Success in the first leg of this year's edition of the Rolex Vaucluse Challenge (RVC) can be attributed largely to the adoption of one of Adam Smith's finest principles: the benefits of specialisation. We all use the same hull, and even as Adam Smith predicted, our Centre of Engineering Excellence has tools specially designed for Laser sailor use.
However, like fundamentalism, specialisation needs to be tempered. Tempering was done by diversification of sailors rather than hull. The process started in 2001/2002 season when the club welcomed radial sailors. It then quickly snowballed: vegetarians; woman-folk (sailors and not just in the "fine Ladies' Auxiliary”); “yoof”; economic refugees from Europe; 4.7 sailors; et cetera.
However, the process almost stalled when the question of accepting investment bankers into our worker’s paradise arose. The tough decision was made, and it turned out exceptionally well with both applicants becoming highly accretive members. (Troublemaker is heading to hospital this week. We understand it is reductive surgery for lifestyle reasons. One wonders to what extent this correlates with his underlying nomenclature?)
The après sailing spread laid on by VYC was a gourmand's dream...pesto chicken, gourmet snags, pasta, several salads, crusty bread, home baked chockie cake, a lovely cheese plate (tastefully garnished with crackers, grapes etc), and a boat full of a variety of beers. The Commodore took photos, but his loving daughter despatched his phone to the harbour floor on Sunday prior to filing. Fair to say, VYC put up a great claim for the VYC/ DBSC Plate.
A fabulous, and successful, RVC Saturday....enjoy the photos that survived.