Junket - Bay of Islands (NZ) January 2017

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  • 06 Nov 2016 21:20
    Message # 4367017
    OK, folks, it's time to start planning.  In a mere two months time (!) the Tall Ships Regatta will be taking place in Russell, BOI, and we, as usual, will be having a junket to coincide with it.  We had a great turnout last year, but shall we try for the round dozen, this time?

    The Tall Ships event is taking place on Saturday 7th January, but, as usual, junks will be gathered together before and after the event.  Please 'register' on this thread if you think you can attend.

    In addition

    • any boat ready to volunteer for Party Boat Central?
    • anyone got room to spare for boatless junkies?
    • anyone prepared to provide the bottle of rum that I gave last year, for First Junk Across the Line?  (Or should it be Winner on Handicap?)

    All thoughts, suggestions, ideas, offers of help, etc to be posted on this thread, please.  I'll send one email to all NZ members, after which it might be best to use this forum rather than emailing all over the place!

  • 08 Nov 2016 20:37
    Reply # 4370998 on 4367017
    Fantail will be there... but, you know...

    ...as neither racing nor rum particularly appeal to me, I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to offer a different prize for a different goal. I'm still pondering this and would welcome suggestions, but perhaps I could offer a bottle of FantAle (a homebrewed APA) for the crew that complete the course in dressing gown and slippers, or literally singlehanded (one hand only allowed for steering and sail management, the other in a sling), or...?

    Anything, anything but Retsina, which is of course banned in BOI due to its toxity, effect on wildlife etc.


  • 08 Nov 2016 21:37
    Reply # 4371086 on 4367017
    Well, of course, there is no limit to the number of prizes that can be offered!  I had two reasons for the bottle of rum: the first is that it could be presented with the other prizes at the party at the end of the Regatta, the idea being to heighten awareness that there was a fleet of junks taking part in the event.  (As we will be 'racing' in different classes, the first over the line seemed most appropriate).  The second reason was that the bottle could be shared among the other junkies at the Sunday night party.  It was the publicity that was as important as the prize.

    Be assured, Bryan, this is not a race as you know it.  The Classic Invitation, in which Fantail could race, is sailed to the Rules of the Road and no-one is allowed to fly a spinnaker or protest.  It's just an excuse for a lot of delightful boats to sail together.  Sure, some people take it seriously and some people just can't help being competitive, but this is definitely event where it is not the winning that counts, but the taking part.



  • 09 Nov 2016 01:42
    Reply # 4371451 on 4367017

    Footprints and crew will be unable to attend this year.

  • 09 Nov 2016 19:38
    Reply # 4373333 on 4367017
    Oh, David, that's very disappointing.  I was so looking forward to seeing you again and Footprints always makes the rest of the fleet sit up and take notice.  You really will have to kick this work habit!
  • 10 Nov 2016 12:12
    Reply # 4376037 on 4371451
    David Thatcher wrote:

    Footprints and crew will be unable to attend this year.

    Any chance you might make it to the AGM associated rally in March or April?
  • 10 Nov 2016 21:11
    Reply # 4377276 on 4367017

    Don't worry Fantail will be racing. Half the crew may hate racing but luckily the other half is keen even if she has to contend with sabotage or mutiny.....I'll put up that bottle of rum

  • 10 Nov 2016 22:52
    Reply # 4377423 on 4367017

    Woot, LC just formally signed up for the Tall Ships. Cheque in the mail! Come on you suckers, can't race on our own! Last junk across the line ... drinks a glass of ... you know what! :-)

  • 10 Nov 2016 22:55
    Reply # 4377425 on 4370998
    Bryan Tuffnell wrote:Fantail will be there... but, you know...

    Anything, anything but Retsina, which is of course banned in BOI due to its toxity, effect on wildlife etc.


    Dream on my boy!
  • 10 Nov 2016 23:32
    Reply # 4377466 on 4370998
    Bryan Tuffnell wrote:Fantail will be there... but, you know...

    ...as neither racing nor rum particularly appeal to me, I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to offer a different prize for a different goal. I'm still pondering this and would welcome suggestions, but perhaps I could offer a bottle of FantAle (a homebrewed APA) for the crew that complete the course in dressing gown and slippers, or literally singlehanded (one hand only allowed for steering and sail management, the other in a sling), or...?


    The bit about the rum is news to us all! As for the dressing gown and slippers, you volunteering? :-)
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