I am sure you will gain more and more friends and supporters here..you are starting to become like the crazy brother no one invites to the parties but we all secretly love....
I ain't no frigging foreigner nor did I check into the 'Stoner' thread long enough not to check out. Been there, done that. I now like having all my senses making sense to me especially when I am floating on the seemingly bucolic briny.
As an advocate for LFS (or Laggardly Frigging Sails) I can report that I took my 19' Lightning out by myself for the first time. It was the ultimate LFS sail as the wind only tickled the waters surface and beckoned me to raise the sails only to be let down later and have to paddle the boat back without the current. In my own defense I offer that the Lightning is usually raced with a crew of 3 and can be blown over with its tall, raked mast and my limited ballast of 160#s or so I was a bit apprehensive. The wind was only my enemy and never gave me enough pressure to get up to the windward side of the boat.
I went about 1000 yards and decided to turn back as the small LI bay I was in turned to near glass. I was amazed at how steadily but slowly the Lightning was able to make some way under the breath of the wind (I could tell how slow the wind was by a lit cigarette). I ghosted along and occasionally sculled the rudder to keep headway into the tidal current. I was worried about too much wind on my first truly solo sail on this racing boat and was rewarded with not enough to make it really count. Be careful what you wish for.
I had so much time to myself while sitting in the boat on the leeward side inducing heel that I finally figured out how the boom-vang is actually rigged. The next time I go out solo, or nearly solo (with my Admiral and/or nephew) I will at least be able to use the vang.
Now it is really autumn or fall as we know it. Yesterday there were winds up to 40 in gusts and lots of rain. I was not ready to try that and will wait for a day that the winds are not quite as strong in a boat that can be blown over. I kind of missed my 27' Tartan with her 4 tons of weight as I now realize the freedom that old boat affords me when the situation gets snotty.
LFS = a time for introspection.
SnackDiddy, I hope you did get to meet up with an old friend of mine named Slivovits who frequent the parts of eastern Europe you portend to have visited.
Keep your sense of humor firmly intact even if your financial foundation has been rocked closer to the ground as mine has.
Are you back from the Czech republic yet?