As years rapidly slip by, hearing becomes a luxury and fashions leave us gasping, and most folk need things LOUD.
As the infamous Adrian Kronauer said, “I don’t care what you play, but play it loud!”
As the mercury became strident last Wednesday November 29 on Kangaroo Island, the Strawbridge Pointers went loud, rowdy and lurid so as to be noticed on Eastern cove.
Six flamboyant vessels and fifteen ostentatiously clad Pointers took advantage of a perfect sailing day to ‘play it loud’.
Following months of subdued pointing, there was a formal briefing where vessels were instructed to sound their warning devices in the correct international collision avoidance regulation manner for vessels asking to pass to starboard from astern.
Well may we continue to whistle into the wind.
Rubicon, upon which shouting is mandatory, was the designated judges vessel, where a team of acutely trained listeners strained to hear pitches of loudness from the passing Pointers.
Points were awarded for volume, melody, brightness of attire and lesser attributes such as sailing ability.
Goshawk opened the batting with a riotous blast from a gentleman with crimson macaws flying over his shirt.
I believe he is to be married soon.
Samphire’s skipper remained silent as he passed but his luminescent shirt of azure blue was observed by a passing satellite.
Winterwind looked splendid as she passed, hoisting her signature red sails and pink Jolly Roger, although the beating of a plastic container lid was hardly likely to alert any cruise ships in the area.
Golden Odyssey not only flew the jaunty red ensign, but was fully canvassed as well!
Her foghorn piercing the still Strawbridge Point air as she tacked past.
The rearguard was brought up by Good Company, the Austral 30’ manned by the colour coordinated Hammonds, some old-time rock’n’roll blaring from her cockpit and the skippers garish canary yellow lurex undies semaphored to the judges.
He should be reminded that the correct sequence is two long followed by one short.
The gentle northerly guaranteed a great sail before the fleet merged at Ballast Head for lunch.
Some voluble sounds emanated from several vessels following discovery of mechanical problems during the afternoon.
This led to an early departure for some, while the main fleet flitted across the bay.
Pointers then gathered for flamboyant food with Golden Odyssey taking out the coveted ‘Loudest’ prize.
Good Company was awarded the ‘All round Brash Merit’ award.
Samphire took home the booby prize for ‘Most pitiable noise’.
However, no correspondence will be entered into for this.