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Poppy

'cork' Of The Broads

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This year the traditional Cock of the Broads race, sailed annually from time immemorial at the Thurne Mouth Open Regatta on the late May Bank Holiday, has had to be cancelled.

 

In its place a new one-off event has been arranged, the Cork of the Broads. Corks, each numbered with the sail or identification number of any vessel entered, will be started from a bucket at a convenient, if somewhat socially isolated, bridge "somewhere" on the Norfolk Broads. You don't even have to have a boat to enter. A numbered cork allocated to you will still race.

 

After tackling a tricky course, beset by swans, adverse currents and flukey winds, the winning cork will be deemed to be the first to reach the floating line across the water at the finish. A lifetime's collection of a racing fleet of corks has been assembled for the race. The corks will be retrieved to avoid clogging the waterways, and maybe to be used again...

 

Please pass the word amongst your clubs, chums and rich relations. The cause is a worthy one we believe. The Care Workers Charity looks out for those who have become the Cinderella service in the fight against Covid-19. Very much in the front line, since they care for the most at risk, they have not received the charitable support that the NHS has deservedly enjoyed. We hope that this bit of fun on the water will help, in a small way, to do something for those who carry so much of a burden at this terrible time.

 

If you haven't yet, please donate on the link below, and if you have, please pass on the link so we can reach the target, or even surpass it!

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cork-of-the-broads?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=cork-of-the-broads&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=cea3de666a4e44e4976d94ca223e8b15

 

 

P.S. Don't forget to email your entry details to corkotb@icloud.com to be sure of your entry/entries. Thank you for your support. 

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Yet another worthwhile fund raiser I am going to have to decline :default_pcwhack:  Sounds like it will be fun all the same

Griff

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1000 corks all supplied by my wife from the current lockdown.

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Corking idea! :default_biggrin:

Have joined in and should have a fine cork on the day!

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Proper corks not plastic "corks" I hope.

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26 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

Proper corks not plastic "corks" I hope.

Good lord !  You surely don't think in our club we drink muck out of bottles sealed with plastic corks - or worse still screw caps do you ? :default_biggrin:

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13 minutes ago, Poppy said:

Good lord !  You surely don't think in our club we drink muck out of bottles sealed with plastic corks - or worse still screw caps do you ? :default_biggrin:

Many decent wines (especially reasonably good German white wines) have screw tops.  The cheap muck usesd plastik "corks".

 

There is an old joke about a decent wind having a screw top (ask spoken by Johannes Heesters who lived to be 108).  You'd not understand it.

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14 hours ago, HEM said:

Many decent wines (especially reasonably good German white wines)

Hang on a minute...isn't that a contradiction in terms  like 'American Intelligence'? :default_biggrin::default_norty:

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4 hours ago, Timbo said:

Hang on a minute...isn't that a contradiction in terms  like 'American Intelligence'?

 

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Probably the most sensible thing that man has ever said, at least it explains why nobody injects themselves with gravy.

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No, no no! Sacrilege! German wines are wonderful. They just don’t let the British get their mits on their good wines. Well, not unless you want to fork out a lot.

We have been fortunate enough to stay a couple of times in a self catering place in a small village on the Mosel River. Enkirk, near Traben Trarbach. The place came with a reasonably priced wine list, as the owner has his own vineyards. Even better, our second stay coincided with the owner’s own wine fest.  Wonderful wine!

It was also interesting to stay in a place with a balcony overlooking a lock on the Mosel. Very large locks with lots of ginormous barges and cruise boats passing through.

We happened on the place by accident, having been foolish enough to think we could drive there and find accommodation in Traben Trarbach without booking in advance, as online it looked like there was plenty of accommodation. Firstly, we arrived too late to get a hotel, so spent the night in our car. Next morning when the tourist centre opened we found that most of the accommodation in Traben Trarbach was taken as it was the weekend of their summer wine fest, which is why we ended up staying in a village nearby. A village full of character and old buildings.

We were so glad. We ended up staying in such a lovely place. The Traben Trarbach wine fest was pretty good too, especially the wine and music, so all turned out better than we had planned. Sometimes ‘winging it’ does pay off. Great walking country too.

The place we stayed was called Weingut Stifshof. I would so much like to stay there again.

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I've also stayed one night (about 50 years ago) with my parents in Traben Trarbach, sitting on the terasse eating our evening meal watching the tractors crossing on the ferry with their tanks of stuff to spray on the vinyards.  Back then Mosel wine was pretty thin stuff but global warming will have improved things.  We like the wines from the Pfalz (Deutsche Weinstraße)

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One week to go and nearly 100 entries.  Plenty more corks left!

 

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