So, I'm sitting quietly in my cockpit, reading one of the back issues of "WoodenBoat" I scored at the bookseller's during the Center for Wooden Boats Festival when I look up and notice the nicest of the Center's restored Blanchards coming in with a bone in her teeth between the docks. A rather frail looking, but obviously competant gentleman at the helm. In a very tight space he had just started his turn to round up into the wind when an over "helpful" runabout owner opposite me gave the Blanchard's stern a nudge, (AWAY from his highly varnished topsides!) and ruined the maneuver. As one of the volunteers manning the docks scrambled aboard me to help fend off, I reached across, grabbed his stemhead fitting and "nudged" him off in the direction of his berth. No harm, no foul. We nodded at each other. As the volunteer climbed back onto the dock he winked at me and said, "Not everyday you almost get rammed by a legend, eh?" That's when I remembered Norm Blanchard has always made a point of showing up for these events and sailing aboard one of his companies' old boats. I looked back down the fairway and sure enough, that's who the "old gentleman" was! As I climbed up to the dock myself, Forumite Jamie Hascall was just walking up from HIS vantage point and said, and I quote, "Not everyday you almost get rammed by a legend, eh?" Kinda became the day's "watchword"!
(I managed to snap a quick pic as he passed by MELINDA on his way off the docks...)
(For those unfamiliar with the man, Google "Knee Deep in Shavings"...)
[ 07-07-2004, 12:09 AM: Message edited by: Art Read ]