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Well, all I can say is that wasn't a BFS - that was an SAR. There's a big difference in my opinion.
I think many people still miss what BFS is all about. It's about the adventurous side of sailing. It's about the excitement of it. It's about pushing your individual limits and getting better and better. All of that is REALLY fun.
Furthermore, it's seriously tongue in cheek. Some people think that stories like these are "bragging". Well, for some, that might be so. But for most, it's excitedly telling your story of how you accomplished something great, whether it's a first time heel under full sail, or a successful ride-out of a bigger storm than you've ever faced before. Both of those stories are filled with adventure, excitement...and, most importantly, education.
Yes, some get too caught up in the adventure/excitement side of sailing and end up needing to use the EPIRB because they didn't pay enough attention to the educational side of sailing. Just as on the other end of the spectrum, some get too caught up in the educational side of sailing to the point that they refuse to ever leave the dock because they're too afraid to screw up. It's a debate that has gone on for a very long time.
But at the end of the day, BFS is meant to be nothing more than fun. It's the fun that pulled every single one of us to this sport in the first place. And we're all here trying to learn more about how to do it well.
S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40