Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard

Black Sambuca Mullet

by John Curnow on 24 Oct 2016
Andre Agassi and that mullet!!! SW
Many an interesting soul is to be found at a yacht club. They are as colourful as the many seas and skies we sail on and under. As diverse as the species that swim in them or soar above. Quite possibly the term crusty sailor and all the images that conjures up, are what gave rise to some of the facets of Krusty the Clown.

Now before we end up talking about simple-minded souls wandering the streets with white faces, big red noses, chainsaws and a serious persuasion for scaring the bejesus out of innocent citizens, we will move on smartly.

One sailor I know reminds me very much of all the reasons we go for a yacht, and can also have me shaking my head in disbelief. He’s not a dinosaur, but definitely has some yesteryear in him. By way of example, in Summer he’ll be in a thread-bare singlet, getting more fried than some of your mamma’s best chicken. Later, he may even mention that his shoulders are stinging, and the fact that they resemble the burning orange and red band, just before the green flash of a setting sun, is kind of a giveaway.

He’ll also sit there and tell tales about the perfect storm and how the boat was going up, and up, and up, and was surely going to flip back over itself. He’ll almost have you choking on your beer when he tells you, “I’m so tough. Just wait until it is blowing five knots, then I’ll show you.” Don’t get me wrong now. He cracks me up. He’s a lovely guy. Generous, genuinely interested and ready to bet on virtually anything.

He barracks for a football team that is mostly lamentable and markets itself on a period of time that is closing in on a hundred years ago now. His delightful, understanding and must be incredibly caring wife often has to ban him from making more bets, for the number of cases of Crown Lager he loses a season can become a costly exercise.

So my curiosity was more than piqued when he told me he was growing a mullet as part of some bet with some younger guys at the club. Now a few of that generation did it a while ago as part of some 80’s throwback thing. It was a fad, just like the bushranger beard. The price of fashion, eh? Looking like a complete, well, just think of the signs about putting your rubbish in the bin and not on the ground.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in for the laugh and even went to an 80’s party with a bleach-blond streak mullet wig, white suit with rolled up sleeves, ghastly über-bright pastel T-shirt and chains around my neck, to carry off a Warwick Capper/Rod Stewart/Don Johnson amalgam to, I’m happy to report, a few solid rounds of applause.

Anyway, as a decidedly middle-aged gent, who was very likely to have had his own mullet in the day, and therefore should be well happy to have it permanently consigned to history, what could possibly have been his motivation to have one again now? I went to investigate on board after they had finished racing early, and may well have found the route evil. It was a tall, skinny and ever-diminishing radii bottle containing; you guessed it, black sambucca. It’s almost as much of throw back to the 80’s as the mullet itself, but certainly way more palatable than those evil concoctions called snakebites. Yuck.

In finishing, I merely raise a toast, in a shot glass of course, to all the many and varied characters that our sport is so lucky to have as sailors or volunteers. Cin. Cin.

Now if you would like to receive the Sail-World newsletter each week, then please go to the 'Newsletter' button at the top of the Sail-World home page and enter your details. Simples...

Related Articles

Make your yachting dreams a reality
By joining Sunsail Ownership or The Moorings Yacht Ownership Programme With new fleet options and over 20 destinations to choose from, make your yachting dreams a reality at the Southampton International Boat Show by joining Sunsail Ownership or The Moorings Yacht Ownership Programme.
Posted today at 6:45 pm
Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta
Sligo Yacht Club wins All Women Team prize at inaugural event Sligo Yacht Club wins All Women Team prize at the inaugural Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta. 61 boats entered with over 200 people taking part in the unique event where all boats had to have female helms.
Posted today at 6:39 pm
A passion for oceans: New book by Vicky Song
The launch of a book by a former Clipper Race Crew member This week sees the launch of a book by a former Clipper Race Crew member, telling the story of how the global event gave them the thirst for adventure and personal discovery.
Posted today at 6:30 pm
Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals at Looe day 1
Great sea sailing with a full social programme at a picturesque venue For their 2019 National Championships the Merlin Rocket's have returned to one of their most popular venues, picturesque Looe on the south Cornwall coast.
Posted today at 5:57 pm
Autumn Events at Shustoke Sailing Club
A busy few months of open events ahead The autumn weather seems upon us already and Shustoke Sailing Club has a busy few months of open events ahead, welcoming old and new fleets to our waters...
Posted today at 2:16 pm
Remembering Ted Heath's Sydney to Hobart victory
Anniversary celebrations and exhibition in Wiltshire on 5 September In 1969, as Leader of the Opposition, Edward Heath sailed his first "Morning Cloud" yacht over the finishing line at Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania, to win the famous Sydney to Hobart Race. Including Heath at the helm, the boat had a crew of six.
Posted today at 12:49 pm
Ready Steady Tokyo day 2
Contrasting conditions test sailors Compared to yesterday's strong breeze and big waves, conditions today were quite different and required sailors to adapt in order to maintain consistency.
Posted today at 11:43 am
Finn fleet at Ready Steady Tokyo day 2
Jorge Zarif wins only race, but Giles Scott leads Finns Olympic champion, Giles Scott, from Britain has taken the lead at the Olympic Test Event - Ready Steady Tokyo - after only one race was possible on the second day of competition due to light winds.
Posted today at 11:36 am
British Sailing Team at Ready Steady Tokyo day 2
Brits top Finn and 49erFX fleets Reduced racing schedule in Enoshima, Japan, as wind conditions too unstable. Very hot and humid day with breeze from the east that shifted SW, 6-9 knots.
Posted today at 11:24 am
Hamilton Island Race Week day 1
All divisions completed round-the-island courses in patchy light sou'east breezes Two hundred and thirty-four crews enjoyed a gentle entrée to racing in the annual Whitsundays series, light trade winds and winter sunshine bathing the second largest Hamilton Island Race Week fleet in event history.
Posted today at 9:16 am