I don't discuss my member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Thanked 33 Times in 33 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Not quite as dramatic, but a stead fast crew member.
During an overnight 70 mile race I suckered 3 other people to do with me (none of which had raced before) one individual stood out among the rest. Dave was used to sailing his Catalina 25 shoal draft and he was more than happy to do any task I asked of him. Taking the helm, setting a sail, grabbing me something to drink, hiking, grinding, didn't matter, never made one negative comment. He was able to stay up through the entire night, even when the wind died for 2-3 hours and we were moving backwards. Not once did he mention dropping the motor (a lot of the fleet did, forfeiting their race). In the morning old faithful, Dave, is still at the helm surfing down waves in 20kts while the rest of us were trying to catch some shut eye.
We broke the traveler, and he was trying to figure out if the toe rail would hold the mainsheet so we could keep racing. Got news of a 30+kts thunderstorm, and he volunteered to stay at the helm (he brought foul weather gear) and did so to get us all home safe. Not only that, but he replaced the winch handle he dropped at the start before I could order another one. It wasn't even his boat!
I'd be honored just to be rail meet on his boat anytime. Very impressed. Its hard to find people that willingly put themselves either in harms way, or volunteer for the dirty jobs. At least in what some people consider to be the "elitist" world of sailboats.