SMOOTH SAILING UPDATE
I was thinking of what Mark Twain said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
So I looked back twenty years to see what I had done and remembered my childhood as a sailor who conquered the Bay during the early 1960’s. Later on in 1983 the dream was still alive and along with a friend I invented and published The America’s Cup Game. I googled the game and found it on a site known as ‘boardgamegeek’
Anyone else interested in the dream of sailing come on board and let the winds catch your soul and head off under the silky sky.
THE AMERICA’S CUP GAME
30 YEARS AGO
In New York in 1983 the America’s Cup was won by Australia. This was the first successful challenge to the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year defence of the trophy. The Australian win ended the longest winning streak in sporting history.
Meanwhile in Australia in 1983, two mates, Paul Rea and Sean Fraser inspired by the performance of the Australian challenge designed and produced a board game known as ‘The America’s Cup Game’
The small boats in 1983
We created over 60,000 multi-colored cardboard yachts. I got my inspiration for the design of the yachts from my days as a young sailor around Botany Bay. Both Paul and I were keen sailors.
It is now 2013 and just last week I visited a regatta at the Bay and captured the small yachts as they are today. The inspiration of 30 years ago still lives on.
The small boats
The playing board .
What the press had to say .