Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pot Meet Kettle

We've had some fun here from time to time, at the expense of Dr. Stuart Walker, by criticizing his somewhat convoluted and turgid prose style in such posts as Unlocking the Mysterious Words of Walker and Lake Winds.

So I was amused to read the recent Chesapeake Racer Profile of Dr. Walker including an interview in which he was asked...

Do you have any sailing pet peeves?

Walker's answer had me rolling on the floor laughing...
The racing rules. To use fewer words, they keep making them more complicated. They were simpler 15 years ago before they simplified them.

Geeze! If the master of the interminable sentence and the deeply nested parenthetical clause and the triple negative finds the Racing Rules too complicated, what chance is there for the rest of us?

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