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On a Farr Far Away ....


There was an old fellow from Denmark
Who was searching in vain for a landmark
He made his way East
The Farr is a beast
But alone he's devoid of a benchmark.

There's a wedge coming down from the North
Who knows what will happen henceforth
Next WX might show
Which way the winds blow
As for now, we foresee a tack port(h)


Good luck to my fellow Go4it
I doubt he and I will deplore it
We chose a route South
He followed the Mouth
And by now, by Jove, we'll explore it

There's another old fellow named Wolff
Not a man you'd expect to play golf.
Oh no, he's a sailor.
Very rarely a failure.
In fact, as a sailor he's prof.


My ancient aquaintance Go4it
Is in favor of North here pre audit
Not knowing the weather
I am wondering whether
The new wind shows gains or a forfeit.

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Thoughts on going home to Scandinavia from Lindisfarne in a Longship Drake at 5 kn:

There was an old viking named Lars
who sailed his 'Mouthansar' afars
"Let's brexit" he cried,
"I'm hating this ride.
It's as long as the journey to Mars."
There once was a girl named Mary
Who lived on an estuary
The boys with some cheek
Sought Chesapeake
But she showed them narry.

--- Last Edited by Back Fin at 2020-04-12 04:02:45 ---

--- Last Edited by Back Fin at 2020-04-12 04:03:03 ---
Posted in Percé to Saint Malo Transat 2020 Practice Race race chat:

by Chesapeake

There once was a Pirate unseen
Whose boat was a beautiful green
Stopped in for a peake
In a race he did sneak
While on-call fighting Covid-19

Pushing haiku to new limits:

Laozi *pokes
bonknhoot
what the *
The Perce to St Malo Transat
Was run when we couldn’t get at
A bar with good cheers
So we just shared our fears
Amongst polar deciphers in chat
The Perce to St Malo Transat
Was run when we couldn’t get at
A bar with good cheers
So we just shared our fears
Amongst polar deciphers in chat

--- Last Edited by mfa_wsg at 2020-04-23 02:13:24 ---
With Rico well up in the hunt
The rest are ready to punt
Let’s throw in a tack!
The wind will be back!
And we’ll surely end up in the front

--- Last Edited by mfa_wsg at 2020-04-24 00:21:50 ---
With poet laureate Mouthansar away, it was good to see some new and some returning SOLers stepping into the rhyming brine. bonknhoot also mused a verse or two.

On leaving Newfoundland behind....

Ne pas de probleme! Open the Vin!
The dinner est pret, so I'm away.
It's drier below, that's where I'll go.
A bientot mon brave, have a laugh.

Have you ensemble in your router?
Oh Smoster, I wouldn't doubt ya.
Seat of ze pants, my backside
Some say, ah oui but only as a guide
En garde, crunched numbers yet will drown you.

Again, the wind has dialed down.
Again, my polar makes me frown.
Perhaps it is the isolation tipple.
At eighty-two, I surely see a nipple.
Suckle on then, mustn't drown.

Somewhere mid-ocean....

And on and on us SOLers race
Chatting 'bout this and tha'
Today the theme is trace
Which disappears, comme ci comme ca

And on approaching La Manche....

Hoping to finish by the morn, our fleet
All in a bunch, a routed herd
We trim and steer trying to beat
Our virtual leader, kRemWird.
(as Kenza might have rhymed)
Clipping along
Half way round Australia in the 2020 A3 the news came that the First 47.7 would be retired for the last five legs. A eulogy and some anticipation seemed appropriate.

Farewell then, trusty Forty-seven, full-stop, 7
Cruise-racer most capacious, like a Seven 47
With opt'mum angles, simple, logical and fair
Back to the boathouse you shall go, don't ask, so there
Some folk dislike your charms – they say "not Heaven".

So, all is change the rest the way, through Torres
And then cross Carpenter's Bay and west, oh horrors
So next we steer apparently some Class of Forty
A craft that cuts through blue as were it butter
So don't forget to switch the polar in your router.
Clipping along

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