she will put you in your place.
This weekend was a busy day at the lake with many families out. We were just sailing around when I noticed a pontoon boat following us. He came up along my starboard side, a safe distance off. I was on a starboard, close reach tack running at 4-5 knts, sails
full and trimmed, the boat balanced with a slight heel, sitting in the high side cat bird seat. with a cold ice tea in hand..all was good.
On the pontoon boat there were 5-6 people people all lined up with cameras. I was watching them over my shoulder and I must admit posing a little.
Just as I was looking really cool a big gust came and heeled us over to about 35 - 40 degrees. The boat turned sharply to weather
, drink went flying as I was stepping on the mainsheet (you Hunter
260 owners know what I mean) to release the main, heading toward the pontoon boat.
The mainsheet released, the gust passed and she fell off and resumed our course well before any danger
. If they were not too scared I bet they got some good pictures of a frantic, not so cool looking sailor. They waved as they drove off.
The admiral gave me that look...followed by my brilliant, red faced response... what?, as she started picking up all the carniege in the cabin
As I said mother nature does not like show offs or maybe I should have been just paying attention to sailing. I swear I heard mother nature laughing.
In retrospect I realizied a lot could have gone really bad and reminded me...once again... to keep a watchful eye on the water
at all times.