I've spent weekends over the last five months applying what little I know about sailing (very small boats, long ago) to sailing my new (to me) Cal 27. I've been mostly doing it alone because my family won't sail in the cold. I've been very consciously adding not more than one new thing per sailing episode in an effort to not over extend my limited knowledge. It works out fine; I get to try stuff and learn without anyone watching me struggle. I'm much better now for it and look much smoother in their eyes.
This evening I took my kids (8 and 10) out on the lake. My new thing tonight was to be towing a canoe. This is my "launch" so we can do some playing on the islands in the lake. To help captivate the kids we're doing some geo cache searching. The plan tonight was to tow the canoe, sail to a cache, drop the anchor, paddle to shore, and find the cache.
Before we left the dock I paddled the canoe over to the stern of my boat, leaned over to grab the ladder, and fell right in the damn lake!
As soon as the kids realized I was ok they howled laughing.
Fortunately, my cold weather clothes were still on the boat. I stripped out of the wet stuff, put on some dry stuff, and we still achieved our objective. We'll be back at it this weekend.