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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Every summer I take a lot of nubies sailing and you can tell the folks that get it right away...my daughter used to use the " lets go sailing with my dad" as a test/ fact finding trip...the man that she is with now came sailing with us 2 years ago and had never been on a sail boat...now he has his own Santana 525 and is race chair of our yacht club...I remember how I felt after the first 10 min sailing...ya gotta be a idiot not to love this....
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

One has a weekend to go out on the boat. Plan a trip to destination X for the night, and return to port the next day. Saturday dawns, no or too little wind. Stay at the dock, motor away from the dock and sit, or motor until the wind picks up, or, if it doesn't pick up, you reach your destination and hope for wind on the return?

When I'm cruising, I prefer to sail. I don't though, have any interest in just floating in the same spot all day.

Yes, sailing is special. So is hiking or cross-country skiing the Alaska backwoods, or canoeing a river where towns are days apart. Different things appeal to different people. Seems a bit harsh to call someone a moron, just cause they find their enjoyment a different way.

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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

I still remember my first time ever on a sailing boat and having the helmsman tell me to grab than line and pull it in. Oh my, now that was a gotcha moment as she healed over and took off.

PB .... on a windless weekend we simply motor to our favourite anchorage and spend the time "floating in one spot". As much as I love sailing I equally love just doing the water rat thing. (then again if you meant lying becalmed in any kind of swell with the boom crashing and the sails slatting then oh yes, that is misery beyond description.)
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

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As my aging youngest son, John (29, Yikes!) reminds me from time to time when I am expressing my exasperation about the stupids that surround us, "Dad, remember, half of the people are below average!" Yikes!

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Only on a perfect bell curve. In reality, high performers (athletes, academics, compensation, etc) are usually much further above the median (middle) than low performers are below it.

It means that more than half the people are below average! Explains the entire powerboating industry.


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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Fuzzy - I'm all for floating in one spot at my destination (or suitable alternative). I was referring to not floating in one spot in the middle of the trip.

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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

I think I can categorically state that sailing is better than floating in one spot. If one likes to float in one spot instead of sail, one's a freakin' moron.

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Seems a bit harsh to call someone a moron, just cause they find their enjoyment a different way.
Actually, if you think about it, it's extremely kind-hearted. This thread is directly targeted at newbs...so that they'll know how to avoid being a freakin' moron.

It would be cruel not to give them some guidance. I couldn't live with myself.


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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Ya think maybe they come here because they're into hang-gliding?

If there's no wind, ya can't sail, so ya either float in one spot, or motor along to where you're going.

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Smack has provided a public service announcement!

I would add that maybe its not about intelligence - idiot, moron, imbecile - but maybe, just maybe, its about spirit/soul. You gotta feel it! You can't think your way through this.

Just to be clear, I don't mean this is a religious way, unless your higher power, like mine, is 12-15 kts on a sunny day.
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should we have a two boat limit so more time will be spent sailing? Is working on them sailing also lol? Regards, Lou
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Lousy video, but I think it gets the message across........


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