One of the things that I find myself doing as I get older is try to hang on to my youth. Why is it that even though your brain thinks you are 23, bits of you start to seize up or break down. Most of you can relate to this unfair and often surprising reduction in function. Like Barry’s shoulders, Jims back, Richards knees, and the list goes on (forgive me if I have neglected to mention anyone’s ailments. You are still important). For me it’s my knees and shoulder. My genetic inheritance has left me with dodge knees and the right shoulder is the result of long ago falls and fractures from motorcycle riding during my early 20’s. Now entering my more mature years the shoulder has said it’s had enough.
Over the last year I have been on a mission to reverse this seizing up trend, spending many hours a week (and quite a lot of money) in exercise therapy. It is starting to make a difference with the offending body bits causing less discomfort and flexibility is improving. But gees, isn’t this body maintenance stuff exhausting and time consuming? Now stick with me as I am getting to the point of this discussion. All this effort is to try and keep everything together at least enough to remain a competent and hopefully competitive sailor.
Being involved with and participating in organised “Sailing” is to some degree what motivates most of us to keep our bodies and minds in functional order. So thank goodness for sailing otherwise we could be 6 feet under and pushing up daisy’s or worse still clogging up the bicycle paths with our electrified mobility devices.
However staying physically and mentally able is often not enough to get a boat out to the start of a race, around the course and over the finish line. The fickle finger of fate can intervene and something unanticipated can happen like what happened to Frou Frou just before the start of this Saturday’s race. We were doing a few pre race manoeuvres with our new crew member for the day Arron and on a perfectly ordinary jibe the traveller car decided to disintegrate resulting in little “torlon” ball bearings scattered everywhere and the main sheet flapping in the breeze. I suppose you could say that if I took as much care with Frou Frou’s maintenance as with my own we would not have experienced this on the water failure. Apologies therefore must go to Jim, Rob, Shaun and Dave aboard Rostered Off for not making the start to give you a decent run for your money.
Rosstered Off and crew did something extremely honourable and sportsmanlike in this Saturday’s race and I would like to acknowledge their good deed. Rosstered Off retired from the race thereby sacrificing valuable first place championship points. Your sportsmanship is appreciated.
With only two TYs on the water, one of which did not start and the other did not finish, there are no race winners to report. Perhaps we can reschedule championship 2 for another day?
Just a reminder about the TY-Staycation events tentatively scheduled for Sunday 4 December, Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 January 2017 and Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 April. Please have a think about this initiative and let me know your thoughts and preferences in person or by email.
The End. Trev