They say you can learn how to sail in an afternoon but it takes a lifetime to master it. So... although we spent all last sailing season out on the water, I'm still nervous about entering a race next weekend.
You see, we tried racing near the end of the season last Fall, and it didn't go so well for us. In fact, it was abysmal. Truly abysmal! It's not that we were capsized and went belly-up in the water, or over-powered by winds that knocked us down and ripped our sails. We didn't have to frantically bail out the cockpit as giant waves spilled over the deck, and I wasn't dragged overboard by ropes twisted around my ankles and left to twist and drown as I was towed (unnoticed) behind the boat.
No. Our misadventure was of a different nature. They say a picture's worth a thousand words, so maybe I can best explain it that way. Here's an action shot of Dan & I taken during our first race:
Can you see the excitement? The high drama? The adrenalin rush? No? (I think I was actually reading a book)
In our defense, there was very little wind. But still...the other boats managed to finish the race before we even rounded the first of 4 marks! Absolutely abysmal!!
So...what do you like to do for fun?