Sunday, November 05, 2006

Maiden Flight

The Island Bay race that wasn't - 4th November.

As usual Wellington lived up to it's reputation and was blowing 25 gusting 40 in the marina. We still wanted to take the boat out even if we did not sail to Island Bay. The race committee made a good call and made the day into a long harbour race as it was gale/storm warning in cook. With an unfamiliar new boat that's not something you want to try. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have lots of sailing badges ( bruises ) to prove it but there were some teething problems which is understandable as it was the first race on Airship. The wind just knocked us flat a number of times, but then everybody was rounding up and lying flat. The wind had built to gusts well over 40kts. We received a double gun solute on finishing.

The evening was celebrated with a BBQ at the shed to watch the public display of fire works with lots and lots of people. The shed community is special and everyone shares olive oil, sausages and tall sailing stories and many memorable evenings have been spent down by the water. - But I don't think I'll forget catching two sailors dancing to a xylophone solo in their own shed - I'll need a chocolate bar to expunge that from my memory, so that I don't name names - guys?

We were all knackered and I don't think I've seen Dave so tired, we ushered people off and closed up the shed in record time.

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