PIRATES. - Finished on
5th of September. That's it for another year shipmates.
Last Pirates. - 8th September
As ever the Pirates were out in force,
14 boats, some 30+ youngsters, in the gusty winds and sunshine.
Gary decided to fly the Pirate flag at 1/2 mast - the first to
notice was the commodore......then the children came to ask as
well - ...."we are in mourning" said Gary, as Pirates
has come to an end. There was a race and then some fun and the
usual capsizing, which everyone loves!!! While the children enjoyed
their hot chocolate, Jerry made a little speech about how important
the Pirates are - the largest activity in the club, with more
youngsters on the water, more people enjoying the club facilities,
than even the Sunday and Wednesday racing! Quite amazing!
Presentation were made to Gary, Don
and David, Carole was away, and Gary said his 'bit' as well and
there were 'thank yous' all round.
Up the Pirates!!
Saturday dawned, fine but a little chilly,
but it did not deter the campers. Firstly, there were a few arrivals
for the work party, wrongly shown in the Year Book for the 31st.......it's
next Sat 7th!! But David, Mike, Frantz. Bob and Peter set about
strimming, moving sand and bricks from under the galley window,
then helping set up for the camp sail - Louise did a sterling
job supervising the erection of the gazebo.
Tents were soon being put up and Gary
had agreed to do an 'extra' Pirate session in the afternoon -
another race and more fun on the water, with kayaks, an assortment
of boats - Rob, Colm and Hugh 'road testing' the Firefly kindly
given to them by Chris - the youngest Pirate, Affe, out for her
1st sail in her brother's Oppie - with smiles and capizes all
Soon the BBQ was being lit, Colin and
his mates arriving with their instruments and delicious food being
enjoyed to the accompaniment of some wonderful jazz music, with
a beautiful sunset over the lake as a back drop - quiet idyllic.
The huge bonfire was lit and the youngsters disappeared to enjoy
the warmth of the flames - there was even some dancing on the
deck and a wonderful chorus of Happy Birthday for Alice's 16th
In the musicians break a gorgeous bouquet
was presented to Carole for all the work she has put into running
the Pirates all summer long.
But all too soon it was getting late
and a little chilly....though some stayed up into the small hours......
Sunday morning saw a flurry of activity,
with Gary cooking bacon on the BBQ, everyone 'mucking in' to take
the gazebo down and clearing up ready for the Sunday racers keen
to start the Cobley pursuit series. It was a good race in a nice,
gusty at times, wind.
But with the campers packing up their
tents and some heading off, the day did not end there as Simon
arrived with his family to celebrate his birthday, along with
Sue, Dean, their girls and Sally and Mike with their friends and
a picnic lunch - it was all happening at RSC at the week end!
There was an amazing sunset over the
lake when the last of us left.
Many thanks go to everyone who helped
to make such a great time at the club.
Operating procedures for Pirates