I gotta say - you guys are nailing what BFS is all about in my opinion. The more I learn about big weather sailing, the more I realize its dangers and challenges. No doubt about that at all. It's pretty sobering stuff.
At the same time, it does not diminish my DESIRE to go for Big Freakin' Sails like your run of the mill adrenaline-junkie sailor. It is, after all, the adventuresome side of sailing that drew many of us to the craft in the first place.
I like both
. There's something to be said for 10kts, flat seas "won't spill your beer off the rail" sailing just like BFS's. Many people can't imagine an activity you can do both for adventure and to relax, though. Just show what they're missing in my book.
It just means that, like in any activity with a high degree of inherent danger, you have learn, prepare, and plan as much as you possibly can before lighting the fuse - AND avoid that particular "thing" that will do you in. I'd say that's what we're all trying to do around here.
Yup. And being mentally prepared, both to make the correct strategic decisions to avoid trouble as well as tactically how we stay calm and handle the dangers when they do arise.
I was reading a huge (>100) list of accounts of MOB incidents a couple of days ago and it cites several instances where the still-aboard crew panicked, froze up, or had no idea what the correct thing to do was, losing critical time and frequently costing a life.
I've lived with myself through a lot of difficult things, but I don't know if costing someone their life when I could have been prepared and wasn't would be one of them.
Okay, being in a freakin' lake, I still haven't seen green water - and am sure I'll wet myself the first time I do. But hey, whaddayagonnado?
So Green Water == Yellow Water?
At least the yellow water will be warm.