It seems to me that you are attributing feelings to the participants without evidence in just the same way as we often hear 'He's got a blue ensign, he thinks he's too good to mix with the likes of us'.
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Thread: Unfriendly Sailors?
08-04-12, 11:05 #41One hull good, two hulls better.
08-04-12, 11:33 #42
I can only assume that you get your fun from inventing posts from others. What exactly do you not understand:
They sometimes think they are superior
I speak from personal experience.
I would not dream of thinking a blue ensign or a large yacht was superior to me or to anybody else. I used to fly a blue ensign and know many large yachts. I am saddened that you would think in this way.
I am very glad that your strong wind story in Las Palmas had a happy ending and I would assume that, having done the passages from their homes most of the ARC participants were good and competent sailors. Sadly as in all walks of life not all are so blessed. I would assume that any responsible seaman would help those in trouble on the sea. Indeed it is a requirement.If you sail by the lee, eventually you will gybe.
08-04-12, 12:16 #43
I was in Denia on the Spanish coast in 2010, a smart marina and some really nice boats in there at the time. They put me on a pontoon opposite an immaculate classic French registered Yawl. Gleaming bright work, polished brass deck vents and a cream coloured cockpit awning with fancy side curtains neatly rolled up.
A lady was laying the cockpit table for a meal, different size wine glasses, silver ware, table cloth, the whole shootin' match. There was a girl of about 12 and a little lad about 5 with her, both well scrubbed and neatly dressed.
As a single hander sometimes I forget to eat if I'm busy and having just come in from sea I realised I was starving but low on stores. Check the galley locker..2 eggs, bread and butter, small tin ring pull top baked beans and in the 12 volt cooler box a couple of pre-cooked sausages...That'll do..
Using all my culinary skills I bashed the eggs up in a frying pan, buttered some bread and made a big mug of tea. Deciding to save the washing up I thought I'd eat the eggs from the frying pan, so I climbed out into my cockpit with a frying pan in one hand, still sizzling..a mug in the other with the bread balanced on top. I had a fork in my mouth with 2 sausages speared on it and the tin of beans down inside my 'T' shirt.
I sat down and looked up..3 pairs of eyes watched me..silence..the girl clung to her mother, the little boy grinned at me. I started to eat the sausages from the fork and the 'omelette' from the frying pan..still they watched..eyes wide in horror..then the woman said something.
A small Frenchman complete with thin curly moustache appeared from the Yawl's galley and glared at me...
I reached into my 'T' shirt, took out the beans and pulling the lid off took a fork full. The girl gasped "Mama!" and clutched her mother, the little lad went into a fit of laughter as the man leapt into the cockpit and with a dramatic flourish loosed the cockpit side curtains which unrolled and the horror struck French folk disappeared from my view. A second later the little boys head re appeared smiling under the curtain but he was promptly dragged back to civilisation in the French cockpit..
I bet they tell tales of the ruffian who berthed opposite them..
08-04-12, 13:41 #44
Whilst at anchor, rummaging around for lunch, I found a stale slice of bread in the galley.
ahh the fish can have this, so I went into the cockpit and threw it over the side.frisbee style.
I underestimated the aerodynamics of the bread plus the wind blowing, and it glided about 40 yards into the cockpit and down the hatch of another boat...
Oh bugger...I dive back into the saloon and peered out to see a big fella head stick out..
not looking to happy....
08-04-12, 14:32 #45
Certainly initially it would be natural for people in a new and challenging environment to be shy. I also understand the staff's focus on inward-looking team-building but I do think it a shame that there's apparently nothing in the curriculum about being part of a wider community
Last edited by laika; 08-04-12 at 14:41. Reason: Quote the original quote
08-04-12, 15:11 #46
08-04-12, 15:27 #47Registered User
Location : Faro based
- Join Date
- Oct 2010
Some? of those who fly the white seem to hold themselves even higher in the pecking order. We were having a hell of a job getting alongside in Bourgenay one time, with the wind blowing us off. The crews (aged hooray Henries) of 3 boats flying whites just sat there watching and not one offered to take a line.
08-04-12, 15:28 #48
08-04-12, 16:13 #49
Mon Dieu!! Lakey..You flash Froggie .....
08-04-12, 16:24 #50
we fly the only true blue......NewZealand flag, that really confuses most folk.