Just a short story,
A few years ago I was contacted by a woman from the east coast
on one of these forums
, saying she was comming out to visit her brother in Berkley and wanted to take in a sail in San Francisco
while out her..
Had my 30 footer at the Berkley Marina at the time so I spoke up.. A few days later she met me on the dock
and we took the boat out.. To my surprise, she took her place at the base of the mast
looking up at the sails
I had always taken pride in the way my sails
were shaped and how nice and trim everything was while I sailed...Until she showed up................
As she laid there looking up at the sails she asked If I would'nt mind re-trimming to her standards to see if we could get a little more out of the boat..
My reply was go-ahead, and she soon started "Barking" out orders on what to do with the sails....... loosen the outhaul
, adjust the backstay, move the car, tighten up on that lead..................................
And to my sirprise, I was seeing speeds I had never seen on that boat before..
Come to find out, this lady that was barking out the orders on sail trim to me had a long history
on Cup boats and knew what she was talking about.......
What I took with me that day was, number 1, a fast set of sails need not be pretty, and normally are not..
I've taken a fair amount of 1st place trophys sence then and I still have people coment on how sloppy my sails are set... As I Pass Them By.........