The tropic calm of dusk on Wednesday was
split asunder by the water ski boat as it screamed
lagoon on its trial after nearly five months lying
unserviceable, At. last after many setbacks and. delays
skiing can continue. The unpredictable and temperamental
engine failed to exhaust the patience of Station
Workshops who helped carry out the main repairs and
Dave, Ginge and Tony of M.C.S. who s indomitable
sense of humour carried them through the final frustrating
phase to get the engine operational, despite the
jeers of the jetty fishermen.
The lads of M.C.S. needed a sense of humour. At first
the boat would only go backwards . which might
be alright for the Goons with Christmas only a month
away, but not for water skiing, The timing of the
was reset and success seemed certain. The engine came
to life with a powerful roar, forward gear was
engaged and the occupants of the boat wore thrown
back as the boat accelerated. Ginge, who was at the
wheel, froze with horror - the steering was reversed!
He turned the wheel this way - the boat went that
Then the steering jammed. The boat curved towards
the jaggedly exposed reef, This really excited the
spectators on the Jetty. Feet before the disaster
Ginge threw the engine into reverse. After readjusting
controls and steering, another attempt was made -
a successful attempt. The boat sped swiftly away
trailing a plume of spray over the calm water of the
On Thursday afternoon the trials continued to include
skiing. It was wonderful afternoon with thrills and
as the Gan water skiers churned up the lagoon for
three hours. Heather Ratcliff, Gan's well known movie
captured the event on film from her vantage point
in the rear seat of the speed boat. Three beginners
good start to their skiing careers by learning to
get up within two attempts, which goes to show just
how easy it is.
On Monday evening at 19.30 hours there will be a
club meeting to elect a committee and decide on joining
and monthly subscriptions.
A training programme for beginners will also be discussed.
All, personnel on Gan who are interested in learning
to water ski and those with previous experience are
invited to come to the meeting. It is also hoped to
fifteen minute 8mm film on skiing by an expert who
visited Gan last year. Looking forward to seeing you
Marine Bar on Monday evening.