66 is almost two thirds of 100. Two thirds of the way to my target of 100 days of Laser sailing in 2008. Unfortunately September 17th, the date of my 66th sail this year, is a bit more than two thirds of the way through the year.
Worse than that. My rough plan for achieving 100 days of sailing in the year was 20 days in Jan/Feb/Mar, 60 days in the warmer months of April through September, then another 20 days in Oct/Nov/Dec. It hasn't gone exactly to plan. By mid-September I should have been at around 75 days, not 66.
Where did I slip up? I started the year OK. Thanks to travel to the Dominican Republic, Australia and Florida I did sail 18 days (against a target of 20) in the first 3 months of the year. And I did sail precisely the target 10 days a month in each of May, June, July and August. It was April (and probably September) where I fell sadly short of the target.
So what have I learned?
- 100 is a hell of a lot of days to sail in one year
- I like Laser sailing a lot but it does seem that 10 days in any one month is just about enough to satisfy my addiction
- April in Rhode Island is a lot colder than I had imagined it would be
- I am a wimp
- What's so important about 100 days anyway?
Look on the bright side. Life is good. I get to sail a lot by any standards. Being retired I get to sail on the days of the week when conditions are just right. And that may be the reason why I may not reach 100. To achieve 100 days I will have to sail on days when conditions are not "just right". On days when there is hardly any wind, or way too much wind, or when it's raining.
I sail for pleasure not to to achieve some arbitrary target I set myself.
But still, it would feel good to make it to 100...