I went day sailing on a friend's Kettenberg-32. It's part of my plan to see what it's like sailing on other peoples' boats
. My conclusions are mixed.
In the first place, it confirms what I've always said in these pages: any day you go sailing, no matter how briefly, lengthens your life by two days. At the end of the afternoon, I felt very refreshed.
OTOH, day sailing is not racing. In day-sailing like I went on, you have not set course or destination. When you have no destination, any breeze from whatever angle is a favorable breeze. Any speed attained is equally satisfying. There is no drama with mark roundings or crossing tacks. Without the stimulus of competition, I do not experience any sense of mastery of sailing as an art.
Whatever, being out on the water sure beats burning up hours stewing over alternative line-ups in my Rotisserie League.