Although the day had dawned with some lovely patches of blue sky, the cloud cover increased as the start time approached. Wet weather gear was brought along in the hope that it would appease the rain gods and make the rain stay away....
A pretty spectacular Autumns’ day was in store, and from the outset it was looking mighty fine: a NE breeze was eminent and the sun making good heat. All the makings for a great day sailing. As we sat waiting for our voyaging vessel, drinking heartily on the brew that brings on sailing abilities that only a league of extraordinary gentlemen can acclaim, we watched on as the drama unfolded below us at Banjo’s Wharf. Xena (Warrior Princess) was flexing her muscle over a much larger motor yacht to gain access to dock and tie up. Amid the battle, numerous fisherman were sent scurrying, and the motor yacht gave up in defeat. Final scores: Xena 1- Motor Yacht 0. “Way to go, Idaho!”
When I pull up in the car at Bedlam Bay the rain was bucketing down, Darrell arrived a minute later and as we sat in our cars the question was not will we sail, but will we even get out of the car! A full ten minutes passed and there is no sign of Barry so Darrell and I discussed what beer we would have back at the warm dry club house. With no Barry in sight we decided to head off to the club, however just then his car pulled up and miraculously the rain eased off.After a lengthy discussion under cover in the shed, the time came to make a decision. We opted to go out with just enough time to make the start.
Saturday arrived with a forecast much similar to the working week just past with predicted rain & thunderstorms. The day was also a significant Sydney yearly event with the Mardi Gras festival being held in Oxford Street. Five boats braved the conditions with three Div 3 boats and two Div 1 boats. It was another occasion of participation in Div 1 overshadowed by the smaller boats of Div 3. Resurgent put in apologies early in the week from the event. L.O.E.G again found the conditions not to their liking on the day with rain about, or was it too hot or too windy? Or was the boat being used somewhere else (a float to get to their float down in Oxford St), and what the G stand for??? These questions were being asked about this mysterious craft.