JUST REMEMBER YOU ASKED FOR IT SARA
Originally Posted by sarafina
I REALLY want to hear Greenhorns version... POOR slob...
After all HE was the "Guest" of the skipper
A-D-D invited me to go sailing with him one day after we both had toooo many rum
and cokes at the bar. He impressed me with his stories of the sea. he came across as a captain
who knew what he was doing My impression was that people would shutter under his bellowing voice. he seemed to have very keen eye sight as he was showing me a chart with the racing
bouys on it pointing out rock ledges under the water
and such. BOY was I impressed
Here I was with a very famous captain that had taken a liking to me. I was going to do anything I could to prove that I had what it takes to become a sailer like him.
I arrived a little early to the boat to make a good impression. I started looking around the deck
trying to find were all these ropes go. Boy there were lots of them. I look up and see Captain ADD strolling down the ramp
. Boy what a sight he was. In perfect sailing attire, hat, cloths fit him perfectly. All tailored made. Designer
sailing glass made just for him. What I sight to see. I knew right then i would have to make a really good impression.
Once onboard he started the engine
with one efficient pull. You should have heard that engine
roar. I knew than the if the wind
died down that engine could get us home.
Well,, me being new I thought that when the engine started it was some-kind of signal to put up the main sail. i yank the main up in only a few short pulls. Unfortunately in my excitement I must have had super human strength as I broke one of the blocks on the mast
. that thing exploded all around me. Boy, did that get the captain mad. But being the understanding captain he is he just asked me to get him a beer
. I felt lucky after all that damage I thought that he was going to keelhaul me. After getting him a beer
he just winked at me. Most likely he had done something similar when he was just starting out. What a legend he is.
getting out of the dock was interesting. Captain ADD showed us all how to use the main sail and the engine at the same time. He made it look so easy. I knew I was going to learn lots on this sail. I chose the right captain or,,,,maybe he chose me.
Once on the lake Captain ADD explained to me he likes to give the other sailors a head
start as he felt that with his sailing skills it was an unfair advantage so he liked to give them a little head
start and catch up then pass them.
I hoped the other people on the boat were learning
as much as I was. When going past the committee boat they even waved at Captain ADD. They must have lots of respect for him as they were all shouting and waving like they loved him. Even put up a couple of flags
I do have to say that the inside of the boat needed a good cleaning
but I guess that is the way sailors live. I was looking forward to this type of life. Beer cans all over the place, messy bed
and such. My kind of lifestyle.
It seems that the other crew did not take kindly to the sailing abilities of Captain ADD as they always seem to be making mistakes
and did not want to listen to him. What idiots I thought.
When I asked what would happen if the boat started to sink Captain ADD started telling about his skills in stopping the leak and sailing the boat home from the atlantic half filled with water
listing 20 degrees to port.
It seemed a new crew member
did not listen to him when he said hard to starboard and went to port instead causing lots of damage.
Toward the end of the day Captain ADD noticed that I was getting a little pale in the face and decided to call the race
off on my behalf and head home at top speed. He made a beeline right to the dock. Just looking after his crew he said.
Too bad the other crew members did not listen to the captain, I think they were under the impression that they new more they Captain ADD but I do not think that is possible. He had been sailing all his life.
Captain ADD offered to buy beers and burgers for everyone but the other 2 ran off. I spent the evening at the bar listening to Captain ADD's stories and advice on how to get into sailing and what boat to buy. I felt lucky that I had run across him. If only the other crew member
could have open there minds and not thought they new it all they could have learned lots from this old see dog.
Thanks Captain ADD, looking forward to sailing with you again. I will sail with you anywhere anytime.