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Are you a risk adverse sailor?
This may seem like a silly question (and should read "averse" not adverse). However I have encountered Sailors and Windsurfers who seem like very conservative, risk averse people. I have always wondered what attracts them to sports/hobbies that are relatively risky. Not to be overly dramatic, but we've lost several experienced sailors on good boats within eyesight of the Golden Gate Bridge over the past several years. In addition, maneuvering on a heaving,wet deck, heeling at 20 degrees, with lines and powerful sails flailing about, seems absolutely insane to some non sailors! Lets not even start with Windsurfing/Kiting (Every veteran Windsurfer I know has a long list of horror stories)!
I received a response to one of my threads that made me think "man, if you worry about all those (minor, highly unlikely, IMO) things, you must be absolutely terrified when the wind suddenly picks up and your boat is overpowered!" (as one example).
I don't think sailing is dangerous. However, as a risk taker and bit of an adrenaline junkie, I've always been curious what attracts a person who is risk averse to sailing. Seems very counter intuitive to me! Thoughts?
Edit: See post #30 (page 3) for clarification of risk averse.
Last edited by L124C; 01-18-2012 at 02:50 PM.