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Name Tyger / Robert Neilson
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“We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Golden Globe Races 2018 - Seat Of The Pants commitment
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    Count me in with the SOTPs if not too late.
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Practice Races for Aussie- and Kiwi SOL'ers
    Board » Practice Racing
    Hi Bimmer
    I saw this when it first went up and have been thinking about it for a few days. Let me also express my gratitude for your offer to do this.
    I didn't want to 'rain on your parade' so to speak but I see the project as a bit like herding cats.
    Down here we are heading into summer. When not on SOL, we try to go sailing irl. Daylight saving means sunsets at +21:00 and we have a tradition known as WAGS and TAGS (Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing ... and Tuesday and Thursday at other clubs around the bay). These are informal social races starting late afternoon so people can get to them after work - a lot like PRs on SOL only irl. That is in addition to the real serious sailing on Sat and Sun.
    Another problem is that from Auckland in the east to Perth in the west is a 5 hour time difference with 6 different time zones during summer. NZ is 2 hrs ahead of Syd and Melb and Billy and I are an hour ahead of Dingo in Brisbane because they do not have daylight saving.
    The same applies for Aus Central Time (Adelaide and Darwin) with the 2 on different summer times and then Perth is another 2 hours behind.
    So, for this time of year at least, I don't see many AUS/NZL SOLers fitting PRs into their schedule - this could be different in winter but then, we don't take boats out of the water, we just change to the winter series of regattas or head to the Great Barrier Reef where we sail in shorts and T-shirts all year round. ;-)
    Once again, thanks for the offer.

    Rob/Tyger

    --- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2015-12-04 14:18:25 ---

    --- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2015-12-06 09:19:33 ---
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Carib Rum Run 2015
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    kroppy ... I'd be p'd off if someone stole my p.

    A new angle on 'taking the p...' ;-)

    --- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2015-09-14 12:25:18 ---
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Carib Rum Run 2015
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    Same name as last year and the year before for me please ......

    Captain Thunderbolt, aka Frederick Wordsworth Ward, what do you expect when you are a son of a convict (him, not me ;-) )

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Thunderbolt

    Thunderbolt by name and by nature, eh, me laddo



    --- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2015-09-14 15:05:58 ---
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: search option for secific item in tech support
    Board » Technical Support
    Some time ago I set up a Custom Search provided by Google and anyone can use it from their own browser.

    Cut and paste this url into your browse and open it. https://goo.gl/4CJ6K9

    Then save/bookmark the page. I call mine "Sailonline.org Forum Search"

    You should now have a search facility for the SOL Forum

    Just remember it is not part of the SOL web site and is a separate stand alone page generated by Google.

    I will see if someone can embed a link in an appropriate place on the SOL site and also follow up Jack's suggestion.


    --- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2015-08-17 15:07:36 ---
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Objection to the potted history of the Shetlands
    Board » General Discussion
    I've worn a Kilt before & celebrate Hogmanay does that count ?
    A2 I have worn a kilt too but that does not make us Scotsmen. I also confess to quite liking the sound of bagpipes.
    I only celebrate traditional Aussie festivals such as Boxing Day at the MCG and the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
    Both happen to fall on the same day which makes it a very busy affair ... not to mention the booze consumed.
    ;-)
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Objection to the potted history of the Shetlands
    Board » General Discussion
    AWoL, I assume that was you logged in as 'guest'.
    I think we are describing the same coin from different sides and both are happy with the side we have.
    Having been to the Isle of Man, England, Scotland, Wales and Norway, I am very happy my ancestors were adventurous and departed to the New World. I quite enjoy sailing in shorts and t-shirt in the middle of winter in the Great Barrier Reef and I'm more than happy with the economic opportunities that have come our way.
    It's a pity you are a self declared 'stick-in-the-mud', a stay at home lacking the spirit to venture forth and take in all that the world has to offer. To fully appreciate it you have to stay a while and immerse yourself in the local society.
    The notion of being a gypsy is quite attractive and rather romantic. I'm already the descendent of a privateer, a licenced pirate, so gypsy would be just like another boy scout badge. Far from avoiding the strong, it was the duty of the younger sons of families with some substance to go to the New World and expand the family business interests. Such was the case with both sides of my family. I still have a cousin in the Isle of Man who is an MHK and a Minister in their government. He envies my life in Aus which is why he is always bringing his family out to visit. My Norwegian ggfather was an engineer who spoke 5 languages. He was paid an enormous fortune to come to the new colony of Queensland to design and build sugar mills. He liked it so much he married the boss's daughter and stayed.
    I have no desire to claim to be a scotsman. I have moved on from haggis and black pudding. What's more I bath daily, something denied at a Scottish BnB in the '80s because they needed the water for the 'beasties'.
    As to the original question of the scottishness or vikingness of the inhabitants of the Shetlands, personally I don't care if they are martians. They are citizens of the UK living in the part known as Scotland and they have viking heritage (their claim). It's as simple as that. Those are the facts. That is why they celebrate Up Helly Aa. The recent peer reviewed academic papers regarding DNA prove that heritage.
    If you have a different opinion then present your peer reviewed published research to counter the accepted academic view. Until then your opinion is just that, an opinion.
    I'm not the one you need to convince, go and tell the Shetlanders. I'd be very interested in how you are received ... and whether you survive the encounter.
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: RTW start
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Races
    Looks like a further start delay out to Tuesday.

    http://goo.gl/a0Z4uu
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Objection to the potted history of the Shetlands
    Board » General Discussion
    AWoL said ...
    "Given the right up-bringing and learning to speak properly, even you , Tyger, could become a true and steadfast Scotsman....subject to the outcome of some 'loyalty' tests."

    Hahaha ... little do you know that through my maternal grandfather I am already a fully paid up member of the Clans Buchanan, Farquharson and Stewart through the Kinley Sept. On my mother's side, I am a Kinley from the Isle of Man. You will know of course that 'the Kinley' was one of 'the Bruce's' lieutenants when Robert the Bruce and his gang were exiled to the Isle of Man.

    Also, through my Manx grandmother I get my SOL boatname, 'Tyger'. The Tyger was a famous Manx privateer/smuggler during the Napoleonic Wars whose Master and Commander was a g...grandfather, Captain Richard Qualtrough.

    Now there is a good Scotsman, Robert the Bruce, or should I call him by his proper name Roibert de Briuis, a Norman-Anglo noble. We all know where the Normans came from, they were Vikings (North Men) who were granted Normandy as a bribe for not continuing their raids up the Seine Valley.

    Again, the scientific evidence (DNA) shows that the Vikings wiped out the wimpish Pict men and the Pict women bred with the Vikings. It's logical, why wouldn't any woman prefer a Viking man?

    So, AWol my friend, my Viking family (over generations and remember that on my father's side I am all Swedish and Norwegian) have been there and done Scotland and now moved on to the New World - it must be that adventurous Viking blood.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1sOVj2MZh8



    --- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2015-03-12 14:22:56 ---
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Re: Objection to the potted history of the Shetlands
    Board » General Discussion
    AWoL, histories are often romanticised by later generations to fit an agenda. It isn't until the facts are analysed that a better picture becomes clear.

    I do not think the issue is about geographical location or sovereign allegiance. It is about genealogical heritage and with which ethnic group a person identifies themselves to be descended from. Recent studies show that about 1 million Brits can claim direct descent (father to son) from vikings with the highest percentage being in the Shetlands. If mitochondrial DNA (inherited solely from the mother) was also taken into account the numbers and percentage of the population with Viking 'blood' would more than double. http://goo.gl/w0EGrV

    Also, those from the Hebrides have long considered themselves to be Celts but DNA analysis shows them to be of Viking descent as well. http://goo.gl/uyMDpG

    Plus, the language spoken in the Shetlands was a Norse dialect known as Norn and only replaced with Scots English in the 19th C.
    http://nornlanguage.x10.mx/



    --- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2015-01-30 05:43:47 ---
    “We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.

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