SPLASHED: In Early May! First Time Ever
Yacht owners from around here write posts with titles like that. No self-respecting New England Laser sailor would. Surely?
Charles Doane explained the problem facing the poor yacht owner in a post with that title on his Wave Train blog.
Every spring I've launched a cruising sailboat in New England, I always swear I'll be afloat as early as possible in May. But something always happens--endless varnishing projects (back when I had boats with brightwork), or some awful unforeseen time-consuming repair (most commonly), or simple mission creep (stuff taking much longer than expected)--and usually I'm lucky if the damn boat is in by mid-June.
But Laser sailors don't have to deal with all that boat maintenance shit. That's one reason we are Laser sailors, isn't it?
In any case, Laser sailors sail all year round in New England, don't they? Another reason we are Laser sailors.
Regular readers of this blog might have noticed that I haven't written anything about real Laser sailing for a few months. That's because I haven't done any real Laser sailing for a few months. But on Monday afternoon I took the Laser over to Bristol for a blast around on a wonderfully warm day in a wonderfully brisk southerly breeze that stirred up some wonderfully frigid waves and spray that splashed over my wonderfully surprised face and body.
Splashed! In early May! First time ever! Is this a record? (For lateness of my first sail of the year - not earliness.)
Well, actually no.
For reasons that entirely escape me now, I did go Laser sailing locally a couple of times in January. I even blogged about it at (the ironically titled) First Day of Spring.
And then for reasons that also escape me now, I didn't sail at all in February, March or April.
That's probably a record.
PS. It would have been a great day for an RS Aero demo.