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11-21-2010 09:31 AM
Originally Posted by SimonV View Post
Fron the Head: "Ahhh Ohhh............................DAD"
Which can only be followed by...

"Cruising is the art of fixing your boat in exotic places."
11-21-2010 06:02 AM
SimonV Fron the Head: "Ahhh Ohhh............................DAD"
11-21-2010 02:50 AM
svs3 Though perhaps a bit well worn here are a couple of my favorites:

"To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... "cruising" it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

"I've always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?"

Sterling Hayden, Wanderer

The sea teaches you little you need not how much.

Robin Lee Graham, Then Dove
11-20-2010 10:05 PM
daily grog ceremony

The first evening in port after the race the crew was hanging out in the cockpit. The captain came on deck and said a few words about how hard his crew worked, how well we did, how much fun things were, etc, and how we had earned our daily ration. Then he unwrapped the bottle and a few shot glasses and distributed the ration!

The funny thing was that during the race he had hinted that we better work hard in order to earn our grog. We noticed the hints, but didn't really think he was serious about grog. So, it was really cool when he brought out the bottle.

After that, each day of the return trip we anticipated the "ceremony". And, each night in port, the skipper awarded his crew with a ration. In fact, we actually had to resupply before returning to our home port.

If you have anyone aboard that is not of age or avoids alcohol, you can have some other suitable "treat" beverage. My 7 year old son joined us for the last leg of the return trip. Unaccustomed to soda, his ration was one can of root beer. In fact, his ticket aboard was a six pack of root beer.

Fun times. . . .I cannot wait until spring.
11-20-2010 08:16 PM
LakeSuperiorGeezer Aircraft pilots saying: there are old pilots and bold pilots but no old bold pilots. The same could be said for sailors because mother nature has a way of giving a good slap when one gets careless from too much ego.
11-20-2010 07:52 PM
sevennations You can teach someone how to sail, but can't teach them why.
11-20-2010 01:43 PM
Originally Posted by jnorten View Post
My friend, the skipper, gave his crew a "daily ration of the captain's grog" each evening.

The grog, it turns out, was one of his favorite liquors--St. Brendan's Irish Creme. The ration was one shot glass full per crew member each evening. It was ceremonial and the whole thing.
That's a great idea! Can you say more about the ceremony. I'd like to do that same thing on our boat.

11-20-2010 08:19 AM
jnorten "There are good ships and there are wood ships, and ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships and may they always be."

I wish I could claim credit for it, but I cannot. Here is the story:

I crewed this summer for a good friend on a long distance race (The Hook on Lake Michigan). The return cruise took the better part of a week, sailing down the Wisconsin coast. My friend, the skipper, gave his crew a "daily ration of the captain's grog" each evening.

The grog, it turns out, was one of his favorite liquors--St. Brendan's Irish Creme. The ration was one shot glass full per crew member each evening. It was ceremonial and the whole thing. I know, kind of crazy for grown adults, but it was hilarious. Despite everything else going on around us, we spent much time each day in anticipation of our daily ration!

So, after returning home, I looked into this liquor. The above toast came right from the liquor's website. It is easily google-able.
11-20-2010 07:08 AM
jephotog Can't remember the exact quote but someone described the Americas Cup.

"A sport in which multimillion dollar boats that go slower than a marathon runner, takes place offshore where no one can see it, with rules so complicated the participants don't even understand them."

Does anyone know the exact quote or the source?
11-19-2010 09:59 PM
jrd22 "The white caps were like maggots in a festering wound" don't know where I heard/read this, but it stuck with me and comes to mind when it's blowing hard against the current.
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