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May 2, 2013

Yachting at lunch

I like yachting. I especially like watching the America’s Cup or Round-The-World races.  However, I was captivated by another class of yachts that I stumbled across at lunch time a few days ago … model yachts.

Navigating the course in Hagley Park

Navigating the course in Hagley Park

While 12-15 pilots intently walked the shore making critical adjustments to their radio controls, the ducks and swans politely observed some unofficial right-of-way rules.  I must have missed the fleet start, so couldn’t capture a photo with more than 3-4 yachts in any one frame … so just imagine the lake is bigger, and there are more yachts out racing.

From my vantage point under a weeping willow, these few yachts appear to be racing to avoid the wooden spoon

From my vantage point under a weeping willow, these few yachts appear to be racing to avoid the wooden spoon

I must admit that watching these small, sleek yachts swiftly navigating a course of small bouys, all while enjoying the autumn sun and a gentle breeze, makes for the most enjoyable lunch time break.

Dad’s Recommendation:
Take lunch out into the park instead of eating out or staying in the office lunch room … and if you have the opportunity to watch some model yachts – take some time to do just that.

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