Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Afloat for the First Time in 2011!

Nothing much to write home about. It was a 5.82 nautical mile contest in 2.5 knot (tops) lasting four hours. 24 boats in a mixed-fleet, pursuit race with reversed starts based upon PHRF handicaps. The only interest to me: Good Guys were in one of six Harbor-20's.

Lousy start on my part. The usual explanation holds: I still feel new to this fleet and, not having sorted out aggressiveness on the starting line, did not want to risk being pushed over early in a wind lighter than the current. At first the weather mark we were about last. Not having a 3rd hand aboard, the spinnaker was not an issue. Wing-and-winging it, we set off DDW. Two of the H-20's were also not an issue, as they were already out of reach, visible only on the horizon. We duked it out down the first 'run' in the shifty zephyrs and found ourselves contesting for 3rd place among the H-20's. And so it went back and forth up the 2nd weather leg. A guy from another boat called it the "whether leg", appropriately. Overlapped at the end, we had to round in fourth place. However we played our don't-follow-the-leader-card and made some good and lucky decisions that allowed us to look back and photograph before finishing drifting across in 3rd place. In the 24-boat fleet, we finished 12th, ten boats having dropped. What really made my day is my friend, a good sailor in a Merit-25, finished behind us.

Like I said: not much to say for it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Message to Those Hiding Behind the 2nd Amendment

Get your guns off our streets!
All those in favor of the rights of unregulated militias to bear arms should get in line to wash innocent blood from their hands...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


All of my adult life I have wanted to grab short morning sails when the water seems to be so gloriously blue and virgin-ly clear; I can remember doing so only once or twice on a lake in my Laser. It would be the best way to start any new day; and it would be a great goal for the new year.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Time to Turn the Annual Page

2010 is so over. For a number of reasons, personal and political, I'm not regretting its passing. But before tossing yesteryear's calendar into the circular file, I just had to save a couple of unremarkable images.

These shots are unremarkable except for their containing images of the craft which bore her crew through 40-plus races during this past year. The Good Guys did well but not as well as in previous years. But the point is that we were buoyant.