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A couple of other threads have been great reads and possibly even educational/ reminiscent . At the very least,they allow venting of I wouldn't have/ you shoulda have,and that is valuable but second hand opinions and advice is only that .The 'adventure' that starts the discussion stands. and we, the listeners, are slack jawed or critical. The best tales have elements of bad planning, adverse weather, equipment failure, incompetence and personality conflicts. The recipe varies but personality is the loose cannon and hardest to foresee. We all (most of us) have our tales and I propose a thread relating them for the entertainment of all. ( no lying and bragging if possible) If this proves popular I may relate some of my more spectacular screwups.

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Re: Belly up to the bar

Here's a similar thread:

What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Thanks Denise, I found the thread. However, as I've never made a bonehead move in my life , I find it difficult to relate to.I had in mind more complex tales of a culmination of events or situations that evolve until something snaps. Example.. 1965, Wandering broke and selling my blood for food I leave Anatolia after an earthquake that killed tens of thousands and make my way to Piraeus. Walking the pier I fall in with a Dutch skipper,just returned from Holland and looking for crew to sail to Sicily.After 6 hungry weeks in Istanbul it sounded like a great opportunity to get towards Gibraltar and across. I jump at it and we cast off stern lines and spend some time untangling the ground tackle from adjoining vessels. Having no engine made our departure a lengthy affair. As we drift south, I learn something of my shipmates.The vessel is a classic beauty. 60 ft sloop ,a contender for the 1939 Fastnet. Much of the running gear (sheets etc) had been stolen by locals while the skipper made a trip to Holland leaving the boat in the care of girlfriend, Dutch, obese and pregnant by the young backpacker she'd met. They'd consumed much of the stores and the three co-habited aboard while the skipper takes up with a British woman he'd met in a bar Inviting her on a sea cruise,he has aspirations of setting new way points in their relationship.I have to say that the skipper was a competent sailor but the others had absolutely no experience. The 'cook 'didn't want anyone in the galley,was morning sick, sea sick, couldn't stay below for a fear of sinking but was afraid of the waves so couldn't be on deck.The Brit, after considerable pressure from the skipper to, you know, spent hours in the foc'le peak doing the primal scream .Somehow being new to the scene it was obvious it was all my fault.Thing got pretty bad before we made it to Sardinia .J.T, the Brit wrote the story up in a British yacht magazine but her take on the adventure with Al , Canadian logger was a tad different from my reality.

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Thanks Denise, I found the thread. However, as I've never made a bonehead move in my life , I find it difficult to relate to....
Glad that you don't make mistakes. My name is Donna, by the way, not Denise.
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Thanks Denise, I found the thread. However, as I've never made a bonehead move in my life , I find it difficult to relate to.I had in mind more complex tales of a culmination of events or situations that evolve until something snaps. Example.. 1965, Wandering broke and selling my blood for food I leave Anatolia after an earthquake that killed tens of thousands and make my way to Piraeus. Walking the pier I fall in with a Dutch skipper,just returned from Holland and looking for crew to sail to Sicily.After 6 hungry weeks in Istanbul it sounded like a great opportunity to get towards Gibraltar and across. I jump at it and we cast off stern lines and spend some time untangling the ground tackle from adjoining vessels. Having no engine made our departure a lengthy affair. As we drift south, I learn something of my shipmates.The vessel is a classic beauty. 60 ft sloop ,a contender for the 1939 Fastnet. Much of the running gear (sheets etc) had been stolen by locals while the skipper made a trip to Holland leaving the boat in the care of girlfriend, Dutch, obese and pregnant by the young backpacker she'd met. They'd consumed much of the stores and the three co-habited aboard while the skipper takes up with a British woman he'd met in a bar Inviting her on a sea cruise,he has aspirations of setting new way points in their relationship.I have to say that the skipper was a competent sailor but the others had absolutely no experience. The 'cook 'didn't want anyone in the galley,was morning sick, sea sick, couldn't stay below for a fear of sinking but was afraid of the waves so couldn't be on deck.The Brit, after considerable pressure from the skipper to, you know, spent hours in the foc'le peak doing the primal scream .Somehow being new to the scene it was obvious it was all my fault.Thing got pretty bad before we made it to Sardinia .J.T, the Brit wrote the story up in a British yacht magazine but her take on the adventure with Al , Canadian logger was a tad different from my reality.
I had a similar experience back in the 70's, however Sailnet is a bit tame, so I'll hold back the details. Len maybe we can meet up in the bar on KO JUM soon and discuss our sordid affairs?


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That escalated quickly
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Sorry Donna, It's not the first time I've called a woman by the wrong name at an inopportune moment, sailnet no exception.
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Sorry Donna, It's not the first time I've called a woman by the wrong name at an inopportune moment, sailnet no exception.
baby, babe, honey works better for those lapses in memory, especially in the wee hours.....


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I have trouble with the necessary sincerity to make that work. On to the next adventure.
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Re: Belly up to the bar

I'd belly up to the bar but I just had a sh*t load of fish tacos ( yellow fin ) so, my belly may be at the bar but, my a$$ would still be on the sidewalk and you wouldn"t hear a word I said.

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