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Old 17-05-2014, 06:33   #16
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Re: My worst sailing injury...so far

Back when I was drinking heavily... We couldn't sail that day because of a split fuel line. It was a big marina holiday party, so I got effed up as a moon chicken.

I was transfering the cooler, a large one, now only about half full of ice and cheap beer, to the dock from the cockpit. Some unseen force suddenly made the cooler make a hasty trip toward the water as it was between the boat and dock. I'm a strong guy and holding it tightly so naturally I had no problem keeping pace with it during this downward trip ... That is until my face and the old, splintery dock met.

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So far I believe that my worst injuries have been to my wallet. Tylenol has not seemed to relieve the pain...

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I'm avoiding the worst imaginable by no longer swimming naked mid-Atlantic...
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Old 17-05-2014, 07:13   #19
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I'm avoiding the worst imaginable by no longer swimming naked mid-Atlantic...
Who can name the structure behind the guy's left hand? So we will all know what beach to avoid.

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Old 17-05-2014, 07:39   #20
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Boaty... You got some editing skills !!!

I'll bet all the ladies never suspect your online pictures are photoshopped too.....
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Sigh. I tried racing sailing this season on a crew (I'm usually pretty sedate) and I blew out my knee three days ago while shifting from being rail meat to the cockpit in preparation for a tack. Knee cap dislocation.

There's nothing I can do since I'm trapped on the couch waiting for the swelling to go down!
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Boaty... You got some editing skills !!!

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Damn... you got me Happy...
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You all know that little button on the top of a cap. When wearing the cap it is exactly positioned over the place that was the "soft spot" when you were born. Well, I was crew on a J80 at Key West a number of years ago and we were sailing in an aggressive fleet in some lumpy water....in other words, things were happening fast. At one point the skipper called a tack and as the boom came over the boat lurched and I stood up and that little button smacked squarely into it and drove it hard into my skull. I thought I'd been pole axed and went down on my knees. But that's not my worst accident. My worst accident was about 1/2 hour later when I DID IT AGAIN! Ouch.
When I think about it, thats how the first printing presses operated.
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Well, besides my less than serious declaration of wallet injuries, Ann has reminded me that I managed, whilst chopping onions with a razor-sharp Chinese cleaver, to remove the tip of a finger which had been engaged in holding said onion. Bled a lot, hurt like hell, and being that we were at anchor distant from medical help, gave Ann a chance to play doctor (no, not THAT kind of playing doctor!). A pressure bandage and lots of padding seemed to work ok, and nothing really bad happened, except that I couldn't play the guitar for about six months... it was too tender for fretting.

Oh yes, then there was the time I was doing foredeck on a strange boat. A big gusty windshift required a sudden kite takedown and I foolishly reached around the pole from astern of it and popped the shackle on the guy. The guy was kinda stretched at that time and so, when suddenly relieved, it sprang back violently. Unfortunately my face was in its path. Broke my nose, knocked me out cold and into a heap on the foredeck, but didn't kill me or bust out any teeth... I was lucky considering how stupid I was!

Mitigating info: at the time I was mostly racing singlehanded, and I always unloaded the guy before going forward to strike the chute. I failed to consider that others do things differently. Live and learn...

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Damn... you got me Happy...
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Well, besides my less than serious declaration of wallet injuries, Ann has reminded me that I managed, whilst chopping onions with a razor-sharp Chinese cleaver, to remove the tip of a finger which had been engaged in holding said onion. Bled a lot, hurt like hell, and being that we were at anchor distant from medical help, gave Ann a chance to play doctor (no, not THAT kind of playing doctor!). A pressure bandage and lots of padding seemed to work ok, and nothing really bad happened, except that I couldn't play the guitar for about six months... it was too tender for fretting.

Oh yes, then there was the time I was doing foredeck on a strange boat. A big gusty windshift required a sudden kite takedown and I foolishly reached around the pole from astern of it and popped the shackle on the guy. The guy was kinda stretched at that time and so, when suddenly relieved, it sprang back violently. Unfortunately my face was in its path. Broke my nose, knocked me out cold and into a heap on the foredeck, but didn't kill me or bust out any teeth... I was lucky considering how stupid I was!

Mitigating info: at the time I was mostly racing singlehanded, and I always unloaded the guy before going forward to strike the chute. I failed to consider that others do things differently. Live and learn...

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Jim...

This is the thing that scares me the most... Things parting with hardware still attached to the flying ends...

Glad you dodged a serious bullet ...
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Our friend Hoppy managed to break a leg.....

Ironic name......
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Head sliced open by the overhead of the companion way to the engine room. 11 expensive stitches & a permanent smile. You really bleed like heck from your scalp.

I try to get everyone aboard to wear shoes on deck, inflatable or other lifejacket, gloves for line handling.
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The man who bought my previous boat; 26 balboa fell off companionway step (only two of them) unable to get up. He severly damaged artery in leg which led to kidney failure and death in icu week or so later. It never occurwd to me how bad a fall could be.

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Re: My worst sailing injury...so far

Finished breakfast with friends......stepped off of Kewalo, our Bayfield 29C onto the floating dock.......

Broken fib, broken tib, complete dislocation of left foot. Yippee

One year later, to the day.....surgery again, to remove the "loose screw" that was working it's way out of my ankle..... and the remainder of the hardware that could be removed...still have some

Now, 8 months later....I have retired, we're searching for a larger sailboat, and prepping to sail off into the sunset.

Moral of the story: Never step off a boat completely, totally sober

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