Monday, August 09, 2010

Fowey Classics Organisation

Must give a good word for the organisers of the Fowey Classics 2010 who did a very good job.

From welcome packs, to (cough) checking insurance, to welcome drinks, to brass bands on the water, to quizzes, cross-words, caption contests, parades of sail and..... there was something else..... oh yes, racing (see below).
At the heart was Roy - and every regatta needs a Roy: full of energy whether rowing around the boats with welcome packs, conducting the briefings or the brass band, or sailing out in the seas outside.
Very well done to all involved.

Update: corrected Fowey spelling (weird) - note pronounced "Foy"


O Docker said...

Rowey Classics?

Ah, finally a post from the iPad!

ChrisP said...

JP - some of your overseas readers might not know the correct pronunciation of 'Fowey', in which case your very superior pun might be mistaken for a techno-glitch of some kind.

ChrisP said...

Which reminds me of:
There was a young vicar from Salisbury
whose manners were quite halisbury-scalisbury.
He went around Hampshire
without any pampshire
'til his bishop compelled him to walisbury.
For this to make sense you have to know that in the Church of England, Salisbury is pronounced 'Sarum', and a commonly used contraction of Hampshire is 'Hants'.

O Docker said...


We seem to be divided by a common language.

One of my most confusing several days ever was spent cycling across Wales, armed only with a map.

I'd ask directions to a place whose name plainly contained four syllables, only to discover those four syllables were pronounced as one.

Why are the British so profligate with their syllables?

ChrisP said...

I feel your pain. Welsh spelling was created with one purpose in mind - to confuse and annoy the English. With total success.

Tillerman said...

The counterintuitive spelling of English place names was a homeland security precaution introduced in the 12th century in order to make it easier for the authorities to detect foreign spies, illegal immigrants, Jacobites and German paratroopers. If someone was stopped by the local sheriff for speeding in his stagecoach and couldn't correctly pronounce the name of the village he had just left then he was immediately arrested.

It seems to have been a pretty good scheme. No successful foreign invasion since 1066! Arizona should try the same method.

O Docker said...


No comment from the cowey blogger, yet the post title has mysteriously changed.

Someone's having a stout chuckle in his Guinness.

JP said...

Really odd, have typed "Rowey" twice now without realising it..... is this the sort of behaviour that comes after bangs to the head?

As to the history of Welsh - well I couldn't comment without saying things about breeding and sheep that would not be suitable for a family friendly blog.