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COURTESY AND RESPECT

Posted by Terry Smith on July 8, 2019 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi guys,

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it has been brought to my notice that a degree of discourtesy/disrespect has crept into our sailing. I take full blame for this as I have failed to notice it while being distracted by other things in my personal life.

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The problem mainly occurs when we have a specific class sailing day - A Class, Marblehead etc.. On those occasions we ask other classes to please give the courtesy of 'room' to the day-specific class at buoys and in general sailing. This is purely as a courtesy not a hard and fast rule. At all times the sailing rules of the road still apply regardless of which fleet you are sailing in, and even if you are only sailing casually.

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We have a large disparity in the skills level of our sailors and those with more experience can become frustrated by those with less water-years under their belt. It is my view that the more skilled sailors have a duty of courtesy to the up-coming sailors of politely showing how conflicts can best be avoided and what actions would best fit the 'courtesy' model. Berating other sailors for real or supposed transgressions can only lead to ill-will. A little advice in a timely manner must be to the benefit of all and the sport in general.

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Respect and Courtesy are both two way streets. If the older sailors give the respect/courtesy of coaching others out of awkward situations, and newer sailors heed this coaching, we can all have less stressful sailing.

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We all do out 'narna' occasionally and quite often it can be done in a humourous and entertaining manner. However, we must always be aware that we can be causing friction. It is a fine line. I greatly value the experienced sailors for their knowledge. I greatly value the newer sailors for they are our future and a pond with only one or two boats on it will please nobody.

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Again, my apologies to any newer sailors who, rightly, feel that I have not acted in a timely manner. I value your sailing.

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I also apologise to the experienced sailors for not giving more coaching to the newer guys so that potential conflicts would not arise.

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Please, everyone, take a deep breath, settle back and sail with courtesy and respect.

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The bottom line is that we are all supposed to be having fun.


CLUB MOTTO - REVISED

Posted by Terry Smith on April 30, 2019 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Hi Terry :-)

I think the expression you are looking for is

Ventis enim variabilis est stagnum ignis :-X

cheers

Graham A :-)

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Ave Graham, transferendum tu salutant.

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The phrase ‘Venti in stagnum, sit variabilis’ was produced by Google Tranalate. I had some reservations as to its’ accuracy.

Venti...............the wind

In.....................in/on

Stagnum.........the lake/pond

Sit....................let it be

Variabilis.........variable

This would be OK as an invocation to the gods i.e. ‘Let the winds on the pond be variable’, then sacrifice a goat/duck/virgin as appropriate. The problem then becomes, which of the Venti should we invoke; Aquilo, Auster, Vulturnus or Favonius? I would propose Favonius as he would give us our best sailing conditions. I really think that it would be better to separate our club from religion.

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The first thing that stands out with your phrase is the word ‘ignis’ which, as we all know, is fire.

Secondly, the verb ‘est’ is not at the end of the sentence.

Word by word your phrase comes out as

Ventis.............the winds

Enim...............for

Variabilis........variable

Est..................is

Stagnum........the lake/pond

Ignis............... fire

Or ‘For variable winds is the lake of fire’. Doesn’t quite trip off of the tongue. And we do not have a burn-off permit.

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The Latin that I learnt in high school would have the verb at the end of the sentence. I think that it should actually be ‘Venti in stagnum variabilis est’.

Venti...............the wind

In.....................in/on

Stagnum.........the lake/pond

Variabilis.........variable

Est....................is

‘The wind on the pond is variable’,

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iubentium,

Terry

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Should we add

MAXIME CIRCA MORTUOS LIGNUM

I am not sure of the latin for "Bob's Bastard Bouy

We were very short of virgins and goats.

It will have to be a duck.

Cheers

Graham A

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cave volantem per calceus

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Bob pila bastardis est

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STELLA TABULA !

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CLUB MOTTO

Posted by Terry Smith on April 21, 2019 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

VENTI IN STAGNUM, SIT VARIABILIS

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And don't you forget it!

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HERSELF

Posted by Terry Smith on April 21, 2019 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Herself took off to Pomgolia for a couple of months. She went especially to see the Staffordshire Bull Terriers at Crufts. Unfortunately she was so disappointed with the standard of Staffies at the show that she went and watched at the Soft Coated Wheatens instead. I thought they were biscuits.

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I don't know what the big deal is with house-keeping. I slept on my side of the bed until the sheets were due to be washed and then I moved to her side. After an appropriate period I moved into the spare bedroom and that gave me another two weeks sleep. When I got down to sleeping in the swag it was time to do the washing.

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She came back and promptly took off to Hobart.

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On her return she stayed for a couple of weeks and is now in Mount Gambier - for another round of dogs shows.

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I am racking up no end of boat buying brownie points.

BOO !

Posted by Terry Smith on April 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Did I scare anyone?

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Things have been a bit hectic and whilst my mind and body have been on a go-slow strike.

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Hopefully, things will imorove.

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I've got a few things to sort out today regarding online picture storage, but after that all things should start coming back together.

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But..................................................Don't hold your breath.

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WORKS AND JERKS

Posted by Terry Smith on February 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

TOILET FACILITIES

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Our toilet is almost ready to be re-commissioned. Mark kindly did our digging for us. We figured that the hole was deep enough when some Chinese guy at the bottom of the hole started complaining that the water was draining out of his rice paddy.

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We might ask The Toad to cut the ribbon at our AGM.

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DOCKLANDS

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While Mark had his Tonka Toy there he also re-arranged some of our beach in order to dredge ot Brian's Channel. When the water comes back Brian's Channel will again be available for navigation. We'll get Brian to cut that ribbon.

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We will be building a wharf area for the launching and retrieving of A Class boats. The Club has a couple of sleepers but more are needed. Before we go out and buy some, does anyone have any sleepers - timber or concrete - that they can spare?

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CALENDAR

Posted by Terry Smith on February 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Just a heads up on the calendar.

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03 MAR 2019

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Philip Scapens has managed to fit us into his VERY busy schedule. Our Annual Function will be at his house, 12 Hume Street, Seaview Downs on 03 MAR 2019. The Club will supply the meat and members are asked to bring a salad or a sweet. Philip has promised even more spectacular entertainment than his last Fire and Light show. Thanks for the venue Philip.

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30 MAR 2019

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Our AGM will be held at the dam on this Utility Day. Following the AGM we will continue with some Novelty Races and maybe even some prizes.

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06 APR 2019

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This A CLass day has been nominated as a Ranking Event. Scores from this are sent to ARYA for National Ranking. There will only be A Class boats on the water. Despite this there will be plenty to keep other Club members interested and involved. Come, watch, learn. Being an A Class day there will also be the usual BBQ.

THE ECOLOGY OF PARIS CREEK

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The bio-diversity of Paris Creek has been compromised by the introduction of an invasive species - Cyprinus Carpio. This beast is more commonly known as the European Carp.

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Thankfully our Club has an ecologist/greeny who has made it his task to rid our section of Paris Creek of this blight on Australian waterways.

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Bob Tuohy has fearlessly attacked the Carp population with his fishing skills, gradually whittling away at the stranglehold that they have. The size of these beasts can be quite monstrous. They can also be quite sneaky. Unknowingly, Bob latched onto a monster that moved away slowly and dragged his tackle, rod, reel and all, into the dam without Bob noticing.

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The first hint of the drama that was about to unfold was when a strange object started floating away from the bank. This was the handle of Bob's rod which was, luckily, floatable. On realising what was happening, David Draper went into the water like a Bondi life-saver. Unfortunately he startled the denizen and it took off before David could reach the handle.

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The monster from the deep then proceeded to swim around the dam to show off his prowess in buggering off with a rod. Several boats tried to catch the rod on tneir keels but this was ineffective. The breeze was so slight that even if they had snagged it, they would not be able to drag it back to shore.

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The boats dropped away as the rod approached Eastern Island leaving only Bob's boat trailing after the rod. The rod came to a halt just off the western bank of Eastern Island and Bob very cunningly got his boat snarled on the island too.

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Time for me to do my Steve Irwin act. After a neck deep stroll over to Eastern Island I did a catch and release on Bob's boat. Then things got messy. There I was with a potential man-eater lurking about the submerged tree roots.

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'Crikey" I thought 'this may not be the best idea that I've ever had.' I retrieved the rod and passed it to Bob who was bravely watching from the bank. I then commenced tracing my way back to our aquatic nemesis by following the line. It ran over and under several snags before I ran out of slack. Then began an enormous struggle as I battled against the severely tensioned line. Just when I thought 'Crikey, if I have a heart attack right now things may be not very good' there was a sudden rush of line towards me.

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The line had snapped right at the hook. I reckon the wily beast had stuck the hook into a snag and buggered off, chuckling, while I fought against a tree root.

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Curse you foul, slimy beast of the depths. You haven't seen the last of me!

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DON SMITH

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It is with sadness that I inform the Club that Past Commodore Don Smith passed away in his sleep 14/15 JAN 2019.

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I will let Club members know more details as they become available.

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NO SAILING 16 JAN 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to the forecast temperature for this Wednesday, there will be no sailing at Paris Creek.