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Dolphyn Diary #350: 20 May 2020

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Thank you to our members for sharing their stories with us this week. (below)

We would like to keep the DD happy and full of interesting articles - please feel free to share your stories with us sailing@fbyc.co.za

Not sure you have an interesting story? Maybe you have an old picture of the club and a story to go with it. We are not looking for long articles just a paragraph or two to keep us all connected during these uncertain times.

We would love to share your story.
CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL BOAT/ SMALL CRAFT OWNERS


Please note that our Customer Service Officers will work the following hours during Level 4 lockdown. There are certain restrictions on public transport on a Sunday.
  • Monday to Saturday 08h00 to 16h00
  • Sunday 08h00 to 14h30
Please note that the access control process at the club has been changed to accommodate the COVID-19 protocols.
We ask that you exercise patience while you wait at the gate as we are trying to protect everyone.



YACHT COF’s:
Some yachties will have received emails from SAS, reminding them that their COF has expired/is about to expire. Please note that SAS has confirmed that these are automated emails, and they fully understand that surveys cannot take place under lock down.

AMENDED BY - LAWS

Addition to FBYC By - Laws, as approved by GenCom at its meeting on 13th May 2020:
19. Disaster Management
a. FBYC will ordinarily abide by Government Disaster Management Protocols and will advise members accordingly when these are implemented.
b. FBYC COVID-19 Regulations:
i Masks to be worn at all times whilst on Club/Marina property.
ii Temperatures to be taken on entry to the Club.
iii All persons must sanitize hands upon entry to the Club.
iv All persons to complete registry upon entry to the Club.
v Social distancing protocols of 1.5m to be followed at all times.
My fellow South Africans and our esteemed visitors from other beautiful countries...

GenCom has been meeting remotely and at last evening’s Zoom meeting it was decided to have weekly meetings during the lockdown period.

This will enable everyone to stay informed about current events, COVID and Club related.
All FBYC staff would like to thank GenCom for diligently and voluntarily offering up their time in these unchartered waters.

Social distancing being of utmost importance, please stay safe. Patience and resilience has been shown by so many so let’s keep that flag flying.

Kind Regards
Natasha
GM

OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES

It is with sadness that we inform members of the passing of long standing member, Alan Smart. He had been battling cancer for the last six months and ultimately succumbed to the illness on 23 April 2020. Our sincere condolences to his family.

ANGLING

Please see attached comprehensive proposal to the Government by SASACC on behalf of anglers.
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ROWERS/PADDLERS

Like all of our water sport counter parts, just keep dreaming those dreams. Soon we'll be back on the water!
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BELOW ARE STORIES SHARED BY OUR MEMBERS

ONE OF THOSE THINGS


The year was 2005 and I had just returned to South Africa from London in August. Trusted friend Andrew Mckenzie had bought the Miura “Apple Pie” for me a few months previously. Having hardly sailed Apple Pie and being fairly clueless about many things about her (do I hear a rude comment from Andrew?) I was nevertheless keen to sail the Spring Regatta. Andrew helped me dig up a crew, as he was not available and off we went.

I can’t recall which day it was but it was rough and very windy and most of us had reefed genoas. We completed the days racing and headed for harbour against the stiff South Easter. Just when we needed it the engine refused to start. We managed to sail almost onto our mooring but the line which we threw to Arnold (“Supreme Lady”) who was moored next to us missed the mark and we were blown backwards totally out of control. I was expecting the worst but by some extreme stroke of luck one mooring directly astern was empty. With little or no help from the gibbering crew we reversed neatly into it with no damage at all to “Apple Pie” or adjacent yachts.
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Apple Pie = Sail 909
I spent the remainder of that evening in the pub basking in the congratulations by other yachties on a great feat of seamanship!

Little did they know (until now)....

Peter Reece

THE MEANING OF CUTTER


The current owner of the little gaff cutter I built sent me this delightful picture of her out sailing.

Whilst building her a friend wrote to ask me to explain the meaning of cutter.

I thought the best way to explain would be in verse and for the hell of it I am attaching that description here:
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IT’S ELEMENTARY DEAR NATTIE AND I’LL EXPLAIN IT THUS
A BOAT IS NO LORRY, NO CAR AND NO BUS
THERE’S A HULL THAT ENSURES THAT THE SEA STAYS OUTSIDE
AND THE PEOPLE INSIDE WILL STAY DRY AS THEY RIDE

A CUTTER DOESN’T CUT IN THE SENSE OF THE WORD
BUT HAS TWO SAILS UP FRONT LIKE THE WINGS ON A BIRD
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS LIKE HELL AND IT THREATENS TO DROWN
THE PEOPLE ON BOARD, WELL THEY TAKE ONE SAIL DOWN

A GAFFER’S NOT A MAN WHO SERVES IN A BAR
BUT A SAIL ALMOST SQUARE BUT LARGER BY FAR
THAN ITS TRIANGULAR COUSIN OFT FOUND ON A SHIP
BUT LOWER AS WELL SO THE GOOD SHIP WON’T TIP

NOW LAPSTRAKES DON’T LAP, THOUGH THEY STRAKE VERY WELL
AND THEY FORM THE FINE PLANKING FOR MAKING THE SHELL
THAT’S THE HULL OF THE YACHT WHEN YOU SEE IT THIS WAY
WITHOUT WHICH THE SAILORS WOULD BE CARRIED AWAY

NOW WITH THIS KNOWLEDGE A GAFF CUTTER’S NOT THAT WRY
BUT A VESSEL OF BEAUTY THAT PLEASES THE EYE
AND WHEN FINALLY SHE IS FINISHED AND YOU STEP ON BOARD
WE’LL SHOW YOU THE FUN THAT THIS BOAT CAN AFFORD!

IAN OF PICTON

WELCOME TO OUR NEW LIVE-ABOARD

A beautiful young Southern elephant seal has made itself at home in our waters probably for its first moult!

This youngster will grow to between 3 - 5 meters in length and weight between 2 200 – 4 000 kg.

Southern Elephant Seals main feeding area is at the edge of the Antarctic continent.

It’s rare to see them on our coastline, but when the time comes for their annual molt & our shores provide the closest haul-out, they grab the opportunity.
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Lots of fish activity under the marinas.
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