Thursday Snippets, 24 September

A wintry blast of weather in Melbourne for the final weekend of September. We have another ASC Drinks and Chat 4 to 5pm on saturday at Doug’s ASC Virtual Bar. Members and friends most welcome. This will include a chat on return to operations at Albert Sailing Club when restrictions allow. The Albert Sailing Club Bathtub Boat building competition is progressing well. Entrant online registration via link on club website, by saturday 26th September with boat photos submitted by 5th October.
Join the ASC Drinks and Chat session on

The article ‘Sydney 2000 and its Sailing Legacy” has been published on the Australian Sailing website and is a recommended read. Our own Tom King with his crew John Dransfield won a gold medal in the 470 class in the last week of September of the year 2000. The article includes a catchup with Tom and John, and the other sailing medallists from those games.

On 19th September it was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. To brush up on pirate speak an extract on pirate lingo from the IRLaPD website is provided below. Melbourne’s tall ship Enterprize is the closest we have to a Pirate Ship. The Enterprize has been in lockdown at Melbourne’s Docklands since mid March.  The latest crew photos on  capture the enthusiasm of the crew when they have had their annual pirate days in past years. 

Looking forward to sailing on Albert Park Lake again soon.

Rod Thomas
for Albert Sailing Club committee

How To …… Talk* Like a Pirate

Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew. Here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if that’s your thing.
Ahoy! – “Hello!”
Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!
”Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

And one more
Bung hole – Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On TLAP Day – When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when you say, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.” That statement will be instantly followed by the sound of people putting down their utensils and pushing themselves away from the table.

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