Make a note in your diaries, September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. http://www.thomasscott.net/yarr/
We tried this at work last year and it was extremely popular, so popular that many people carried on talking like pirates for weeks afterwards.
Ivanhoe is obviously already practising, ready for his weekend on the Thames.
I'm hoping that the same applies to sailing as was mentioned Chess thread, Goosey: if you want to improve, do it with someone better than you. Preferably someone who can take the tiller and take over when the going gets a bit hairy. Thats why I've signed up for a short course, as has Ivanhoe, in case you haven't seen the chatter section. Hopefully I'll be taking those stabilisers off soon.