|fangman (11522km): |
Wazzafetish and Bobtherubberman might argue that being flogged by the Rainbow Warrior has its upsides. From my perspective, the positives are few.
The Rainbow Warrior was on-site at Fangyland early, which is a clear sign that it wasn’t a work day, and was busy spending his weeks wages on new bits of kit that were shiny. I went to rig the Koncept 7.5 and trusty Party Barge, but then noticed some cracks in my mast repair. A bit of jumping on the mast confirmed that it was on borrowed time.
Luckily, the Mr Whippy Van doesn’t just have whips. There are poles too. The Rainbow Warrior was very generous with the use his pole. So armed with a shiny pole that still had glitter on it, I rigged in a flash, but then I noticed the Rainbow Warrior looking distressed. It turned out that the colour scheme of his board and sail and fin was a disaster only matched by the mess of lace and frilled Manchester in the van.
Happily,a Fangyfin in brushed aluminium fitted the scheme to a tee, so after the usual confab had finished, we were on the water just in time for the first rain. The tide was nice and low, the wind a little too North but there were still some nice runs to be had. At least I think there were.
The rain and condensation on my glasses had me sailing like a blind man, and on a couple of occasions I simply stopped because I had no real idea where I was. Unfortunately, after my first couple of runs, things started to sour due to the bitterness of the Rainbow Warrior handing out Mr Whippy serves of ‘Your Arse is Grass’ . After being comprehensively toweled-up for an eternity, I made an excuse about sore ribs and went in.
I sat in the lee of the Mr Whippy Van and watched the aforesaid lay down some nice looking runs. At that moment it occurred to me that this was a Top ten Fangy Day because;
1 - The Fangyfin24 looked to be doing a great job of dealing with the conditions,
2 - The Rainbow Warrior had a very satisfactory pole,
3 - I managed to drink all the coffee in my Thermos before he got back in, so I didn’t feel bad about not offering him any.
Results from my phone:
2 sec 30.644. 10 sec 28.477. Hour 8.596. Nauti 23.825. Alpha 21.918 Distance 22.555km