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Re: Scary night sail

Originally Posted by capecodda View Post

I've got a 100 ton ticket, I can imagine what's going through your mind.

All I can think of is what a great guy you are to do this. If something goes haywire and you loose your ticket, I'm going to burn mine.

Yea, you might go aground, have a minor injury, or scratch something, but some things in life are more important, and in my opinion the risks involved are minor compared to the benefit you are bringing to your friends.

Life is short...thank you for making a difference.
That is a good point and you know I've thought of it.

I don't even bring my book.
Since I'm not getting paid this is not a USCG regulated trip, as far as I know.

I don't know what I would have to do to have my license revoked but I hope it is more than buggering some fiberglass.

I have a friend who I never was able to get to come sailing with me because he was too scared. He was bicycling ahead of his wife on a state park road when a car passed his wife, didn't see him and merged into his lane.
He suffered a severe concussion, passed out, and was lucky to live.

It is pretty hard to judge just what is dangerous and what is safe.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
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