The Grand Splashional Old Jack's Boat


The Grand Splashional

Children's series. Jack and Salty help a little seahorse called Sam race Speedy, the fastest fish in the sea.


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Ha...oh!

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And a good day to you.

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# This is the place to be

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# For Salty Dog and me.

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# Down by the harbour we'll be there

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# Round every corner there's something to share

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# Give us a cheer, our friends are here

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# Just Salty Dog and me... #

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Ha-ha! Come on, Salty!

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# This is the place to meet

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# Down at the end of the street

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# Seagulls flying up in the blue

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# There's always a cup of tea waiting for you

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# Out in the sun, having some fun

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# Haul away, haul away

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# Sing a song of the sea

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# Hoist the sail I'll tell you a tale

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# Of Salty Dog and me.

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# This is the place to go

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# And these are the people we know

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# The village is busy with things to see

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# And there's the Rainbow down by the quay

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# There's stories to tell join us as well

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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MOBILE RINGS

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Oh! Good morning, Jack and Salty!

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Miss Bowline-Hitch! How are you this morning?

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Busy-busy!

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What have you got there?

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Delivering leaflets for the village raffle - here.

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Oh, thank you - what's this number seven at the bottom?

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That's your special number.

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-Whoever gets the winning number gets a big bunch of flowers.

-Very nice.

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Can we help? We could drop a leaflet in at The Mermaid?

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I think it'll be quicker if I do it, Jack.

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I don't know - I mean, Salty and I, we like a challenge.

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So we'll race you there.

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Very well, but let me warn you, you'll lose.

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-I'm very fast on my bike.

-Oh, yeah.

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Busy-busy!

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There she goes, yeah - with the speed of light!

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I know what you're thinking, Salty - she's bound to beat us.

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But just wait and see.

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Number seven - that could be lucky. Lucky seven, Salty.

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I'm so far ahead, I've still got time to deliver a couple more leaflets.

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Busy-busy!

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Don't worry, Salty -

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I know she's way ahead, but you just wait and see.

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PHONE RINGS

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Oh...

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Yes?

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Miss Bowline-Hitch speaking, yes.

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Yes. Yes.

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Oh...yes?

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What did I tell you, Salty?

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I knew she'd get delayed.

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Come on.

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Yes - thank you very much. I'll let you know.

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Must go - busy, busy!

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MISS BOWLINE-HITCH SIGHS

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Arrived at last. I'll just wait here for Jack and Salty.

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JACK WHISTLES

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Over here!

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Jack and Salty! How did you do it?

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If there's one thing we can rely on, it's you being "busy-busy".

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I knew you'd get a couple of phone calls on the way.

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Well, really! I thought I'd be the winner.

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How disappointing.

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Now we've had our cup of tea and Salty's had her biscuit,

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I think it's about time we got back to the Rainbow.

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-No hard feelings?

-None at all!

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-CHUCKLING:

-Bye-bye!

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Come on, Salty.

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There she is - the Rainbow.

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What have you got for us today, me dear?

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Hey-hey! Come on, Salty.

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JACK HUMS A TUNE

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Here we are.

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That's it - you settle yourself down there, girl. Good girl.

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Well, that race we had with Miss Bowline-Hitch

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just shows, doesn't it?

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Fastest isn't always the best.

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Here, do you remember that underwater race we once saw?

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That was to see who was the fastest, wasn't it?

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Oh, this will whiffle your whiskers, girl.

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Once upon a twinkly time,

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the Rainbow set off from Staithes, waved goodbye to Whitby

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and disappeared over the horizon.

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# Upon the briny sea

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# The sun is up, the weather's fair

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# Salty is sniffing the ocean air

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# We're not in a hurry so no need to worry

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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JACK LAUGHS

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Then suddenly, the Rainbow stopped.

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Oh!

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Salty looked over the stern - that's the back -

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and she pointed to some seaweed wrapped around our rudder.

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Ha!

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We were stuck.

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"We must be tangled up in the Seaweed Forest",

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I said to Salty.

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So we headed underwater to do some untangling.

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Well, down below, Salty spotted a crowd gathering on the sea bed.

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Mrs Cod was there, organising everyone.

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"Have you marked the start line, Harold?" she said.

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"Yes, dear", said Mr Cod.

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Then she spotted Salty and me.

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"Jack, you're just in time." "For what?" I asked.

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"The Grand Splashinol. We do it every year.

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"It's when someone tries to beat Speedy in a race."

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"But Speedy is the fastest fish in the sea!" I said.

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"Exactly", Mrs Cod replied. "No-one's ever beaten him."

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And with that, she announced,

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"Competitors for the Grand Splashinol,

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"take your places!"

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And immediately, there was a great "whoosh!"

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as Speedy sped up to the start line.

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But who was going to race him?

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"Come on!" Speedy said.

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All the fish shook their heads -

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they'd all tried before and they lost.

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So, in a flurry of fins, all the fish whizzed away,

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leaving a teeny tiny seahorse called Sam,

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wide-eyed and on his own.

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"You'll do", Speedy laughed. "This is going to be easy!"

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And with that, a determined look came onto Sam's face - hmm -

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and he flapped up to the start line next to Speedy.

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"You go for it, Sam!" I said.

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"You don't have to be big to do big things."

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Sam gulped.

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I gave out the race numbers. Sam's was a bit big

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and when I pinned it on, he started to sink.

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"I'll wear it for you", Salty woofed.

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And then Mrs Cod gave me the signal and I trumpeted,

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"On your marks, get set, go!"

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"See you at the finish line", Speedy smirked to Sam,

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"if you make it that far - ha-ha!"

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And he sped off, faster than a firework.

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Sam flapped his fins, with Salty trotting along beside him,

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but they were hardly past the start

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before Speedy was just a speck in the distance.

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"Oh, bother!" said Sam.

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Up ahead, Speedy sped past an arrow that was pointing the way.

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He zipped past it so fast, he sent the arrow whizzing round

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and it ended up pointing the wrong way.

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"Whoops!" said Speedy, chuckling to himself.

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A little while later, Sam flapped along with Salty.

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"Follow the arrow", Salty woofed and off they went...the wrong way.

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Well, it turned out that Salty and Sam

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had actually followed the arrow down a shortcut

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and they ended up in front of Speedy.

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"Go, Sam!" cheered Coral Reef, as Sam flapped past.

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And soon, Speedy arrived.

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"Go, Speedy!" Coral cheered.

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Speedy thought he was far ahead, so he stopped for a chat.

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"This'll be the third time I've won the Grand Splashinol",

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he bragged.

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"Really?" Coral marvelled.

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She asked Speedy if he had time for a photo.

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"Of course! Plenty of time."

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So Speedy posed for loads of photos.

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Dah-dee! Ta-dah!

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Against the volcano, beside the submarine,

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balancing on his tail, grinning a toothy grin.

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Soon, Coral suggested that perhaps Speedy should get going

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if he wanted to catch up with Sam.

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"Catch up?" laughed Speedy. "Sam and Salty are way behind!"

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"Actually, they passed by quite a while ago", Coral said.

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"What?!" said Speedy.

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And then he thought,

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"I'll take the shortcut through the Seaweed Forest.

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"That'll beat 'em!"

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Well, up ahead, Sam was getting tired.

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It was a long way for a little seahorse.

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"You don't have to be big to do big things", Salty woofed.

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And Sam swam on and on and on.

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Meanwhile, Speedy sped through the Seaweed Forest

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and up ahead, he could see Sam, nearly at the finish line.

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Speedy went faster, faster and faster.

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Then he stopped.

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A strand of seaweed had tangled round Speedy's tail.

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"Ah! Ooh!"

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He was stuck.

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He tried to pull himself free, but the seaweed wouldn't move.

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Something was making it really heavy.

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It was the Rainbow's rudder -

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Speedy and the Rainbow were tangled on the same strand of seaweed.

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"Rrrggghhh! Ooh!"

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Speedy pulled and edged slowly forwards.

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At the finish line, we could see Sam and Salty coming.

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Sam was huffing and puffing and flapping up to the finish.

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"Come on", we all cheered. "You can do it!"

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Speedy watched what was happening and put everything he had

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into one final tug on the seaweed.

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Ping! "Oh!"

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And Speedy pinged off towards the finish line

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and the seaweed untangled from the Rainbow's rudder.

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Speedy nearly caught up with Sam, but with a flap and a puff

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and a stretched-out nose...

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..Sam crossed the line first.

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Ha! "Sam is the winner", I announced,

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and the crowd went wild.

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"You don't need to be big to do big things", I said to Sam,

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as everyone patted him on the back and Coral Reef took his photo.

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And Speedy?

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Well, being beaten by a slow little seahorse

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made him a much less boastful fish.

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He even said "Well done" to Sam for beating him.

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So, now the Rainbow was free, it was time to go.

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We did some goodbye-ing and headed back on board

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and set our course for Staithes and home.

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Did you like that story, Salty? All true, of course.

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Mind you, my stories always are.

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Come on, girl.

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Come on, Salty - time for the raffle.

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We'd better get over to The Mermaid.

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Come on.

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Jack, Salty, you're just in time for the raffle.

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Yes - you're not upset about losing our little race earlier, are you?

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Not at all - I'm a good loser.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the winning number is...

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Seven, let it be seven!

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..number 12!

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-Oh.

-Ah...!

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Does anyone have the winning number?

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Just a minute - Miss Bowline-Hitch, what was your number?

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Em...

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Oh...number 12.

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Ah! You are a winner after all, Miss Bowline-Hitch!

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-I am!

-Yes, you are.

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-Congratulations!

-Oh, thank you!

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-Yeah!

-Hooray!

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Now we can celebrate with a cup of The Mermaid Cafe's finest tea.

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Yeah, and a couple of cakes, eh?

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