On more thought I'll add is how much the three years I've owned this boat have changed me as a sailor. If this had happened in my first season, I'd have probably ended up a quivering mass of jelly, curled up in the fetal position in the cockpit. As it was, my running thought during all this was "What... a... BOTHER!", as I scrambled around trying to get hold of sheets, keep the tiller from getting away from me and plan my next move.
I won't say it was a fun time (especially when the "racer" refused to give me the right of way -- I saw her name, but I don't remember it and probably just as well), but I learned a lot about how my boat handles -- though I have to caveat that with "I won't claim I had great sail trim going at all times."
I'll definitely check out the rigging tensions, too.
S/V Free Spirit
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