Sunday was an awful day for sailing if ...
You hate driving eighty miles to the yacht club in pouring rain over flooded roads.
You hate racing in torrential rain that seems to get stronger and stronger as the afternoon progresses and that pelts you in the face when you look upwind and splatters all over your glasses so you can't see where you are going.
You hate racing in poor visibility so that you can't even see where the race committee boat is when you leave the shore even though you know it can't be more than half a mile away and at times you can't see the windward mark from the start line.
You hate enduring general recall after general recall in the rain as a bunch of aggressive Laser sailors keep pushing the line in a tide running upwind.
Sunday was an awesome day for sailing if ...
Your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is racing against some of the best sailors in the area who stretch you to sail at your best.
You delight in sailing in 18 knot winds, hiking as hard as you can to drive the boat up and over the waves upwind, then working furiously to catch waves to surf downwind.
You enjoy the fact that the racing is so close that there are places to be gained or lost at every mark rounding and that wherever you are in the fleet there are always at least a couple of boats close enough to compete against right up to the finish line.
You relish riding huge waves that are the best you've ever seen in this location because the wind was blowing at 25 to 35 knots from the east all night long building up waves from the whole length of the sound in the perfect direction for rolling into our inlet.
You just love it when the race committee is expecting to have to call a general recall but, in the last couple of seconds before the start, the line clears with the majority of the fleet over the line and the race officer signals an individual recall and hails that everyone is over except two sail numbers - and you are one of those two boats.
You appreciate the irony in the fact that the rain stops as soon as you arrive back at the shore after racing.
Your idea of a perfect end to a day's sailing is that after you put the boat away and sit around in the clubhouse with your buddies the TV is showing the Yankees game in the Bronx and there the sun is shining and the Yankees are winning 7-1 and Giambi hits two home runs and Randy Johnson would have pitched a no-hitter if it weren't for Tejada getting the Orioles' only hits.