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Best sail of the year last Sunday
My wife and I took a new sailor out on his Aloha 34 on the Hudson River Sunday, beautiful day.
Very light wind but it filled in to about 8 knots so we were able to get our groove on.
I was worried about this guy because as you might remember from a prior post we went out the first time in 20k and just jibed a reefed main for a few hours. It was all we could do.
That first day he didn't seem to be able to get the hang of the throttle and transmission or main-sheet or anything.
This time a few weeks later, with no real practice in between, he did really well. He actually took the boat off the slip and put it back in with pretty good control.
I was telling him when to do what but he did it fine.
The only practice he did was I asked him to play with the engine levers while the boat was still tied up which he did once.
I was worried about coming back in because the yard parked an oversize trawler next to him so he had only about 24" of clearance.
Something must have clicked because he was much better. Maybe the 20 knots was so disconcerting he just couldn't focus.
Made me feel less guilty about taking his money. For awhile I was figuring I was the worst teacher ever but maybe I can manage, he seemed really happy.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.