It is a truth universally acknowledged that the British, if they possibly can, will take a perfectly sensible sport and devise a race:
1) With rules so complex that they are impenetrable to any outsider.
2) Which is so potentially dangerous that, had it been invented today it would be banned.
3) Where there is a clear hierarchy that is very difficult to challenge.
4) That has its own nomenclature and arcane rituals.
5) Where the spectators can drink copious amounts of alcohol in very pleasant surroundings and treat actually watching the racing as an option.
The photo and quotation above - and an example of the quote's truthiness - can be found at Bumps to the Head, on the excellent 'Hear the Boat Sing' blog which, although not about sailing, must be the definitive blog in its own watery sporty niche. I only wish I had the knowledge, the talent and the time to write a blog that is even half as good about sailing.