The crew of Wood Avens on a typical day on Kestrels. Emma (Starsky) sails, Emma (Hutch) sticks her tongue out at the camera and Toby (Huggy Bear) displays a biscuit.
Wood Rose, featuring Rachel and Rob as skipper and mate, with Tom and another crew person (answers on a postcard) apparently doing all the work?
Hustler tries in vain to keep up with Wood Avens, while tacking from Hunters Yard to Thurne mouth. Of course, they passed us as soon as we turned a corner onto the run, but hey.
Operation "Commy Winkle" gets underway at the moorings at Ludham bridge. First, wait for Commodores to depart cruiser for land based amenities. Then transfer cruiser to other side of river using spare boat and many quantpoles. Act casual upon Commodore's return.
Phase two: wait until Commodores begin approach to cruiser, now moored on other bank. Swiftly transfer cruiser back to original position using double quanting style. Look surprised when Commodores glare daggers.
And now, a tradition that spans years of Kestrels folklore (two, to be precise). No, it isn't a bizarre method of baptism (not intentionally, anyway) but a challenge of manhood and determination. This year the womenfolk took up the gauntlet, and proved that they were just as capable of throwing themselves off the edge of Irstead slip, into the arms of two waiting skippers. The jumpee in question here is Laura, the skippers are Ed and Andy.
Emma and Emma (Magnum and Starsky) pose willingly for the camera. Er, or not. What happened here I really can't remember.
Wood Avens drifts gently down the Ant towards Ludham bridge, skipper and mate team Ed and Sarah having borrowed her for the morning.
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