I sat with my friend Kate and thanked her profusely for lending the sail. It had done the job last weekend before the disaster with the boom. I recounted the tale of the boom and showed her the pictures of the underneath of the boat. "Oh my" she exclaimed, "I think it's time for that to go to Boat Heaven". Well words of a similar effect.
Last weekend, once the tears had stopped, I needed to take stock and see what repairs needed doing. The boat was turned upside down and it appeared to be a little more broken than we had anticipated. Quite how he, not only sailed, but won, I truly don't know. I felt bad. Really bad.
Rich, as ever, was upbeat. We can fix it. Sorry, fix that?
The list of upgrades and repairs seem endless, additionally, the 29er needs new sails at an eye watering price, and then there's the Tera and the 2 Oppies that are sailing in my back garden. The boys are growing faster and improving quicker than I had envisaged and it's hard keeping pace.
However, Rich worked his magic that week and salvaged a very poorly boat. George smiled. I was speechless.
We re-launched the boat and politely asked George to be gentle with it, as he was getting a bit of a reputation.
The winds were mixed, ranging from light to rather gusty, but that is often the nature at a small pond. Racing was a welcome break from revision, exams were looming Monday morning. George was sailing well, the repairs were holding and Kate's sail was in great shape. I walked to the OD box to get a better view of the racing and catch up with friends. As they passed round the first mark we cheered and waved.
On the second lap George shouted up to the OD box "My kicker is broken". Seriously? I was beginning to wonder if Kate was right and the boat really needed to go to Boat Heaven. I walked back to the clubhouse to brace myself for the upset and busied myself by making a cup of tea and doing some unnecessary phone admin.
The race finish, he had held his position. How? We rushed up to inspect the damage. " What happened George.". "Oh the knot broke, it's ok, I've retied it".
I'm not sure how my nerves are going to hold out with this racing business, this weekend they are racing the 29er at Grafham, get the gin at the ready...