Thanks to everyone who contributed to this month's group writing project Worst Sailing Innovation Ever (WSIE) - especially to those of you participating for the first time. I think I counted 27 entries. Well done!
Six of you selected a particular class of boat or generic design of boat as your WSIE...
- Some_day_sailing doesn't like the J24 with its sleek foredeck.
- SoxSail thinks that the Optimist is the Worst Boat For Learning Sailing Ever!
- Pat from Desert Sea - New Mexico Sailing offers us a rant about Ferro-Cement Boats.
- Paul Cross who writes a blog called Daedalus is an open boat fan so he votes against The Cabin.
- Joe Rouse of the Horse's Mouth chooses The MacGregor 26, because it is a powerboat masquerading as a sailboat.
- And Earwigoagin is not happy about the hype surrounding the concept of the single-handed dinghy with an asymmetric spinnaker.
- The writer of The Boating Bible says that So-called sailboats are the WSIE. He is against sailboats that use engines for "canting keels, water ballast, button-controlled winches etc." He likes a bit of manual exertion when he is racing.
- Adam Turinas from Messing About in Sailboats says that the WSIE is My (his) outboard.
- And I went to the extreme and wrote a rant against the whole concept of Putting an Engine in a Sailboat.
- The Peconic Puffin thinks monofilm is the WSIE.
- Captain Puffy Pants offers a good rant about Cup Holders with Suction Cups.
- Zen of Zen's Sekai II - By Sea asks What is in a name...? which is about why lifelines shouldn't be called lifelines.
- And Chris Partridge, who is a rower, went to the extreme in this category and nominated for WSIE... The Sail. Hmmm.
- Yarg of Apparent Wind has a beef about how we all take club racing series too seriously so he suggests as WSIE the concept of Club Champion.
- Jos of Racing Rules of Sailing - Look to Windward wrote an entry for the project in which he asked his readers which one of the Racing Rules is the Worst Sailing Innovation Ever?
- AlextheLaserSailor nominates Rule 42. Although his real beef seems to be with those coaches of youth sailing who teach Rule 42 badly.
- B.J. Burrows from the Bahamas suggests Automatic Starting Horns as the WSIE.
- And I, trying to be topical, trace all of the current woes with the America's Cup back to The Deed of Gift.
- O Docker doesn't like The Gybe.
- Edward the Superblogger says the WSIE is The Ubiquitous Topsider.
- Captain JP doesn't like the current time-tested phonetic alphabet so he has invented Buff's Phonetic Alphabet.
- And The Bursledon Blogger suggests that "appalling low budget drama, based in the fictional Hampshire sailing community of Tarrant" Howards' Way as his nomination for WSIE.
A couple of people wrote posts with multiple suggestions for WSIE...
- Captain JP has three ideas in Some sailing things that bug me.
- And Pat of Desert Sea - New Mexico Sailing, came up with twenty-one suggestions in Blackjack! A blackguardly bunch -- twenty-one paths to failure.
And finally we had three entries from people who chose things that basically stop us sailing altogether...
- Andrew Sadler who writes SadlerBootwerk is currently ice-bound in the Netherlands so he chooses as his WSIE Ice.
- Carol Anne of Five O'Clock Somewhere nominates Work: The number one cause of people not sailing.
- And David of Never Sea Land nominates Land. It is, after all, the abrupt running out of said medium that causes most sailing wrecks.
Update: Late entry from Beachcomber who has a new blog, Exploding Water. His suggestion for WSIE is yacht club initiation fees. And he has a few other beefs too in What ails sailing in the US?