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WES IN THE WARS
Our best wishes go to Wes Purves who is recovering well from the weekend’s most noteworthy mishap (Isn’t there always one?). Wes was launching his Joel White Shellback dinghy, Oky Dorey at Akaroa’s public ramp when a sudden gust brushed Wes off the adjacent elevated walkway. Wes reached for the handrail, but there wasn’t one, so he toppled into the waist-deep water. He’s not sure of the details (unsurprisingly), but thinks he landed head first on the rocky bottom. At some point on his descent he managed to bash his face and take a gouge out of his right thumb.
Some of our group went to Wes’ aid immediately and the local constable was on the scene very quickly. From then on Wes was in good hands and taken directly to the medical centre. While he was there, his car keys were recovered and handed in by some locals. His (by now worthless) phone (with a good collection of boat pictures on it!) had to wait for low tide to be returned to its owner.
By Takamatua barbecue time Wes was feeling a lot better and is photographed here with a yarn to tell and a beer to enjoy!.
2020 AKAROA CLASSIC BOATS REGATTA
This year’s Akaroa Classic and Traditional Boats Regatta saw a significant departure from our usual format. Because of the restrictions and uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, and the age vulnerability of many of our participants, we modified our arrangements.
This year there was no public display at the Akaroa Recreation Ground nor use of the Pavilion and its facilities. Instead, our land-based activities took place in the grounds of nearby Camp Taylor in Takamatua.
Event Organiser Peter Braithwaite and his wife Pat at the Camp Taylor barbecue.