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Thank you VERY much for your continued sending your emails to me.
I am a 79 yo sailing tragic and intend to (if possible ) to Live to 150 –just to ‘bugger the Gov’t up’ – if at all possible.
I was an Army sailor for 4 Syd—Hobarts –73,74 & 75
I was the then the senior watch-keeper on the Parmelia race (from Portsmouth, Uk- Capetown- to Fremantle (we only came 5th across the line)
I have also sailed almost the length of Bass Strait—back in’67 on my wee Red jacket (it was a 17’ 3” L.O.A. Trailer sailer –round Gabo Island clockwise and high-tailed it back to Portsea
i did a couple of tours of duty in Vietnam as an interpreter and linguist
On my second tour I was tasked with showing folk how to sail a corsair; specifically it was my job to make any ‘wanna bees’ acceptable crews -- great fun was had by all I assure you
My last decent race was in the Inaugural Sydney to Rio – round Cape Horn ( of course) again I was a watch-keeper. Sadly it was the ONLY race over this ‘distance—although it WAS THE INAUGURAL RACE IT WAS THE ONLY ONE SO FAR.
At this time I do not have a yacht of ANY shape or size anywhere near my home , but I do a ‘bit’ Of kayak racing -- but that is fitness and strength AND a wee bit of genuine ‘skull-duggery’ and the distances are quite short usually less than 30 K’s- - - - - which suits me Poifectly! ! !! ! ! ! !
Kind rgds to all and Go the new piles -- glad I haven’t any at this time of my life