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Wink Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Just finished reading the whole thing. Learned a lot. I have done my share and it would serve no purpose to post them again from a different author.

I have had one experience that is new.

I was young and inexperienced and had my first little fibreglass keel boat. It came with a jib sheet that attached to the sail by a locking "J" hook on a swivel. One day in Summerside harbour Prince Edward Island I set out in strong winds and 4-5ft waves and hoisted jib only. When it filled with wind this swivel snapped and I was flying a large flag off the bow with no time or room to get it down.

I could make a few degrees each side of down wind and could pass by the end of a commercial dock. I grabbed a (long) line and attached it to a cleat and made for the end of this dock. I could see a ladder that I planned to jump to and climb with the line in hand. If I could get up on the dock and make this line fast I could save the boat by walking it arround to the lee side of the dock. If not I would have to watch my boat drift away and into a line of rocks.
Well I made it up the ladder and secured the boat. I use knots to secure sheets now.

The real qualifer for the bonehead move may be that after the boat was secured I realised how well insured it was.
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