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Old 15-09-2009, 14:45   #31
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Old 15-09-2009, 15:01   #32
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Old 15-09-2009, 15:54   #33
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Old 15-09-2009, 16:50   #34
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never hit anything bigger than you ....LOL--same as with driving......
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Old 15-09-2009, 17:09   #35
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Old 15-09-2009, 17:52   #36
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Release the sheets!

Taught during our 3 1hr lessons, if you heel too much, either point up or let the sheets out.
Day one, hit with a rare squall line on the Puget Sound, pointed up and knocked down, the mighty Catalina 22 brought herself upright, and bam, knocked down again from the other side, as she slowly self righted I'm pointing up like no one has ever pointed in the history of sail, and one more time 'cause I just can't seem to remember my second option, KNOCK DOWN NUMBER 3.
Oh yeah now I remember, RELEASE THE SHEETS!

side note, if you tell your 5 crew to put on their lifejackets after 3 knockdowns, no one questions your "orders".
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Old 15-09-2009, 17:58   #37
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Learned to sail in a 12' wooden gaff-rigged boat. The first lesson was to accept the fact that when you're 4 miles out and the wind vanishes, it's OK to slip over the side into the water for a pee if you have a girl with you. It's OK for the girl to do the same thing... LOL
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Old 15-09-2009, 18:06   #38
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Old 15-09-2009, 19:01   #39
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Red Sky In Morning, SAILORS WARNING; Red Sky at Night, SAILORS DELIGHT - The former is a good one for newbies to know on early morning watch - especially in the mid latitudes.
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Old 15-09-2009, 19:22   #40
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i also learned boom was not merely a part of the boat at age 7......saw stars and black--wow---DUCK isnt food LOL......spruce is heavy and hits hard......learned on a 36 ft gaff rigged 1903 built sloop....
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Old 15-09-2009, 21:01   #41
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To new people I take out on my boat who are hesitant I tell them.

The Pointy end goes first,

Wind is free,

and sailboats WANT to stay upright.

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tiller towards trouble

and....If you feel more comforatble,,,,here is an inflatable PFD try it on
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My father and I learned to sail together on an old wooden Lightning when I was 15, using the Glenan's manual. In regard to sail trim, we soon learned, "When in doubt, let it out." That was good advice for a pair of novices.
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