did you have to scull over the the other side? that seems like a bit of a bummer every time you go sailing. Could a laser be fitted with an outboard bracket?Great question Edward.
First of all let me say that that lake has produced some of the best Sunfish sailors in the world. (We mainly sailed Sunfish there.) There's something about little lakes with challenging shifts and patchy winds that seems to develop the talents (in some people) to eek every fraction of a knot of speed from the boat, to read wind conditions with a sixth-sense-like intuition, and to know instantly how to to deal with every tactical situation that can come up in crowded starts and mark roundings. Unfortunately I was not one of the people who ever acquired those particular talents.
Secondly you learned that no matter how still the water looks there is almost always some wind. Maybe not much. But if you have some sensitive wind indicators made out of cassette tape maybe, heel the boat to leeward to help the boom stay out, and stay absolutely still for eons... .... ..... the boat will slowly, slowly, slowly ... .... ..... yes actually accelerate to a tenth of a knot. Many is the time the fleet has inched its way around the course like that. As a result, even though I am a fairly big guy, I do seem to be able to keep a boat moving in light airs and flat water in conditions that will defeat sailors who haven't had the "benefit" of training and racing on a lake like that.
Thirdly... I always took a paddle.