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dnf777 02-28-2010 02:27 PM

Too cold to sail?
Hi all,
I'm new here, and to sailing in general. Been boating most my life otherwise.
I'm eagerly awaiting spring to launch my first sailboat, a Precision-15, and learn how to sail, as many have done before me. Unfortunately we're getting more snow, with about two feet piled up outside, with temps barely tickling the freezing, or rather I should say, melting point.

So, in my despair for warmer weather, I've resigned myself to a couple more months of it being just 'too darn cold' to sail. What better to do than sit back, and read accounts of Shackelton's Antartic expedition, including his 800 mile trans-Antartic ocean voyage in not much more than my dinghy, to save his life and that of his crew.

Yeah, its too darn cold to sail. Where's my Snuggie?

sailingdog 02-28-2010 03:08 PM

Unless the water is frozen... it isn't too cold to sail...

St Anna 02-28-2010 06:19 PM

Hey SD,
I'm just rubbing salt into the wound.
I'd better not make a comment.

CaptainForce 02-28-2010 06:33 PM

Yeah! It's extremely cold for us pansies in Florida, but we'll be out tomorrow even if it only gets up to the sisties. 'take care and joy, aythya crew

sailingdog 02-28-2010 06:40 PM



Originally Posted by St Anna (Post 575169)
Hey SD,
I'm just rubbing salt into the wound.
I'd better not make a comment.

Architeuthis 02-28-2010 07:19 PM

I didn't spend all that money on hydronic heating to not use it! In fact we only go out when it is cold!

Tempest 02-28-2010 07:50 PM

I just took the ferry home from Manhattan and there was a Guy sailing down the hudson on a run with only his Main up...looked like he was having a nice leisurely sail

adamsaquatics 02-28-2010 08:45 PM

Shackleton and his men had a tough time of it I reckon. Imagine watching the ice of the South Pole slowly crush your boat then living there for a very long time before setting off in a dinghy.

I like to think I can handle a bit but that would be a tough row to hoe.

tager 02-28-2010 09:06 PM

Shackleton was a hardass. None of us would have made it.

bubb2 02-28-2010 09:33 PM

Sometimes colder is better!

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