36 YEARS ON
Peter Lockwood N2744
I went to the Nationals again this year not with my beloved
N261, but with a 'new' plastic boat N2744 a Paper Dart 36 years
younger than my other twelve! but still 24 years old. After such
a quantum leap through twelve technology you can imagine I was
somewhat surprised to find I was the oldest boat at the champs
yet again. Those that do not know me might be wondering what
kind of a silly old one I am to continue to attend Burton Week
with old boats and no chance of winning (I would not win in a
new boat either).
For me it is not about winning. I go with the honest intentions
of having fun, fellowship, beer and sailing- I have a tremendous
feeling of being welcome and of belonging to an association;
it is a great week and more should try it, yes even in old boats!
Inspite of my age or because of it (and the beer) I was involved
in bar sports, which are as hard fought as the sailing, and in
which I was more successful! I talked about boat tuning, saiIing
techniques, drank heartily went to the disco without a partner
(and left without one...my wife may read this!), I sailed in
beautiful waters and I thoroughly enjoyed myself ..why don't
more of you come?
Old boats still sail well and beat some of their newer rivals,
in the practise race I was at the weather mark with Tom Stewart!
in lighter conditions it seemed I was not the slowest boat. Simply,
it all makes for a Iot of fun and I hope to be at Weymouth '98
and I would like to see more likeminded no hopers turn up tool
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