Well, that’s it for 2017

We only had a modest turn-up today but that’s understandable at this time of the year. Conditions were pretty good, and it only got really warm around midday.

A good mixture of boats from 65 to Budgie. And of course, the two new classic boats.

 

Not a lot of photos but you can see it was a lot of fun, as always.

Following 8 weeks of build, Greg and I debuted our respective BearOSpace Emma model sloops. Both were constructed pretty much the same in respect to dimensions, weight and general fitting out. What is different is how they appear. My Anna is certainly a variation of my schooner, the Molly G.

Today was the last sailing day for the year so they just made it to be 2017 vintage.

The idea of the two boats being so similar is to make them competitive to each other in match racing, a race where the outcome will be up to the skipper’s prowess, or, the luck of the breeze.

Here’s a video showing the two Classic sloops testing out the water. May be of interest to some of you.

While gardening is not what we go to the lake for, it is something that is occasionally discussed over lunch. And often, the much-desired Christmas tomato. I don’t know who started me out on that, but it was way back, and since then I’ve nearly always managed to have at least one for the table on Dec 25th. A couple have claimed success only to find a grub hole in the bottom, not these beauties. The variety is called Patio Prize. It is a pot style variety, as you can see. Some of you have had tomato seedlings from me over the years as I raise the best over winter. I’ll be doing so with seed form this one, so I’ll let you know when the plants are ready (usually October, in a pot) and you are welcome to them. I also had a variety, which I hope I still have, that is a late producer of much bigger than cherry tomatoes (and with  a soft skin) that keeps on ripening until the frost hits them.

Didn’t expect all this in a sailing blog, hey?

If you are  a Phantom owner then consider having your boat ready for round one of the Phantom Series, there may be a trophy in it for you. Speaking of which, Russ D has kindly provided a photo of his from last week’s DF95 series presentation.

 

 

Brian served up notice that the 65 fleet (including Affinity) should watch  out for his new, powerful  V.6  “A” Plus sail 65. It fair screamed around the course today. At least 3 others will show up early 2018.

 

Of real concern is the dramatic further drop in the lake level.  We might all be back at Tom Thumb before we know it, at least temporarily.

 

Saw at least one “rat” today. Another flyer.

 

Is a batman , is it a flying saucer .. is it…   a  bird?

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Note that will be no organised sailing on Monday as it is New Year’s Day. New calendar below.

 

Oh, yes…  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL !

 

4 comments on “Well, that’s it for 2017

  1. Thanks for a great year to Mal and the Neangar Crew. Really enjoy your company and the diversity of folks and boats.

    • Thanks Graeme, and thank you for being one of our most active and enterprising members.

      New Year tidings to you and yours

      Mal

  2. Thanks Mal for all thoroughly enjoyable blogs for 2017, keep up the good work.

    All the best to you and yours for 2018.

    Marg & Roy

    • Thank you both for a delightful year of sport, and, a lot of fun.

      Hope you both have a great 2018 and that what you are seeking will come your way.

      See you in that new year and we’ll all have a ball.

      Regards

      Mal

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *