Fearless Captain

Posted on Sat April 13, 2013.

Yachtsmen, ever heard the joke about the Fearless Captain?
Yachtsmen in the area of the Vaal Dam in the Vaal Marina area love breaking away for a weekend to the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel. Besides their love for sailing, they all love to share a good joke.
I share this one for our yachting friends:
Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the waves, a captain and his crew
were in danger of being boarded by a pirate ship. As the crew became
frantic, the captain bellowed to his First Mate, “Bring me my red

The First Mate quickly retrieved the captain’s red shirt, which the
captain put on and lead the crew to battle the pirate boarding party.
Although some casualties occurred among the crew, the pirates were

Later that day, the lookout screamed that there were two pirate
vessels sending boarding parties. The crew cowered in fear, but the
captain calm as ever bellowed, “Bring me my red shirt!”

The battle was on, and once again the Captain and his crew repelled
both boarding parties, although this time more casualties occurred.
Weary from the battles, the men sat around on deck that night
recounting the day’s occurrences when an ensign looked to the Captain
and asked, “Sir, why did you call for your red shirt before the

The Captain, giving the ensign a look that only a captain can give,
exhorted, “If I am wounded in battle, the red shirt does not show the
wound and thus, you men will continue to fight unafraid.” The men sat
in silence marveling at the courage of such a man.

As dawn came the next morning, the lookout screamed that there were
pirate ships, 10 of them, all with boarding parties on their way. The
men became silent and looked to their Captain for his usual command.

The Captain, calm as ever, bellowed, “Bring me my brown pants!”