WANTED: single man with boat. Please send picture of boat.
As I’m sailing at Cowes this week, I was thinking of simply putting up this picture in lieu of a post… But then the lovely Charly, the youngest of our crew and the one at the pointy end (foredeck) responsible for hoisting, gybing and dropping the spinnaker, often while up to her calves in water, turned out to be rather marvelous at pub games. So, for your delectation and delight, here’s a video of her flipping a quite surprising number of beer mats… Charlie also had a great trick involving two bottles of beer, two glasses and two straws: the challenge being to transfer the beer from the bottles to the glasses within 10 seconds, without picking up the bottles. It proved to be a rather messy challenge, particularly since the pub we were in had stopped serving beer in bottles at 4.30pm, so we were forced to use bottles of wine instead (hint: if you try it with wine bottles, you’re going to need extra-long straws, and a visit to the cashpoint first…). If you want to know the secret of how to transfer the contents of the bottle into the glass within 10 seconds – without picking up the bottle -simply comment on this post to be let in on the secret… Cowes has turned out to be the source of a number of vaguely funny t-shirts (but then again we did have our ‘Dark & Stormy’ rum & ginger beer and lime party last night, so perhaps I’m not the best person to judge the quality of writing on t-shirts today…). Posted here are three of them. I’m also posting the amazing ‘Morphsuit’-ed yacht crew (reminded me of the baddies in Howl’s Moving Castle, the Japanese cartoon movie), just because I can, and of my friend’s blue toes in Havaianas, just because they looked so pretty. Oh, and a spinnaker drop, because I like the photo, and to remind us that sometimes they do go right. =