I don't know what role Jimmy played at the boat show but at Bay Ridge he was flogging Penfold Wines. The room full of people snaked around and although I've never been to a book signing I suspect that the vibe was about the same. Instead of people telling an author how much they enjoy his writing and getting him to sign a copy of the book, people were telling Jimmy how much they enjoyed watching him beat the New Zealanders and asked him to pose with them for photos. I overheard one couple saying that the photo of man, wife and Jimmy would be their Christmas card pix.
When it was my turn, we shook hands and I said "I scarcely recognized you without the helmet and body armor, but I'm guessing you're kinda counting on that." He laughed as he autographed my bottle of $9 red and asked what kind of boat I sailed. When I said Moths, he looked up and I quickly indicated that I sail Classic Moths not the sexy foiler variety. He said that he still has his foiler and that they're really not that difficult to sail. Easy for him to say! Every time I've tried it, I've been nervous as a cat about smelling bottom at speed with somebody else's expensive T-foils. But I digress. Penfolds had a selection of reds, mostly Shiraz and Shiraz-Cab blends, all offered in boxes showing the winning Oracle cup boat with the Golden Gate bridge in the background. A good start to boat show weekend!
|This nice box of red plonk should keep the wife and me busy for a few days.|
|The signed bottle. I wonder how many of these will wind up on flea-bay in a couple days?|