Wednesday, March 20, 2013


On Sunday I went for my tenth Laser sail of the year.

It was blowing around 12-20 knots and it was frigging cold.

At first my face and fingers were cold.

I thought my face might drop off.

Then my face and fingers went numb.

That's better, right?

There were just over 20 Lasers racing.

I sailed pretty average but not terrible.

Made the top 10 in a couple of races.

Some decent starts, some mediocre starts.

Some decent mark roundings, some major screw-ups at mark roundings.

You can lose a lot of boats if you don't lay the windward mark.

But I was working hard and sailing as well as I could all afternoon.

My finish overall was in the top half of the fleet, which is always gratifying in a fleet this strong.

I was pleased that I could keep sailing hard for all seven races without feeling too tired or getting cramps or my fingers falling off or my face falling off.

It gave me a lot of confidence that I will go into the coming season with a much better level of fitness than I did last year.

This post is sponsored by the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association.

Mrs. John Derek likes Andalusian horses.

She was in a movie called 10 back in the 1970's.

I remember it.

For some reason.

That's a picture at Mrs. Derek the top of this post.

Hey, if I don't get to my 43rd sail this year, at least you had some eye candy.


Baydog said...

You done good, dude. Way better than I would've. And if by chance you don't reach 43, my cousin and I will never forget that image.

Tillerman said...

I aim to please.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

She's not a 10. I live with a Ten. I would know.

Tillerman said...

Quite right Doc. In the movie, the character played by Mrs. Derek was not a 10; she was given 11 (on a scale from 1 to 10.)

Tillerwoman, by the way, is a 12.

bonnie said...

What bugs me a bit is that I bet if I showed this picture to people in my office, three-quarters of them would have no idea who that is.

Tillerman said...

Well she was pretty much a one-hit wonder.

She won a Golden Globe nomination for Best New Actress for Ten, but after that she won a bunch of Golden Raspberry awards for Worst Actress in various not very well-known films, and in 2000 was even nominated for the Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress of the Century (eventually losing out to Madonna.)

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Congratulations, Skipper. Still, there are only two degrees of separation between a 10 and a 12. Okay living with a 12, I guess. But I wouldn't race with one aboard. Borrowed a 12 for crew one afternoon. Bad idea. Finished DFL. Couldn't concentrate on my sailing because I was concentrating too hard on not looking at her.

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