Al's Worlds Diary - 2
Sun 26 July:
bearing gifts: Søren and (above) Jetta and their two
young children brought us breakfast which we thoroughly enjoyed at
in bright sunshine aboard our "bed" – then it was off to rig our
treasure until the Coach once again leapt into the breach, volunteering
to come to the local airport with Al and give him a ride back after Al
dropped off the rental car – measuring was delayed as the measurers
busy rounding up the last of the borrowed boats, but Jesper gladdened
hearts when he proposed scrapping the measurement of all foils and the
acceptance of previous measurers’ word that sails measured in – before
we knew it, Marc, George, Mike Codd and I had been packed into
and Nick’s cars (Nick had rented a modest little BMW!) and it was off
a sumptuous dinner in downtown Århus and a relatively early night
Mon 27 July:
Paul Taylor, the final Canadian team, had arrived at 0030 and were soon
hard at work trying to get their buoyancy test passed – they finally
it although there is some doubt as to how this boat actually passed –
doing the dry test with Søren, had no problem at all until much
to the latter’s chagrin, Nick admitted that he had kept his finger over
the appropriate hole. The immaculate conception, I think, has something
in common with how this buoyancy test was finally passed…
Nick Seraphinoff (left) and Søren Gøtzsche,
prepare to drive us to dinner in the lovely town of Århus.
practice race in 7-10 m/sec of wind (j ust about the best winds of the
week!). As we were on our way out, a little 8-foot rubber duck came
up behind us and its lone occupant asked if we were competing. When we
confirmed this, he proceeded to hover off our bow as we sailed
and brought out a camera. This turned out to be the excellent
Niels Kjeldsen, who took the picture you saw in the Race One
and Two Reports while steering the
with his knees. We were too fast for him (a rarity that week!) and he
the shot just as we began to bear away to avoid running him over! Mike
Mac won the race which did however take its toll: Nick’s recently
knee left him less mobile than was desirable, especially on tacks and
that evening he tried to get a handicapped sticker while gassing up but
even that was denied him; a great handicap for Ernst Henriksen, always
one of the best Danish racers, as he neglected to fully raise his board
before winching his boat onto his trailer – the board wedged against a
loose block caught in the box and snapped, leaving Ernst with a board
was not good; Norway’s Gudtorm Heldal became the first of three wooden
boats to be holed during this event!
to the WIC and Chief Measurer, Jens Konge Rasmussen, gives his 'Seal of
remained benign, measurement was conducted outdoors on a pleasant
and Joel Bøgh get serious - for a moment or two.
Friis (right) and his friend helped both ashore and afloat - I
to recall some of my few on-the-water pics came from Christian.
(W875) prepares to 'get measured'.
(W875 crew) and Colin May while other scurry around.
Mac and Simon
Townsend put on the finishing touches.
l to r: ???,
Arne and Vibeke Stahlfest and Steen Antonsen.
daughter and crew, Susanne Holt, of W5942
Karbo complete their buoyancy test.
looks enviously at W9068 heading out for some practice during the Yellow
Submarine buoyancy test...
Mørk Thomsen records the event for posterity.
of UKWA Chairman, Chris Sayers, returns from 'shopping' along the
more waterfront scenes, click here
photos click here) for all
later that afternoon with free beer, Wayfarer Stompers music
a new Worlds song written to the tune of The Wild Rover by
Friis. The latter was done in instalments, the first verse Monday,
1 and 2 Wednesday and we sang all 3 verses on the Saturday. We were
with fine speeches by Torben Møller and Steen Ammentorp. There
a few smiles when Torben’s attempt at bidding us ‘heartily’ welcome
a bit more like ‘hardly’ welcome but I tended to be extremely tolerant
in light of the difficulties I was having with my attempts at
Our night was
with another feast in downtown Århus, this time in the Italia
where we got to cook our own steaks on hot lava rock left on a wooden
at our table (photos below) – it was during this meal that
and Søren came up with the name Mixed Nuts for their
Rasmus was very well behaved, creating a souvenir (above) for
the standards of behaviour suffered a bit at times. Above you can see
Marc Bennett (left) and Mike Codd (right) barbecuing
steaks on a very hot slab of stone right at the table as George
Tues 28 July:
first two races, and Nick was nearly late due to early morning shopping
and pasting the name on their boat! An excellent self-serve breakfast
lots of coffee and tea between 0800 and 0930 with the first gun set
for 1030. Only Poul and Irene did not really need the Coach’s cold beer
after we came in. His other two charges, the Schönborn and Jensen
crews had had bad days and were in dire need! The evening was another
however, as the free beer preceded a marvellously delicious dinner at
sailing club and lots of singing, socializing and fun until bedtime.