OK Worlds and a bit of a gossip
8th February 2019 at 9:05pm #18956
I have to admit to having looked at the forum and found to my horror that I was the last person to submit a post that I hoped would get a response. I failed miserably. Since that post I have hung up the OK wetsuit but taken the plunge and bought a GoSlow (increased the likelihood of the old f**t/goat sailing a single hander on the S coast where I would like to roam). I am unlikely to trouble the last quartile of this fleet (I didn’t trouble the last quartile of the OK fleet) but reckoned that I might get my feet or indeed myself wet over the summer months (I have cycled some stupid hills in the Chilterns but not sailed over the last 6 months).
However, there is something that keeps bringing me back to the OK – no it is not the fact that it is supposedly the hidden gem of the UK dinghy scene – it is the people that I have come across over the last few years that even now I gently rib over email. Dave Bourne – who will forever be known as the VC. Burt, who until he hits weight watchers will always be known as the Fat Brewer (sounds more appropriate than the Fat Controller – he will likely smack me for saying that even if I have a right to a bus pass). A fellow retiree from the class – the old web master who hummmmmed and hahhhhhed long and hard before he threw in the towel). Rover – my wife immediately got the nickname – who suffered this idiot’s driving to medemblik last year and produced some wonderful armchair side decks only for me to sell the boat (need to talk to him about 2022). Ian Hoppy Hopwood (where’s the beer). Tim O’Leary (I hope he doesn’t sell his boat as in Devon I was given a 25 year history of the OK class and the antics of the various players. He should write a book). There are also the likes of Ken Carrol and Dave Rose who have departed but who played such a large part of the class and who could keep a dinner table enthralled with past “happenings”
However having said all the above, a frequent exchange with certain members of the UK OK class currently fast asleep in N Island NZ, has prompted me to start a forum thread. Hopefully it will be vaguely amusing and I would hope that it creates engagement. Facebook is all well and good but compare it to the forum of 2-3 years ago? You decide.
Now NZ. The VC managed to come 13th in the Pre worlds. He has been warned that 13 is an unlucky number and as the FB had yet to turn up and keep him honest, he should be careful heading into the real deal. The VC has been warned that he needs to keep the FB in his rear view mirror now that he is sailing one of Alex’s “fast ones”. Our own 5x world champ – NC – (when does he find time to earn a living – I need to be careful here as he doesn’t know me from Adam and even if he started sailing a Solo would not inhabit the part of the fleet I reside in) – came a creditable 2nd. A loosener methinks especially as he was spotted heading for a pizza and beer with the VC and the FB on Friday night. Unsurprisingly he has admitted he will it not try win the practice race on Saturday – it might bring bad luck or was it just an admission that there were too many pizza’s consumed (sorry I can’t spell beer).
I am personally trying to understand how Alex is happy to lend one of his super fast boats to someone who has a passing likeness to Yanis Varoufakis – the ex finance minister of Greece. I have to admit that looking back ….Yanis’ attitude to the EC did ring some bells so I looked to see if our VC had done a degree in economics at Essex. No we are safe – although there are rumours of a twin.
As I type this bilge I am aware that the boys in NZ will have their heads down and god willing will be snoring. I am jealous. The BBC forecast for Auckland shows 24 degrees sunny and 13 mph (I knew I should have gone). Mind you Burt would probably rather be in Medemblik where tomorrow the average is 28kt with gusts of 47kt. You win some you lose some. The brakboer for Wakatere. Right now the latter is worth a flight as it pisses down here.
I reckon I will likely get a robust response from those whose names I have taken in vain. I hope so as this will hopefully get the rest of the membership involved. Reading the happenings on Y&Y is all well and good but it is a bit dull and lacks colour. Give me some more colour and I will paint a picture.
I will still send the odd email to the powers that be who are in the southern ocean (they won’t be awake to see England play France if they want to be competitive…. I think that their inability to watch the match is known as 1-0 in footballers parlance …..provided we beat them). I will share with you an edited version of the correspondence unless they take the bull by the horns and post direct. I would hope they do the latter and that the rest of you log on and type away. Make this a quasi blog and refresh the forum. Make it fun and interactive …. Please
If this doesn’t work I am heading for the last centile in the solo fleet and will let my fingers and thumbs wither from arthritis.
The Goat10th February 2019 at 8:27pm #18957
As things didn’t quite turn out the way we’d hoped on the first day, we thought that, rather than continue the ritual of abstinence and exercise, we’d revert to type and get smashed instead…….right now I’d say mission accomplished!
Cheers!!!10th February 2019 at 9:35pm #18958
That’s more like it. A little bit of R&R will go a long way to sorting out those fickle southern ocean breezes. Was that bottle 1 of 1??????? Nah I am sure that the cure for a crap day on the water was shared so suspect that there is an empty nearby.
Did have a quick look and noticed that the FB and yourself were getting perilously close to that part of the fleet that I used to inhabit. Don’t go there it is a dark place place only suited to the over 60’s. Explains the Barbadian cure though! No bitter out there??
hopefully tomorrow will bring a change of fortunes – as well as a hangover. Will jealously monitor progress from afar
PS England walloped the French – may be a premonition for tomorrow and our boys down under.11th February 2019 at 9:19pm #18959
Rest assured the goat has been following happenings in the southern ocean. Woke up this morning and on the way into london was gobsmacked to see that the fat brewer had smashed race 3 by leading from start to finish. I did enquire how this happened and a reliable source told me that the VC told him what end of the line to start and which way to go up the first beat, only for FB to forget all the advice courtesy of the 2nd bottle of mount gay that was consumed last night and follow his nose looking for the 3rd that was waiting for him on a rapid return to shore. Never underestimate the olfactory glands of a beer taster.
This has however left the VC in a bit of a quandry. He is slowly building up to his pre worlds regatta form and is now in the top half of the fleet, but having bought a rear view mirror that is mounted next to his compass so that he can keep an eye on the FB’s moves he has found that he needs binoculars. I have emailed him and told him that tomorrow is another day and that he works better with good old fashioned English bitter (preferably Tribute or Doombar) than either going dry or glugging the dreaded grog. If bitter isn’t on tap I am sure that there is a Kiwi brew that will get the race machine up and running.
Seriously though well done Burt (bragging rights for one day only). Bournie – just nail the start and let Alex’s machine do the rest. Good luck tomorrow guys.
Goat12th February 2019 at 1:37pm #18960
You have to feel sorry for the VC today. He not only had the FB where he wanted him in the first race – firmly in his rear view mirror – and obviously had gone for the Kiwi beer yesterday as he finished the second in 10 th only to be told he was UFD. Never mind his key supporters in Blighty have order a dozen pairs of spectacles for those on the committee boat with various lenses until they realise that GBr 17 is always on the right side of the line.
still at least we know he has it in him. Consistency might be a bit iffy but I will take an additional fiver to the dinghy show to buy him a beer in case he should turn up and threaten me with all sorts of horrible pain and suffering.
3 days to go!
goat15th February 2019 at 8:46pm #18961
Will keep the final update brief as CMS has told me I suffer from the affliction of the old – I ramble on.
The Fat Brewer won a race and ended up mid thirties. The VC was top ten in a Race until the short sighted race team mistook him for someone elseand gave him the black flag. Still he ended up 4th Brit ( dodged the write up that now lies with the fat brewer who was 3rd Brit) and with a couple of weeks hols in Oz still to come will hopefully come home refreshed and desperate to finish the OKweapon that has been parked in his garage. Hope he makes the dinghy show as will buy him a beer – the FB also if he turns up.
think this will be the last time I post – unless I have a brain fart and decide that 2022 is a must do event. Will keep my OK assoc subscription running just in case
have a great season’s sailing. Weather looks fab for a 50 mile ride On Sunday – not so great for sailing – but will have the go slow out of the garage and at Lymington for the open in the 30 March. Have to keep some sort of sea legs in case 2020 becomes a must do. With that in mind, Any one got a solid but cheap Hein or equivalent (need a good pedigree) that is surplus to requirements that an old boy with too much time on his hands could do up. Failing that does any one know someone who owns a CNC machine that would charge 2/10ths of f*** all to an OAP to enable him to try to build his championship entry. Don’t all rush.
Goat16th February 2019 at 2:21pm #18962
Andy…..you are sounding like you have not really committed to the GoSlo. Are you planning a visit to the Spring Cup with it? If so be prepared for some banter at the Brakenboer.16th February 2019 at 8:12pm #18963
my last post was supposed to be my last post you old bugger.
wont be at medemblik this year – just think of the abuse I would have to take on the chin. Seriously though, the Goslo will ensure I sail through out the summer up and down the south coast. I am sure that once the current sailors realise I am unlikely to trouble them on the race course I am sure that the odd beer will flow.
Yes I would rather it was an OK but the option of 8 opens between Chichester Harbour and Weymouth is not on offer with an OK. The likes of Nick Craig, Charlie and Jim sail other classes and then come back to the beast for the big events. I did find it interesting that Dan Slater built his OK so that he could sail with his mates. We need more of that over here or at least events that people want to travel to and attend.
Now if you want to get me back for the worlds in 2022 – and thus the year before hand ( not sure the VC or FB would welcome that happening) then I need a cheap (v cheap) hein or odonnnel that is sound that I can fettle. Will then pop a ceilidh plus a 2nd hand north on the beast knowing full well that the rig could be sold post the worlds without a major hit to the wallet. Mr Tidd find me such a boat – not before next year though as I think that I would have some explaining to do at home.
hope the family are blossoming and that the little chap is keeping the old boy up half the night and then causing untold aggro the next day. Called happy families.
andy17th February 2019 at 9:18am #18967
I am still chasing around to meet as many OK sailors as I can. If you are at the dinghy show, pop in to us and we can meet.
Bill17th February 2019 at 7:18pm #18968
I will be at the show on the 2nd. I am meeting Colin Meddoowes Smith who was the old webmaster (now a phantom owner) to chew the fat – we both are looking at doing Chichester Harbour race week so March seems a good time to plan for August ……..or am I trying to find an excuse for a chinwag.?
Planned on popping into the stand as if the VC and FB are there I think I might just owe them a beer or two given the public abuse. Still, had a nice email from Burt saying he had been entertained by the commentary. Here’s hoping he wasn’t fibbing. Dave has remained silent ……. oooh errrrr!
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