Been out sailing the last two days. Got strong armed into being part of a racing crew in a 30 footer. Spent 10 hours on the foredeck pulling ropes and battling with spinnakers, poles and guys.
One incident sticks in my mind.
We were bowling along nicely at about 5kts when a 60 foot mobo approaches. He was doing maybe 25kts - but passed at least 250 yards abeam.
To my utter amazement, my co-foredeck-hand leaps up and rushes to the side of the boat and starts shouting abuse and waving his hat wildly at the Mobo. (Who, thankfully, totally ignored him).
When he returned to the foredeck, I asked him in my most sarcastic voice if he felt better after his outburst. He replied in total sincerity that he did and failed to even spot the sarcasm.
And the Mobos crime was of course three things:-
a) Being a big Mobo
b) Being within a mile of us
c) Having a wash
With our 5 knot way on - we fairly rushed through his wake and it probably only deprived us of a tenth of knot boat speed.
I made a mental note to never crew with the guy again, life is just too short and I like to enjoy my boating whether it be under sail or power............