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I am rereading 'The Riddle of the Sands', something I do every ten years or so because it is such a good (sailing) novel. One line caught my attention. Carruthers, the narrator and not really much of a sailor says about Davies who is an accomplished sailor, "He was utterly without that didactic pedantry which yachting has a fatal tendency to engender in men who profess it."

Made me think about Sailnet.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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I read that book about 2 years ago and I remember that line also. It is a great read. It reminds me also of my flying career. We used to say" those who can fly,do, those who can't teach, those who can do neither, evaluate.
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I know you are NOT trying to insinuate that sailnutters are didactic pedants!

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I think anyone who uses the phrase "didactic pedantry" has clearly demonstrated themselves to be a pedant!
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We must get a Pedant Registry started then, and get the word out to the poor neighbors...
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There are didactics and pedants here on Sailnet. That's a didactic statement.
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There are didactics and pedants here on Sailnet. That's a didactic statement.
You mean there are pedants and didacts on Sailnet, if I may say so without being pedantic.
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You mean there are pedants and didacts on Sailnet, if I may say so without being pedantic.
Didactics as in instruction without pedanticism.

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Big words for Sailnet.


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