Thursday, January 17, 2008

Water Performance

As regular readers of this never-ending stream of drivel will recall, I'm a bit of a fan of the old Ramsgate Powerboat Weekend. So it was with some trepidation that I learnt this week that it's been supplanted by a Water Skiing Week, which the Uranians trumpeted at the London Boat Show recently.

Well, five days of watersports as opposed to two could be two and a half times more fun, I hear you say. And yes, you could indeed be right, although I suspect it will also cost us council taxpayers at least two and a half times as much. But hey-ho, fiddle dee dee, if they have to close the odd museum or public convenience to pay for that, who am I to gripe?

On the other hand, however, what happens in 2009? This water skiing mullarkey is a one-off. So will the Powerboat Weekend return next year? Or will I be standing on my ownsome down the harbour, plastic pint of the Gaddfather's finest in hand, listening to Tom Jones on my iPod? I think we should be told!

Click here to read the full Thanet Council press release

7 comments:

ZumiWeb said...

I detect a cunning plan - if each year's events use boats with a shallower and shallower draught, they don't need to scoop out any sand, do they? Maybe next year it'll be those air boats from the Florida Everglades, then hovercraft, then we'll give up completely and move to aerial events.

Looks like we'll never see the Grand Turk or the other tall ships again. Or is the sand-eating-dredging-monster on its way yet?

Eddie said...

You'll be hard pressed to find a pint of the Gaddfather's finest if there's no powerboat show - it's hard enough turning a coin when I'm surrounded by '60 thousand' of Thanet's best.

Lucy Mail said...
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Lucy Mail said...

I thought they already did the hovercraft thing.

What we need is an enclosed rink about the size of a football pitch, half on the beach and half on the sea, a bunch of 'hovercraft dodgems' and Harry J and the Allstars playing Liquidator over and over. That sounds like it could bring back a few memories and even make some new ones.

I'd have a crack! (but that'd be a woman thing)

Eastcliff Richard said...

Hover dodgems! I think you've just invented a crazy new seaside attraction Lucy!

I'm sure it would interest those chaps at Dreamland, er, no Pleasurama, er, ....

Brenda Stuka said...

Interesting, especially when TDC is trying to grind down all things Maritime with any local connection.

The Maritime Museum in Ramsgate Harbour is set to close so their greedy landlords can use that delightful building for something more commercial.

Meanwhile over at Margate the Yacht Club is set to loose it's boatyard due to more greedy landlords, only this time it's for car parking for the non-existent visitors to the non-existent Turner Centre.

Shame we can't approach the council to act against such shameless and anti-community driven landlords, especially when it's TDC behind both...

Anonymous said...

TDC only interested in revenue generation regardless of the consequences to the people it represents.Shame on the greedy Landord's employees WHO can't afford to pay for something towards their free car parking The money raised could be spent on saving our museums etc etc and save the important things in our community, rather than accelerating decay.