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Old 10-20-2010
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Perhaps this thread should be re-named from "Biggest Bonehead Move" to "Most Recent Bonehead Move"

Mine was when we were coming back to the dock a couple of weeks ago. When it is just The Admiral and me, things go smoothly. However, this time, we had guests who thought they could help.

Alas, someone told me we were lined up right when we weren't. Fortunately, the only damage was to my ego.

Here's what we learned:
  1. Even if your guests have sailing experience, don't change your routine. In this case, I should have asked the The Admiral for a visual. Backing up for another approach would have been easy. Second, The Admiral should have handled the lines that she normally looks after.
  2. If guests are blocking your view of the dock, politely ask them to move. Because I use corrective lenses for depth perception, I would have had a ready-made excuse.

But WTH, moments like this are what make sailing fun. You always learn. The Admiral and I don't scream over stuff like this anymore. This was another "Teachable Moment"
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