I'm beginning to believe that he or she may be correct. In my profile over there on the sidebar I wrote that, "Even though I am rapidly approaching 60 years of age, I suffer under the delusion that it is not too late to discover how to sail smarter and faster." It was meant to be a joke. But maybe it really is a delusion?
This weekend I sailed in the Saltmarsh Trophy also known as the Championship of Buzzard’s Bay. I had high hopes of a decent result. After all in the last few months I have...
- attended a racing clinic in the Dominican Republic
- attended a racing clinic in Florida
- raced in the Laser Masters World Championship in Australia
- raced in the Caribbean Midwinters
- raced in a couple of local regattas
- practiced on my own 16 times in the last couple of months
- sailed 37 days this year.
But every day on the water is a learning experience, right? So what did I learn?
- Solo practice does nothing for your boatspeed.
- Beer and pizza and hanging out with friends after racing is often more fun than the racing. Actually it's usually more fun than the racing these days.
- I believe I may be delusional.
Oh yeah, there was one other important lesson. After racing I was chatting with a bunch of other Masters sailors and someone mentioned the sudden death last week of Tim Russert at the age of 58. Everyone in the group was around that age or older. After we all agreed how shocking and sad the news was the oldest guy in the group said, "And you know what the lesson is? Sail as much as possible while you still can."