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  1. #1
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    Default What scares you most when sailing?

    Serious thread.
    Most things can be dealt with but the thought of a serious onboard medical emergency in heavy seas miles from help scares the bejesus out of me.

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Ooh...err! It's almost all scary!

    Fire. Ships in fog. Injury. Floating objects, be they logs or containers. And so on.

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    I don't think that I have ever been scared for my life while sailing, even if I have had moments of worry. I find it very hard to pluck up courage to go offshore when at home, even though I am as happy as a sandboy when out of sight of land. Since radar, I don't fret about fog. I suppose that being overwhelmed by heavy weather is my worst nightmare, long with unpredictable nasties such as fire.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Smile Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Drama Queen. I bet there is more to be scared about getting to the boat.

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Sea monsters - seriously although I know it's irrational

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Getting it wrong. If it goes pear shaped despite my best endeavours, that's life but I live in constant terror of cocking it up

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Back in the days of JDS. YM announced that more yachtsmen were drowned from the tender between the shore and the boat than were drowned from the parent yacht.

    (It occurs to me that the huge growth in marinas took place just after this news was published!)

    Anyway, I treat my tender with great respect- it always has oars, bailer, buoyancy, an anchor, a torch and a hand held VHF...

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bru View Post
    Getting it wrong. If it goes pear shaped despite my best endeavours, that's life but I live in constant terror of cocking it up
    You and I are probably of an age. As a keen teenager with my first boat I lived in mortal terror of the audience of smacksmen, Thames barge skippers and professional yacht hands who gathered under a blue haze of pipe smoke in The Victory in Mersea, the Butt and Oyster in Pin Mill, etc.

    "Saw you come in in that little boat of yours, boi... Yew shouldn't hev done that..."

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    The unknown. What I might have missed in preparation, rig, hull, passage, weather, it's just whatever I can't account for.

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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Discovering I've left the can opener behind so can't remove the lid from the Fray Bentos pie.

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