Join Date: May 2006
Location: FERNDALE, WA USA
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Some of the older sailing accounts used to stress the understating of difficult times to an exaggerated art form all its own. The stiff upper lip ‘spot of bother force ten for a fortnight, mizzen mast somewhere in Patagonia now, no real problem save a spilled cup of tea or two,’ sort of thing, that would save all the wild exaggeration for descriptions of hard drinking or comical natives, might not have been any closer to reality then the current crop. I always tended to believe Bernard Motessier’s sailing accounts, but sometimes wondered about his more Dr. Dolittle moments with sea creatures.
Am I the only one who really enjoys reading a good sailing blog? I found 3 or 4 that were really well written and amusing, but they have all stopped sailing now. Their ups and downs help keep the spirits up while outfitting a boat to go again myself a year and a half from now.
Here I am in my late 40’s still reading this stuff, just like when I was a kid. I should win some sort of ancient mariner prize, for admitting, I read about Robin Lee Graham before Dove, in the National Geographic.