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post #1791 of 3067 Old 03-31-2010
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Wayne,

We did pretty good all things considering. Let me know where you are for two weekends from now, two races that weekend, assuming I can get the boat out for various and sundry reasons.

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Warning the following post contains stunts performed by intoxicated dumb teenagers. They should not be attempted by anybody, professional or not, under any circumstances.


Back when I was 16, I had a laser which I sailed on the Hudson river. My friend and I had decided we were going to cut school and go sailing. We of course packed all the essentials:
mini cooler
ice
orange juice
vodka
cigarettes

We launched at Peekskill as a stiff NW wind was building. Of course being really shortsighted, we decided to head south first on a broad reach in order to provide a more favorable heel for drink mixing. We made it as far as Croton before the vodka ran out, needless to say it was a heck of a ride down with the laser on a plane the whole way even with the weight of two people, and of course our provisions. The slog back up was significantly less fun, and exceedingly wet. Somehow we managed to keep the boat on it's feet the entire trip. Looking back now, I am not sure how, but we did.
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Screwdrivers and smokes: Essential equipment in every toolkit/ditchbag.

And, hey, as long as no IDTs were harmed during the execution of said BFS...nice sailing dude!


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Screwdrivers and smokes: Essential equipment in every toolkit/ditchbag.

And, hey, as long as no IDTs were harmed during the execution of said BFS...nice sailing dude!

It was a heck of a lot of fun, and thankfully no injuries. It would have been nice if they had these cool life rafts back then, just in case.

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I hate to throw a wet blanket on all of this, but I don't think I can celebrate sailing anywhere, let alone a busy waterway, drunk. Drinking after the sail is a whole different story. In fairness, you did warn at the beginning that this was a story of dumb intoxicated teenagers. So long as we keep that in mind, certainly glad that no one was hurt.
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A couple years ago, I was sailing my C&C 35 Landfall singlehanded south from Annapolis, 2-3 miles off the western shore, with about 20-25 kt winds out of the west. Because the fetch was only 2-3 miles, the waves were nominal for that much wind. I don't remember the exact sail configuration, but probably tucked in a single reef and rolled up a little genoa. I put her on a beam reach and trimmed the sails for speed and balance, and then set the autopilot. Her speed was steadily 8 1/2 kts, with bursts over 9 kts. I looked over the side, and the bow wave no longer extended out from the bow of the boat. It had moved aft all the way back to the primary winches. This was not a brief burst of speed, while she slid down the face of a wave. She maintained that speed without a break for nearly three hours before she finally dipped below her hull speed. For my part, I didn't have to constantly tend her sails to keep them in perfect trim. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride, and make sure she didn't run into anything. I have sailed in stronger winds and bigger seas, but can't adequately describe how exhilarating it is to sail for so long in conditions so perfect for optimum speed. Sometimes the best ride isn't the one that scares you to death; it's the one that thrills you to death!

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I have sailed in stronger winds and bigger seas, but can't adequately describe how exhilarating it is to sail for so long in conditions so perfect for optimum speed. Sometimes the best ride isn't the one that scares you to death; it's the one that thrills you to death!
Right On! Went out last night, in 10-15knts. Can't tell you how cool it is to trim up, take your hand off the tiller and watch the boat drive itself at speed without touching a thing.

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I have sailed in stronger winds and bigger seas, but can't adequately describe how exhilarating it is to sail for so long in conditions so perfect for optimum speed. Sometimes the best ride isn't the one that scares you to death; it's the one that thrills you to death!
I think you nailed BFS Sailormon. That's exactly the way I see it. It's the thrill - not the fear - of sailing.

As I said on page one, your fear and my fear are completely different things. As I'm a lake sailor that has only been at it a couple of years, I still get scared at stuff you'd laugh at. But I ALWAYS get that thrill of sailing through those conditions successfully...and even a bigger thrill when I'm going FAST while doing it.

Fear didn't draw me to sailing. The thrill of it did. That's what BFS celebrates. And that's what I'll always be pursuing.


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