Letter about Seamanship. Gan Island
Post 14th March 1964
On Sunday morning watchers from the shore at Gan were
afforded the pleasurable spectacle of a Batheli
shaking off the combined harrying tactics of no fewer
than four 'G.P's, from the Sailing Club.
The little fleet was first spotted out by the Wave
Victor where presumably the battle was first joined.
It soon became evident that the Maldivian boat was
giving nothing away, despite the fact that the G.P's
had crept up to windward to steal his wind. At times
it seemed from the shore that the Batheli was being
overhauled; however as the flotilla approached Gan
there could be no doubt about it. The Maldivian
altered his course slightly to windward and romped
home with apparent ease.
The Maldivian helmsman turned out to be a boy of no
more than sixteen. He had seven passengers and
a sail so tattered that it was a wonder that it stayed
the course. What price our Terylene suited G.P's
and their crews? It is to be hoped that they congratulated
the winner; he certainly deserved it.
Thanks are due to all participants for an enjoyable
interlude in an otherwise dull morning.