Originally Posted by smackdaddy
Valiente - welcome! We're waiting with baited breath (well T's actually the only one with baited breath) for your BFS! What ya got, dude?
Nothing on camera, alas. Let's just say that the very moment I learned about the "funnelling" effect of wind in valleys exiting over estuaries that can turn 20 knots on the beam to 40 knots on the anti-foul, I had left the cockpit to the tillerpilot (set to "moderate" seas) without PFD or tether because a fender had rolled off the boat on the lee side, and I thought it looked "unseamanlike" to have it flailing around in seven knots of froth.
At that point, I learned that a lot of old salts won't notice the fender when the skipper is up to his chest in green water, with one foot in the air and the other on a 50 degree tilted deck, desperately hauling the mainsheet free enough so that it ran so rapidly that it eats a hole in his finger.
That, they notice. Oh, well. That was the end of Season One. I got better, I think.