Mr. Ed

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  1. Mr. Ed

    Show your boat not sailing

    I might be wrong, but I bet it's a smart filter in photoshop or some even cleverer bit of software. Rasputin is the king of rendering ....
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    Hate on my new that 70's boat...

    I shall steal that equation, shamelessly
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    Hate on my new that 70's boat...

    When we got together I promised Mrs Ed that I would never shout at her on the boat - the best sailing lesson I ever got, incidentally - and I have never broken that promise. It doesn't apply to unloading tensions by shouting out of the boat: in a classic yott regatta I found myself shouting "For fuck's sake" at another helmsman before remembering the nature of the fleet, and added "sir" to the end of it. FSSS became an acronym of choice for a while to describe another boat's unexpected manoeuvre. Even worse was when I completely messed up a mark rounding, and we went from hero to also-ran. As we got it back together I apologised to our lovely crew, and got back on with it. We passed an angling boat shortly after, and I surprised myself by responding to some very low level abuse from them by dropping the tiller and standing up and screaming at them that they could "Stick their fucking rods up their fucking arses." It took me by surprise as much as it did everyone else, and the funniest part of it was when I turned back to the crew looking for approval and everyone was suddely looking at their fingernails intently, or watching the tumbleweeds blow by. Good times...
  4. 2 Legs and KC: Do you two realise you're subverting the entire nature and raison d'être of the internet by having a rational and calm discussion about a subject you have widely different views on? Carry on - it's enlightening. I wonder if this could catch on? In Britain-land we tend to make up our minds before talking to anyone else and then just abuse each other. The quality of discourse over the B-word and other important subjects is catastrophically low.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Context of narrative: Sailing with Mother (skipper) across the Irish Sea to Milford Haven, many many years ago. Nature of Mother: Natural sailor, but no interest or ability in maintenance whatsoever. Event: Entering MIlford Haven in some weather - an easy enough entrance as long as you avoid various tide races. Nature of Failure: tiller gradually working its way off the stock during the passage. Any reference to this met with denial from skipper, till it came off just as we were entering. Nature of life-saving Device: Mole wrench (English for Vise Grip, which sounds to us like an advanced sexual technique for professionals only, similar to the Singapore Grip, which apparently made Edward VIII so fond of Mrs. Simpson).
  6. Mr. Ed

    Show your boat not sailing

    I remember 76 - finishing off school. Horrible it was. The century comment was based on people saying it was better than 76 . . . A summer of love anyway
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    Show your boat not sailing

    And the same view with guests. They came all the way from Singapore, and spent a fortune on thermals and waterproofs, to be meet with a near-tropical summer.
  8. Mr. Ed

    Show your boat not sailing

    Here's another Connemara landscape with yott and tender. On Ilauneeragh, just down from Kilkieran.
  9. Mr. Ed

    Show your boat not sailing

    Bloody good deck to have in Baddeck... Sorry, couldn't help myself.
  10. Mr. Ed

    Hate on my new that 70's boat...

    The funniest thing I heard on a rail, addressed to a "team leader" type, but just out of his clear hearing, was "there's no letter i in the word cunt". Sorry for the obscenity: reported speech, not in my vocabulary really, but it was beatifully done.
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    Hate on my new that 70's boat...

    That reminds me of the famous sailing misanthrope Bill Tilman to new crew members “what I want from you is silence and not too much of it either”.
  12. Mr. Ed

    Show your boat not sailing

    Two legged will confirm the unIrishness of this year’s summer, and we were blessed to have had nearly a month in a once in a century season. As someone said “it was like the Med without the wankers”. Here she is in Connemara (Greatman’s Bay) with the Pins in the background. The most extraordinary cruise. Even going slowly we passed as many places as we visited and are staying there for next season at least.
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    Coolboats to admire

    OK I’ll bring it to Maine then. Will that swing the deal?
  14. Mr. Ed

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    No, it’s a troll. We’ve all heard of trolling.
  15. Mr. Ed

    Coolboats to admire

    Wonderful. So you’re coming over to Ireland next summer to photograph our boat. There’s a good pint or two in it for you ... you really are very good!