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Took my boss sailing today!

We had planned to ride dirt bikes but when I checked, spring turkey season just started. We have a gentlemens agreement with the local hunters ...... we stay out of the forest during general gun season and spring turkey season. So I suggested we go for a sail. He's strictly a power boat guy and has never been sailing.

The weather was perfect in the Tampa Bay area today and we left the dock at 9 and motor sailed up to Clearwater Pass and out into the gulf a little after 10. The breeze was blowing off-shore and once we got out of the turbulence of the hotels we settled into a nice 12 - 14 kt breeze beating into a light chop. In other words, perfection.

The only other sail in view was off to port and he was beating up the coast; we set out in hot pursuit. He had a head start and crossed our bow on a starboard tack. I waited until I was a little up wind then made my tack. Wow, we could sure point a lot higher ....... it was no contest.

I like to hand first-timers the tiller right away and Jeff had the rail in the water and a big grin on his face. I was standing on the high side up by the shrouds yelling stuff like "Ye Haw" and "Alright!!!" and "Feel the Power" as us southern boys like to do.

He still likes his power boats but he really enjoyed today.



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Looks like you had a fine day of sailing. The dark side may run strong in your boss, but at least you gave him a glimpse of the light. Well done, DB!

P.S. I like the way you and the hunters worked out that gentleman's agreement. We should get you guys working for the State Department.


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Very nice dirt! Who said you don't sail? Heh-heh.


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I like the way you and the hunters worked out that gentleman's agreement. We should get you guys working for the State Department.
We've worked very hard to gain the trust of the forest officials and the "locals." We organized a forest clean up day with the hunters and we show up with trucks, trailers and people, it's become a yearly event.



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I've been wimping out all winter 'cause it just been too cold and windy for my old butt. In a few months I'll be complaining about the heat and no wind!

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What really shows your kindness is that you not only took your boss out, you brought him back!
Looks like a great day. My boat sailed out of Tampa for many years. I actually "sailed" out of St. Pete for about a year, but it was aboard a CG cutter.
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I didn't realize Jeff got a picture of me up on the bow ...... you can see we were really hauling.



Hummmmm I may need to start doing a few sit-ups ..........

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No, you were really heeling.... most boats will actually go faster with a reef in when they're heeling that much. Most boats sail a lot faster if they're sailing flatter.

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I didn't realize Jeff got a picture of me up on the bow ...... you can see we were really hauling.



Hummmmm I may need to start doing a few sit-ups ..........

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