"It is generally known that Larry Ellison, winner of the America's Cup, got his start sailing 'a little plastic boat called a Lido 14'. He began Lido'ing during his school days at the University of California Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay and attributes that experience to his multi-billion dollar fortune, good looks and general joy of life.
"Despite his indebtedness to the Lido Class, Mr. Ellison has ignored Fleet Six's repeated invitations to come sail on Alamitos Bay. Just two weeks ago he made a weak excuse about being somewhere out of the country, off the coast of Spain it is believed, partying with some Swiss friends. Last weekend, Larry claimed he was returning tableware to the San Diego Yacht Club, misplaced some years past"
Fleet 6 raced anyway, with supporting sailors joining in from the factory and Fleets 2, 7 and 8. Turned out to be a blast - literally - with winds of 20 knots that dismasted one of the boats and blew the numbers (really, TPB?) off of Lido 4790's sails. TPB said that wind was so strong the only person who could have kept a Lido down was Larry Ellison with his team of lawyers on the rail.
Well, you can be sure that Pandabonium and K will not be inviting Larry to sail with us anytime soon, but we look forward to Fleet 6's email updates. The Fleet 6 newsletter isn't posted online, so if you'd like to receive it (Thelonius P Bilgewater is always a fun read) send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Until next, sweet sailing.