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Sailing, day 1 [Apr. 3rd, 2010|04:41 pm]
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So, first sailing lessons today (at a marina close to my house, so I even got to sleep in). Basically, everything went perfectly for me: didn't fall in the water; no WTF moments; got in quite a lot of actual sailing around in the afternoon.

A guy I was on the boat with did fall in the water, arguably through my inaction. We were rolling the sail at about 3:30 (class was 10am to 4pm), and the boom started to swing, and if I'd noticed what was about to happen fast enough, I could have grabbed it. Ah, well. I guess he learned my lesson.
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[User Picture]From: seawasp
2010-04-03 09:17 pm (UTC)

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Reminds me of one of my favorite lines in the (probably never to be actually published) novel Polychrome I wrote a while back, when a monster is confronting the hero in a boat with the sail currently tied in place, the hero asks "do you know what they call that part of the boat?", and the monster -- unfamiliar with boats -- says, puzzled, "No..."

And the hero yanks the knot that's holding it in place free. "Boom."