For what it's worth, sailing sometimes scares the hell out of me.I'll jot down some of my own ideas on the topic in another post, but how would you respond to this question?
High winds, hard unstable craft, soft body, and a high propensity to land upside down in an environment for which evolution has yet to prepare me adequately.
We've all read the blogs " What a pussy, didn't put the spinnaker up in 35 Knots of wind ".
We all want to be on that perfect reach. Slicing through the water. Spray and hoots of joy or maniacal laughter, in the air.
But how do we get out there when the sky is slate gray, the wind howling and the water colder than an Scandinavian Fjord at Christmas?
How do we avoid going from full rig to radial to standing at the waters edge wishing for our slippers and an open fire?
The psychology of sailing is vital to our performance. For a start, we have to have the courage to be on the water to compete in the first place. But then there are the other aspects. From, should I tack round a mark of gybe? If I gybe without full confidence what will be the result? To, can I really ask the club champ for water when it was only by a fluky 180 degree wind shift that allowed me to see him close for the first time ever.
The f # # # word is often heard on the water but rarely talked about in the club.
So what techniques do you and the people who read this blog use to overcome what is perhaps one of the most fundamental aspects of sailing, for me anyway?
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I received an interesting email a few weeks back suggesting that I write a post on the issue of fear of sailing. Here's what my correspondent had to say...