Poetry, Uncategorized

CHRISTMAS SEAS

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Kinsale Harbour’s prettiest sights

Are when the boats are rigged with lights –

Tinsel fore and streamers aft –

Sailors decorate their craft,

Reflected in the inky seas

Like buoyant, bobbing Christmas trees.

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Poetry, Uncategorized

DRAGON GOLD CUP REGATTA, KINSALE, 8th – 14th SEPTEMBER 2012

Polish your Docksides and chill the Bolly,

The Yacht Club’s full of mariners  with lolly.

The quayside’s a-buzz with boats getting ready;

Down the slip ways she goes: look out – hold her steady!

Heave Ho! Heave Ho! Hoist the sails up,

We’re going to win the Dragon Gold Cup!

 

Deckhands in navy with rippling pecs

Coil up the ropes and clear the decks.

Stow the spinnaker, rig and sheets,

Yank up the halyard and fasten the cleats.

Batten the hatches, fenders up.

We’re going to win the Dragon Gold Cup!

 

Our wind-swept skipper looks tanned and fit,

Dressed head to toe in all the right kit,

Swung over one shoulder his McWilliams bag

Holding his Dubarry Boots and Henri Lloyd cag.

Hold her on course, prepare to luff-up,

We’re going to win the Dragon Gold Cup!

 

Study the charts, plot a course that is sound.

Ignore the opposition: they’re Russian around.

Don’t judge a man by the cut of his jib –

But millionaire sailors can be charming and glib.

Oysters are on ice, the marquees are up,

We’re going to win the Dragon Gold Cup!

 

© Alex Barton 2012

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