Once again there’s been a long pause between blogs
I didn’t stop sailing. I just sailed another boat.
RS300’s don’t like it if you sail other boats. Being the prettiest boat in the fleet you wouldn’t expect the RS300 to be insecure or jealous but they are highly strung creatures who react badly to being neglected or overlooked.
So my flirtation with the more sedate but much more competitive “Snoopy” (an OK dinghy) is temporarily on hold while I re-establish the relationship with the RS300.
What can we look forward to over the next few months?
The only sporting silverware I will receive between now and next summer will be running medals (for completing races, not winning them, I hasten to add)
Having taken the OK dinghy home, my brother and the Finn fleet will hopefully stop whining about my boat having an unfair handicap.
To prevent me having an unfair handicap in my RS300, courses will now consist of upwind / downwind legs only with no reaches.
I will no longer suffer the stress and anxiety of having high expectations in terms of results.
I will now suffer stress and anxiety through the fear of looking stupid, drowning or physical injury.
Although I will often be in company with the Finn fleet I am too busy dealing with boat-handling and survival issues to notice – or even care – about flagrant breaches of rule 42.
In return for my lack of attention to rule 42, I would like other sailors to be aware of rule 23 as this now specifically applies to me and it will crop up from time to time:
23: CAPSIZED, ANCHORED OR AGROUND; RESCUING
If possible, a boat shall avoid a boat that is capsized or has not regained control after capsizing, is anchored or aground, or is trying to help a person or vessel in danger. A boat is capsized when her masthead is in the water
So here's looking forwards to an eventful and incompetent winter's sailing.
Take care everybody :)