By Auntie Iris and Friends

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Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of water

Picnic hamper and the skipper’s daughter

Ellen, a spanking fishing smack

Sailing away on a starboard tack

 

With five nice ladies who, feeling fit,

Are all decked out in appropriate kit

Hoping that day the ropes to learn

Admiring Richard reclining astern

 

Somebody says,” Take the rudder, dear”

Mary steers around Point Clear

“Hit the deck girls, head between your knees

We’ve got to catch that following breeze”

 

The captain’s curse, the halyard’s groan

Nautical terms quite unknown

Bollards, bulwarks, rowlocks ‘n stuff

A slapping jib and a windward luff

“Do what in a bucket???  I think not”

“O-o-h look at that, what a lovely big yacht”

 

Almost back under engine power

With a close-up view of Batemans Tower

Safely home with no deserters

Wine and picnic on the smack Alberta’s - deck

 

Marvellous musicians play a fine tune

Singing and dancing on the pontoon

Five happy ladies on a day afloat

Going home now in a rubber boat

 

All too soon the lovely day ends, so

Thank you all very much

 

From Auntie Iris and Friends

 

 

 

Not written by a sailor (or a poet)

11 © Mark Wakefield 2012