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Letter about Seamanship.
Gan Island Post 14th March 1964

 

Dear Sir,
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.
"Shorebound"

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