Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wayne, PA
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To paraphrase AND Agree with Smack, it was a great day to sail until that water spout (read TORNADO over water) hit us. Who can plan for that?
When everyone insists on optimum conditions at all times no one ever gets past the margarita blender on the beach. Better to wait for tomorrow's weather to arrive today for assessment.
Life, sailing, going to the grocery store or bathroom require risk. Immediate "wrong skipper, wrong boat, wrong weather, wrong season, wrong right, wrong wrong" is tiresome kneejerk crap. Sometimes the best intentions fall short of the best reality.
If sailing were as safe as standing up next to your padded pillow would you bother to do it?
**** happens; when it does it cares not for the good or bad choices you made beforehand. **** is elastic in the worst sense - there will always be the capacity for more **** than you want or can deal with; until you deal with it. Or fail.
Reasonably the day may come when the **** wins and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
Some sailor somewhere is having that day right now. When all the preparation, skill and knowledge is exhausted it may only be the best wishes of a bunch of armchair or slightly above armchair sailors best thoughts and wishes that keep him afloat.
Why not wish and assume the best for those facing the worst?
Crapping on the efforts and abilities of folks floating our dreams is the antithesis of the sailing ethos.
**** happens; if it has not happened to you it may be because you are smarter or more well prepared, or maybe bigger **** is in store and just around the corner.
When it hits do you really think you'll need a ton of folks on the side of the ****?
When it does sometimes it is just **** ---- no one is the lesser person, it just happened.