Thursday, March 07, 2013
Every dinghy sailor knows that they have an upper limit on the wind strength in which they are comfortable sailing.
For some it might be 18 knots; for others it could be 35 knots.
What goes through your head on a day when you go down to the bay and it appears to be blowing harder than that limit?
What do you say yourself to get you in the mood to go sailing?
How important is what other sailors say to your decision to sail or not?
Do you want other people to encourage you go out and test yourself against your limits or to encourage you to give into your fears?
Do men and women have different approaches to this issue? Is there a testosterone factor?
How important is peer pressure?
Do you want to be the guy who says, "It looks great out there. I'm going sailing. Who's coming with me?"
Or are you more likely to be the sailor who asks him, "Are you crazy?"
Does it make a difference whether this is a race day, a training day, or just a fun sailing day?
Do you think about the last time you had a bad day from sailing in too much wind, or about how much you will regret it tomorrow if you don't sail today?
Do you think about how hard it will be if you test your heavy air limits, or about how you might learn something about sailing in windy conditions?
What's stopping you from going sailing in these crazy winds - your lack of heavy weather skills, or your mental attitude?
If it's a skill deficiency, how are you going to ever improve if you don't go sailing today?
It it's mental attitude, how can you change your attitude?