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Old 09-10-2012
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What a dumbass!

Okay, so yesterday was probably the best day of sailing I've had all season - if not ever!

I was out with my wife, my brother and his two sons (13 & 15).

The wind was blowing 15 plus with gusts higher than that. We went for at least 2 - hours without dropping below 6.5, with long periods of being in the low 7's! The boys were at the wheel most of the time and did a great job. The younger one even handled a couple of tacks.

We stopped in at an anchorage for lunch, where the boys swam and kayaked for a while. I put a reef in the main before we headed out as some of the gusts had knocked us down a bit on the way up.

So, off we go on the 10-mile jaunt home. We left the anchorage under power and got out into the wind. The main went up without a hitch and we sailed toward the marker that was our turning point to settle into a beam/broad reach home. We were making 5.5 under reefed main on a close reach.

It had been recommended to me that I stick the shift into reverse gear when sailing in order to reduce hum and to not allow the prop to free-wheel. I did this and made the turn at the buoy. We hauled out the jib and jumped ahead on a great reach.

After a few minutes of scooting along my nephew asked: "When are we going to shut off the engine?"

"Huh?"

Here we were whipping along under full (we actually: reefed) sail. I couldn't hear the diesel, which was not only still running, but set to reverse!

We switched off the diesel and, surprize, surprize - our performance improved.

What a dumbass!

In my own defense though I put it down to the fact that I was so intent on waving at my fellow boaters that I negelcted to focus on my own needs....
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Re: What a dumbass!

LOL, sounds like something I would do!
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Re: What a dumbass!

Classic.

On our last ocean race (a pursuit start) we crossed the line with our motor on. Doh! Had to loop around and start again.

It's not always pretty.
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Re: What a dumbass!

I average one dumba$$ move per sail trip... It's OK though, the number is down from last year

My recent one was this last race single handing in VERY light winds, I thought i'd be smart, and raise my symmetric myself (with tiller pilot on)... well, I got everything all set, and got back to the cockpit, meanwhile a competitor ahead of me, said "Hey your sails in the water!"

My genoa head had dropped out of the tuff luff, and fell in the water dragging me down, (not far, maybe 2 feet of it - thank god).

I replied back that, had he been behind me he likely would have said nothing! HA...

By the way, launching the spinnaker with no sock solo is a PITA, just saying.
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Re: What a dumbass!

LOL, was just talking about how I tend to start the engine while still in reverse and end up sailing with the motor idling backwards while I start to take down the sails.
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Re: What a dumbass!

Says so much about your nice engine though. I need an aircraft carrier flight deck quality ear muffs to ignore my motor noise...
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Re: What a dumbass!

How much was performance was hurt....knots, boat control? I have but my boat in reverse by accident and it will slow the boat and kick the stern to port as well. Just curious.

I'd have over 2000 posts if I made a post for every dumbass move I made sailing....If my wife made a post for every time she thought I was a dumbass she'd have 10,000 posts
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Re: What a dumbass!

That's a hell of a way to test your nephews on helmsmanship! Admit it... You were "instructing"!!! Well, that's the story that I would use anyway...
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Re: What a dumbass!

Funny story flyingwelshman. Made me laugh. thanks!
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Thanks for sharing. It is nice to get the occasional affirmation that I am not the only one out there.
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