Tuesday 16th May
Good morning from the Cork-couped yacht SY Alpaire on 08:45 Antiguan Time at 23o 49.1N, 57o 24.6W somewhere in the North Atlantic heading to Horta.
OK, the coup de bateau; well we got confused. Six gray (US spelling!) beards had slowly taken over the ship. Who was who? It was difficult. Like meeting six China-men for the first time. Which brought us to the realization that many of our daily readers probably didn’t know this either. So we held a census. Here are the results.
Jan, your scribe is a Dutch Corkman, who grew up in Rushbrooke on the upper reaches of Cork Harbour. Blame him for this paper coup if you will.
Ian, our youngest and fittest crew member is a Cork DNS’r (Dublin northsider), who grew up in Glenbrook, on the western bank of the tidal Lee, opposite Rushbrooke.
Mick, our oldest crew member and grand chef, played Rugby under the captaincy of George Hook, an influential man from Cork. Mick gave in and became a Corkonian, eventhough both he and George were playing for Leinster. It happens.
Dermot, with more seamiles under his belt than most, and probably more on board Alpaire than any, is a difficult man to pin down (obviously) but he claims to have redesigned the CIE bus routes and schedules for West Cork in the 70s. This makes him an honorary Corkman.
Next we have Drewry, our voyaging owner, and the least, indeed even barely, hirsute of the crew. To be truthful for a moment, you would still recognize him. Many of Drewry’s relatives (cousins, siblings, etcetera) went to that well-known, carefree, ahead-of-its-time, co-educational boarding school in Waterford. Waterford is in Munster. Munster is in Cork (I will explain this further later). Drewry is a Corkman by assocation.
Which leaves Francis from Waterloo. A difficult one. You might think that, but no, being a cousin (in the loosest Celtic tribal sense of that word) of Drewry, is a Corkman by blood-tie.
Having said all that, we continue to fly the burgee of the Royal St George Yacht Club over the Royal Irish Yacht Club, both of Dun Laoghaire, over the Ocean Cruising Club. So there is resistance to the coup, and indeed deference for our yacht’s other owners. However, it is only a matter of time, as just was Munster annexed by Cork, when the Royal Munster became the Royal Cork Yacht Club sometime in the mid 60s, the Irish will be next!
Back on message: we continue to sail magnetic 60 averaging 7 knots, but we expect to be under engine next time we report in.