Here are two activities for light-air summer afternoons that have been entertaining to both participants and observers.
1. PENULTIMATE RACE
Just prior to arrival at a cruise destination, each participant attaches a tow consisting of an empty one gallon milk jug on a 100-foot long piece of thread. The thread must not be strong enough to support the jug when filled with water or submerge it when empty.
When deployed the contestants must follow the Colregs (Rules of the Road), ie., the privilaged vessel must hold course and speed while the burdened boat is free to cut off the other''s tow. (The tow and line
is NOT considered part of the privilaged vessel)
The penultimate (next-to-last), or only, boat crossing the finish line
with tow intact is the winner.
2. BLIND DINGY RACE
The oarsperson is blindfolded and rows under instructions from a partner around a short course. Since one partner''s ''right'' is the other''s ''left'', confusion reigns, bumps and oar tangles are frequent and it becomes a real hoot. The small kids get to tell Daddy what to do and seem to like it immensely. (In addition to floatation gear be sure to keep little fingers inside the boat).