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Another first for me today

We had a great family sail today. Best wind conditions so far, in our first season as boat owners. My two boys, 8 and 10, are learning the ropes and are still enthusiastic about their duties. Plus we anchored and went fishing, and they both caught their first fish ever. We ended up bringing home 18 spot...probably got a little carried away.

On the way back I lost my very first winch handle. I had left it in the mast winch after raising the main, and the jib caught on it while coming about. When I went forward to clear it, the handle came out and did the old familiar trajectory: one bounce on the deck and one plop in the water. Funny how that works so predictably. That got me to thinking: I wonder how many winch handles are laying on the bottom of the Chesapeake?

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We had a great family sail today. Best wind conditions so far, in our first season as boat owners. My two boys, 8 and 10, are learning the ropes and are still enthusiastic about their duties. Plus we anchored and went fishing, and they both caught their first fish ever. We ended up bringing home 18 spot...probably got a little carried away.

On the way back I lost my very first winch handle. I had left it in the mast winch after raising the main, and the jib caught on it while coming about. When I went forward to clear it, the handle came out and did the old familiar trajectory: one bounce on the deck and one plop in the water. Funny how that works so predictably. That got me to thinking: I wonder how many winch handles are laying on the bottom of the Chesapeake?

Cheers everyone...

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We didn't loose a winch, but a grill went overboard in the Chesapeake. heart breaking as we were just about to make lunch.

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well, it will meet my winch handle in Haro Strait near the San Juan Island on the west coast. It's been there for a few months now but i take comfort that it will be useful for barnacles and other lifeforms to hang on to... ;-)

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Winch handles, that one sock that escaped the dryer, various critical fasteners, keys and contact lenses - all living somewhere together in perfect harmony... far from planet earth..
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I like to think that somewhere in my marina is a fish wearing my sunglasses.
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Losing a winch handle is a right of passage. Like losing your virginity, or, a cell phone.

errr... lets hope one does not lose their virginity overboard.
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Early on when learning to sail, I chartered a boat with some friends, knowing that I was still pretty new but with some certs, classes, and academic knowledge, but not many sea hours. I was happy to have a friend on board who had been sailing a couple of years longer than I, and who had been though the same sailing courses I had recently completed.

I noticed that he tended to use the winch handle on the jib sheets when he shouldn't have needed to if he had timed pulling them in as the sail passed over the deck, but I respected his seniority, despite my being the "skipper" of the charter. I, too gently, made a reference to the winch being the "penalty stick" for a poorly times tack. The gentle reminder sorta bounced of him, and I didn't feel like going all "type A" and telling him how to sheet in the jib when he had been going it longer than I had, by years. No one wants a green graduate to tell relatively old timers how to do simple things, right? I had much to learn.

Then I noticed he was just leaving the winch handle in place since he was going to need to use it for _every_ tack... Just as I was about to get formal with him and tell him that we were both taught not to do that, a line snagged the handle and sent it overboard...

It was a lesson in realizing that while I should respect experience, I needed to recognize that experience does not necessarily grant skill. Even with that knowledge it took a couple more of his complete eff-ups to realize that my friend must have been lucky to get certified... I wouldn't hold the lost winch handle against my friend, but I learned not to trust his experience over my own. I also have some friends with less coursework, but a much greater knowledge of sailing and good habits..
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Mine floats. Made for a great impromptu MOB drill once!

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My trusty Tilley hat went overboard in a windy and choppy day on the bay. By the time I turned around, I couldn't find it... I'm sure it was floating for quite a while...
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