Tuesday 11 December 2007

Going fast on a broad reach- # 319

I used to be a "frost-bite sailor", crewing for a chap who owned a Fireball...a kind of floating ironing board with a huge sail area that gave it tremendous speed. I had to hang out on the trapeze wire, horizontal over the water. I often muffed the change over when we went about and we both ended up in the cold grey water with a strong wind blowing. We righted the boat, scrambled back in and set off again. My little sailing cap only blew off once and floated away. I never saw it again. But 30 years later I still wear and treasure the little blue cap that replaced it.


  1. What a great story. I have an image now of you floating about on an ironing board! Glad you've still got the little blue cap. Nice one, Chuckeroon.

  2. I learnt to sail zooming along, hanging out over the water on the Noosa River.
    It is still one of my most favourite things to do in all the world.

  3. What a laugh...poor Nigel Harvers...thanks for dropping by