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Red face First sail of the season... I'm gettin' old

Took the boat out for the first time yesterday in 9 to 12 knot breezes and had a pretty good sail on Lake Erie. My problem was when I backed out of the slip, I had the boat perfectly positioned to proceed out of the fairway with only one problem. I forgot to take the boat out reverse (old age affecting the brain) and put it in forward, so when I gunned the engine to stop the backward motion and start moving forward, I instead swung the bow towards the boats across from my slip. Some very fast maneuvering and a quick-thinking crew member fending off the 4 X 4 post at the bow averted any disaster. It did make for some good dock entertainment, though, once they realized their boats were safe from the idiot captain.

In spite of that (and the 50 degree weather) it was great to be back out on the water sailing again. Now if I can finished re-doing all of the outside teak, I'll feel much better. Now if I can only forget my embarrassing event leaving the slip.....
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I keep having to remind myself that counter clockwise = go in forward and reverse!!

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Took the boat out for the first time yesterday...
Yeah we did too. The wind on the Chesapeake varied from 8-15 kt most of the day. The boat performed brilliantly on it new clean bottom - running down a couple of boats that it had no business catching, and sailing in the low 40-deg off the wind without pinching (too badly ;-)

We on the other hand performed the classic "goat rope"; jammed the headsail furler on the way back in and lowered the main with a handful of halyard knots ready to take a one-way trip up the mast. They say you never forget how to swim, or ride a bike. I think sailing (competently) can be forgotten over the winter. And there is that age thing you mentioned...
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Took the boat out for the first time yesterday...Now if I can only forget my embarrassing event leaving the slip.....
Don't forget it or you may do it again.

We were finally back on the water this weekend as well. With new sails and all new running rigging. I sailed solo on Sunday and it was a bit of a challenge because I made all the lines extra long to (eventually) lead all to the cockpit. The new sails practically fly themselves though. What a pleasure they are.
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I won't forget to glance down at the shift lever from now on, its just trying to forget the embarassment.

One other thing that happened was I took my jib in to have a new UV cover put on and forgot to take the sheets off the sail to put on my spare jib. With the sail repair store closed on Saturday, I had to make my mandatory $100+ minimum trip to West Marine and get new sheets.

The positive side to that is they look real nice on the boat!
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I splashed Calypso on Thursday, got her all set up to sail, but I decided to finish the last coats of cetol on the brightwork this past weekend. I have a new 140% genny that I can't wait to sail with. I'll have to do a sunset sail one of these days after work. I don't think I can wait til the weekend.
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Prime,, you are not alone.. this thread was quite fun but very revealing of what so many of us endure when docking.
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/seaman...-watching.html

My girlfriends and I sometimes go to this Marina that has a outdoor restaurant and bar.. elevated above the docks and transient finger slips. Dozens and dozens of patrons lean on the rails and watch. as a sailboat attempts to pull in. (they see the mast approching and it gets their attention) So far I've not embarrassed myself when pulling in.. but! I know the odds are against me!
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Denise, what was so frustrating was that I usually never have a problem backing out of the slip, but there have been some exciting times getting back in when the wind was coming from the wrong direction. In any case, I hope people have short memories!
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oh the whispers and stares... "here he comes again" feeling? giggle.
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