just a quick question is anyone going to the bloody mary !!
sure there will be loads going
Northerly, sunny and force 4. Skiffs may be light in numbers as the wind chill will be crippling. Good Merlin weather though with mainly shy broad reaches.
do u think it will be frozen over ?
Having looked at the forcast there is a very good chance it will be. It is not going to get above freezing till next week at Queen Mary and has not been for a few days. According to WInd Guru that is!!
I'd second Jez on the temperatures; and if the snow arrives, it could be slippery ashore by then. IIRC there's a steep climb to the dinghy park, and a steep descent into the water (or onto the ice).
Yes, but based on last year's experience, the launching/recovery was assisted and went very smoothly. We even got given a restorative mini-bottle of whisky on coming ashore! If the snow doesn't block the roads and the event goes ahead, we'll definitely be going...
You wimps. I remember when I was a lad we would sail with the spray freezing on the decks of the old Merlin. The spinni was frozen in the chute. The sheets had to be pushed through the blocks due to them freezing, and that was in a force 3-4. Youngsters these days your getting soft. Likelihood of QM freezing very low due to the water movement. So just get down there sail get a little cold and warm up in the bar with a whisky Mac or five. P.s. in my day we did not have dry suits.
....yes and in your day driving home after 5 whisky macs wasnt a problem!
hopefully it wont be frozen and the snow will clear looking forward to the sail but maybe the whiskey a little more lol !!
Tis easy, one has ones chauffer to drive one home. Then it is not a problem.
Eh -you were lucky Hardy Southener.We would set out in t'old Rocket with just vest and shorts on, fall in , turn blue, and had to have us heart started with jump leads attached to Morris Bullnose. the we had a boottle of brandy each and went home in wet vest, shorts, and slipover on t'bike, cycling 2 days on diet of small coal and stale bread. Merlin sailors today dont know what its' like to be cold
I might pop down for a look-see but given that it was barely tolerable last year i'll give this year a miss given that it looks worse!
Sailed it a few times but one time crew fell in and his long hair froze to his lifejacket?? Oh and the mainsheet that I coiled up a few days earlier could be held horizontally!! Still finished though and loved every moment Cheers Allez!!
does anyone know if it is still in liquid form and not frozen ?
Launching and recovery could be a right mission - do we have any inside info anywhere?
Just spoken to QMSC, at this time they are expecting the Bloody Mary race to run. The water is not frozen, and they have wind. They do not expect this to change over the next few days. However they will be making a final call on Friday morning, and are intending to post on the website if it is not on. QM web address is www.queenmary.org.uk
Eh, you were lucky salcombebloke, with your Mediterranean micro climate. When we got up in the morning, before having gone to bed, had to scrape the ice off our eye balls. And coal, you were lucky. we would huddle round our old boots trying to get what heat we could from the day previous. But Eck they were grand days them were. When men were men or at least hoped they were, but could not tell, it was to bl---y cold.
Sounds like it's going to be another very cold one this weekend!! Kelly and I won't be able to make it sadly as we're sailing a 60ft Maxi around the Whitsunday Islands instead ;-) I don't think we'll need worry about freezing sheets or cleats.... Hope it's a good one though!!!
QM to make decision 2:00 pm today (Friday). It will be posted on there website http://www.queenmary.org.uk/
oops they have put Jan 10th on the QM website.
It's a company so there. Not a person so their
Used as possesive pronoun, therfore 'their' is correct.
Na na na na na so there, or is it their.
Or even THEREFORE !!
Bloody Mary is going ahead. Happy sailing to all who go. But do remember to dress up warmly.
Sorry xx. "Their" is a possessive adjective, not a pronoun, but you are absolutely correct that it should be "their" and not "there".
check the forecast, one weather website puts the wind chill at -9 ! cold enough to freeze a monkeys bum
well done richard w and ollie 3rd
1st 9012, Andy Smithy & Tim Needham, 505 (Staunton Harold)
When does everyone who sailed get released from the lunatic assylum??
Probably not for some time! (but we should be out in time for Ranelagh in February)
gee the 505 has a big spinny hope their handicaps have been adjusted
Kath doubted Megan's thoughts on the size of the 505 spinnaker ..... until she saw the photos!
mmm, thinks, could I set one of those on a Merlin?
Correction it was an Etchell kite and he was sailing off a rating for main and jib. Lost the Tiger and Steve Nicholson that year to that configuration. Spoke to the A Raters association and their handicap is for closed and open waters and the kite slipped through as they had not accounted for that problem. Look at the 2007 Tiger photos to see the size of the kite. However, once our B14 had passed nearly all the boats, we were 50 m off the A rater when the gun went. Had just gone through the last Merlin but they even screwed that result up!!!
You could always launch a little later Barnsie.... Like 55 mins later....
in the gallery
funny story that......!!!
Losing the Tiger and Steve Nicholson that year did not bother me but seemed to bother a number of viewers and competitors when they worked out what had happened. Hence my enquiry as the aim was/is to get as many as possible to attend and enjoy the experience. Anyway, Martin will now be wearing a lifejacket if he attends again and kite will hopefully be accounted for.
Merlin-centric report from Nick Y. Thanks!