The growing list of Nicky’s admirers has been
added to by the crew of Rock Oyster, burning up behind us. Here is their Ode to
Ode To Nicola
Sailing one night without
We heard the soft voice of young Nicola......
sent us a shot......
Which we never got.......
We'll wait till
Lucia to tickle 'er.....
Well done lads, keep ‘em coming.
Over lunch we contemplate all the things we have
learnt that they don’t tell you in the ARC handbook:
Things We Have Learnt That They Don’t Tell You In The ARC
- Don’t chase
- Don’t try to avoid
- Don’t sail in squalls with your
- Don’t sail in squalls at night
with your spinnaker
- Don’t sail with your spinnaker
in squalls at night (haven’t we had that – Ed)
- Avoid Holes
- Don’t be photographed not
wearing a lifejacket on deck if you promised your wife you would always wear a
lifejacket on deck.
- Learn how to
- Buy the right fishing equipment
before you leave.
- Don’t reel in too quickly –
tire the fish out
- Don’t reel in too slowly – or
you share the fish with the sharks
- Don’t forget to celebrate happy
- Don’t forget to celebrate the
first quarter, third, half, three quarters, first week, first fortnight, first
1000 miles, last 1000 miles, last 500 miles, and your dog’s
- Ensure you have adequate stocks
of champagne for above celebrations
- Never pull your punches on the
- Don’t allow crew to speak on
the VHF after celebrating any of the above.
- Ensure you have excessive
stocks of beer for everyday use
- Don’t try to identify hairs
that collect in the shower – can lead to feelings of inadequacy amongst the
- Eat oysters at every
- Do not take food that is too
unusual such as foie gras, chateaubriand, Rock Oysters, Oysters Kilpatrick, or
cheese that was on free trial in the supermarket.
- West of 50º, run your generator
24/7 to keep icemaker stocked up.