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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.....