In case you haven’t been following, the self steering wind vane manufacturers Mr Vee, decided to run a competition during January. The task was to produce a video to promote their new carbon fibre wind vane, and it would be open to voting from the 25th January to the 30th.
Despite getting off to a good lead thanks to all the votes from readers of this blog and the very great people on the YBW forums, one of the other competitors quickly regained the gap and finally overtook me on Sunday evening. The race began proper, and without me prompting anything at all, a few people took it upon themselves to really get behind the effort and did all they could to encourage others to vote. As a result, it was cat and mouse all the way to the finish.
In the end, the other chap managed to close with a 13 vote lead, but it was apparent that their were duplicate votes on both sides, so the winner came down to a judges decision based on which video would best help promote the product.
Late Monday afternoon, the winner was announced, and to my great surprise it was me! I cannot really describe how utterly over the moon I am about winning. Having some reliable self steering on the boat is going to really change what Kudu is capable of, and I cannot wait to try it.
Of course, I owe this fortune to mrvane.com, everybody who voted, and especially to those who went to the extra effort of rallying the troops for a final push. I certainly didn’t expect to have that much support and I was truly humbled by it.
Thank you all