|Benny McCarthy (1080km): |
Port Douglas, QLD, AU
The phone was silent after sending the message out yesterday evening... I was guessing it was due to my track record of scaring away the wind- but alas, today the curse was broken!
Being the eternal optimist when it comes to getting a sail in, I made a quick early afternoon phone call to Andrew then decided to venture north to PD to try and catch some wind. Bugger all wind seemed to be around until I reached the part of the road which winds around the coastline where white caps were then in abundance.
So it was just the 2 rookies hitting the water where the rich & famous frolic. Billy couldn't make it as he was doing something with his bikini line & unfortunately the Mayor Ed Wheatley was busy at work toiling away somewhere near the boulevard of broken dreams. Ed managed to duck down for a quick chat at the end of the day and gave me a sail to hand onto our newbie Johnnie McGlashen- I'm sure he'll really appreciate it.
Wasn't expecting much, so just took the now old party barge Exocet 135 & rigged the Severne OD 7.8 with 47.5 black project fin. What a pleasant surprise it ended up being! A solid 16-18knots at a guess. Plenty of power with the 7.8 sail, with front feet in the straps most of the time. Fitness condition giving in at times- got flung over the handlebars once resulting in a dead knee for 5 minutes or so...
All said and done, it ended up being quite a fun afternoon out on the water. Thanks for the company Andrew!
"Long May our Big Jibs Draw!"