Join Date: May 2005
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I remember reading an editors comments in Sail? he was in Scotland, at a pub thinking how horrible it would be to sail, as a fleet of boats headed our for a race, A couple hrs later they came back, a few had ripped sails stuck to the top of the mast, ie upper jib and main seperated. broken booms, etc. They all sowed up in the pub laughing, bloodied faces, fingers etc on some, all laughing. The editor had to ask why they all went out in a 30-40 knot wind? If we waited for less than 20 knots to sail, we would NEVER get out and sail!
Any way, not sure what that is worth, but as they say, different strokes, for different folks! In the end, one does not need to go out when the OP went out, nor when I was out last month, but if your properly prepared, can get out of trouble if you will with in reason, have a game plan for any contingencies you think will arrive or could happen. Why not!
The worst that will happen, is you will flip your 8' pram in lke washington, swamp it in 2-3' waves and 20 knot winds............ok, so a story from age 15 or there abouts one halloween day back in 76! Any way, hopefully things will not break, like booms! i am sure that incident should NOT have happened, but fun to harass the victim none the less! have a game plan on how you will do what for ea circumstance of potential issue, follow to the best you can. Then laugh or cry about the end later. Sail has an article ea month in which folks tell about things that went right and wrong with in ea type of incident. The people tell about what they did right, and wrong, what they will do next time to prepare better for these issues.
Next time will go better. Just like my trip last month, I learned some things on how to handle this boat better when I get into similar situations! IE the shortening of sails will be done differently etc. Otherwise, it was a fun time for all! Same for the race in early oct. learned a few things there too! All good in the end. Just as the OP learned a few things, about himself, and spouse! along with how the boat handled things too. A good day out, nothing broke, even it if did, you lived to tell about it!
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!