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Old 06-11-2005, 11:47   #31
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Sean, you must be blessed with constant wind and very calm'ish waters. It would be rare to have such exacting conditions in most locations. Remember, it is a safety feature agains ACCIDENTAL gybe. It's just those rare occasions that it could happen. And if it does, then yes as you have suggested, it can be dangerouse and result in being very damaging. It may never happen to you on 99.9% of the times, but it's that 0.1% time that tends to be used by Ole Murphy 99% of the time, mostly when you least expect it, that you have to prepare for.
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Old 06-11-2005, 12:59   #32
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Sean, I'm not picking any fights with anyone. I'm laughing at being reminded of my own tangled mistakes (including a couple of crashing gybes during my learning curve/dinghy sailing days, one of which sent me swimming when I ducked toward what would presently become the leeward rail to avoid being brained by a spruce boom that was in a big hurry to get downwind). That, and in general the human propensity for us to talk a better game afterwards than we play away from the dock.

Knowing a certain event is undesirable does not mean we can always avoid the occurence of that event. If you've found some talisman that covers the gap of human imperfection that exists between the solid footing of careful planning and prudent seamanship, please tell me where to find one for myself, because I certainly need such a charm.

I don't know which smiley is appropriate here, but it should communicate the idea of self-deprecating humor.

I can only rely on experience that distills wisdom in tiny drops over time. Thus I'm doomed to continue making mistakes. But because I fear I will never live long enough to eliminate them all, the best I can hope for is not to repeat the same ones over and over.

After all, no one is prefect. . .
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Old 06-11-2005, 16:09   #33
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Think of the preventer as a seatbelt. You never put it on expecting an accident, but it is useless unless it is used.

I have never repeated my mistakes. Fortunately, I make so many new ones that the old ones haven't come back around yet.
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Old 06-11-2005, 20:54   #34
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Hamin'x and CptJeff, both your posts are excellent.
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Vang

In a hard following breeze, under spinnaker, it is often easier to "steer" the boat with the vang than with the tiller/wheel.
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