So I went out over to Bristol on my own on Wednesday afternoon instead.
The weather was superb.
The wind was blowing from the SW at 10-15 knots.
There were waves.
It was sunny.
Perfect weather for Lasering.
So I blasted around on my own for an hour or so, having fun, getting wet, singing crazy songs, just playing, being a kid again.
I hiked hard going upwind for a while and when my legs felt tired I close-reached upwind instead, bouncing off the tops of the waves, having a blast.
When I had gone far enough upwind I went zig-zagging all over the harbor, broad reaching, riding the waves, trying to gybe without losing too much speed, shouting, "Woo Hoo!" every now and again, just having fun.
There were hardly any other boats out on what was a beautiful early fall afternoon. It's after Labor Day. Everyone around here knows you can't go boating after Labor Day.
They must be nuts.
This was the reason I took early retirement - to go sailing on days like this.