Firstly thank you for all the great suggestions on a super tough sail but..........I need to come clean on the real motive for this topic
On the 6th of July one of our IWC members was sailing at Inverloch on a Ka 4.5 Kaos when he got smashed by a strong gust. The sail and board parted company. Richie (Madventure gpstc) was unable to catch the rig in time before it disappeared.
One of my workers mentioned to me in November that her Dad found a sail a week earlier past Mahers Landing when paddling in his sea kayak. 8 km away The discription of the sail was" A sail with pole and handle" (Not a sailor ) Went and had a look....it was Richies sail, the only damage was a 100mm tear in the mono film This sail has spent nearly 4 months being bashed around the inlet and all it suffered was this small tear and a chip on the bottom of the mast. Thats a Bullet Proof Sail.
Now we could have just rang Richie and returned the sail but....thats not us
There was more fun to be had. With the help of some of the like minded IWC members and Mr KA (AMac) we borrowed a nice new Ka cardboard box and a new sail bag wrapped everything up to present to Richie on our opening weekend.
But he didn,t show
So we posted a rigging guide with his sail
We posted the Bullet Proof sail thread
Still hadn,t noticed
We even posted a picture of it in "The Gritty Truth" Newsletter
Sunday Richie arrived at Inverloch, had a nice sailing session, then we presented him with a very nice NEW Ka Box and fun was had by all
Pics of surprise will follow. Thanks Richie
This was sooo funny but I will wait for the pics before I say more
my complete sailboard kit including my once honourable #20 IWC membership position c/w exclusive access to unrestricted knowledge from senior members of the club, including constructive criticism. Also selling my pride, what is left of it.
If you would like to be made to look like an idiot reguarly (eg. presentation of a brand new box with old sail in it, Kato and Dan carve jibing in your face, members scoring your catapults, Mick telling you 'dont worry, there is plenty of water depth, just go', Doug stating to my Daughter she looks like her father, she has not spoken to me for nearly a year now, a few, quite a few, actually farken heaps of walk of shame's) this could be the golden opportunity for another sucker just like myself.
Will swap for kite.
I think we need to acknowledge the work that went into this scheme...The IWC crew were extremely keen and enthusiastic when it come to taking the p1ss and jumped into the project with great gusto!
When we picked up the sail we thought it'd be funny to use it in a rigging guide. We thought Richie would cotton onto the fact it was his sail after these pics were circulated around the club website and newsletter.
Richie read the articles and commented on the newsletter but didn't notice his sail that was front and centre in all the pictures!
After several weeks of no shows, the crew were getting a bit edgy about the whole thing. Kato was keen to see the project wrap and was on the phone constantly wanting to know when Richie might show.
FInally, after 5 months, the day arrived. 4 months of that time was spent with the sail floating around the Inlet, and 1 month was tied up with scamming and scheming behind Richie's back! A great use of time and effort...
Thanks must go to Kato for engineering this farce, and also to AMAC from KA, as well as the usual crew of beach bums and no hopers from IWC. Just imagine what we could do if we used our powers for good and not evil!!!!!
As you can see we are a very caring and sharing group at Inverloch Windsurfing Club. Fun at anyones expense including our much loved mate Madadventure - Richie. The look on Richie's face of I cannot believe this is happening to me - a new sail, boy these guys are great tinged with the buggers are up to something, these tight arsed blokes would not organise a new sail for me and what is the con here. Well played boys - it was worth the wait.
Now for the next one
This has to be nominated as thread of the year!
Great too see the club spirit at work!
His first question to us when he got to his sail was........
"How long have you had this!"
Knows us well he does.
Thanks Richie for your great sense of humour .....and not letting our tyres down
I'm getting scared... what have I let myself in for joining this motley crue ! lol
It's ok... I bring food offerings most weekends ! Well Mrs Fireman Sam does anyway...
Well done guys. Everything that is great about our sport.