How They Speak Down Under
Published on December 13th, 2016
When Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Farr 40 Transfusion was idling, his 28 year-old son Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis tossed some of the professionals from last season and gathered a young crew for the second event of the Australian 2016-17 pointscore season, the Pittwater One Design Trophy on December 17-18.
Said Massimo, “Guido won’t be on board; it’s kids only. The boat is sitting unused so thought I’d get some experience. I’m pretty green to yachts but I’ve spent a lot of time in Flying 11s, 16-foot skiffs and A-cats, and I’ve done a couple of Farr 40 regattas. The crew are all punter mates from around the traps who have done some sailing. We’ve been doing a regular twilight campaign to get everyone familiar with their roles. We haven’t bent the boat… yet.”
Around the traps: An Australian slang expression which generally refers to the fact that two or more people are likely to be gathered in the same location in the near future.
Punter: London slang for costumer, may also be used for “johns” (among prostitutes and police agents), people who watch porn movies or go to strip joints regularly.
Mate: Slang for “friend” used in New Zealand, Britain, Australia and Tasmania
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