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  1. #21
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    In days before radar/AIS - fog
    Still - lightning storms

  2. #22
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    high speed ferries. You cant get out of their way. You have to believe they have seen you.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    What most concerns me, not really scares me, is a major accident or illness with myself or my crew.. The response times at sea being longer is the worry.

    After sailing as a young man intensely in a professional capacity for many years, and being fairly confident, then having a long break before I came back, I found I had developed a fear manoeuvring in marinas, especially if there was any significant wind, it became quite debilitating and took a lot of effort to overcome. Today I still have this fear but it's not debilitating anymore, just a tension that I can manage now.
    "'...contradictions .... are deliberate exercises in doublethink." Orwell from 1984

  4. #24
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Q. What scares you most when sailing?

    A. Being "named and shamed" on the YBW forum?

  5. #25
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlowingOldBoots View Post
    (...) I found I had developed a fear manoeuvring in marinas, (...)
    You have a Twister?

  6. #26
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Quote Originally Posted by parsifal View Post
    You have a Twister?
    Similar issues, a Rival 41C, high bow, deep forefoot, long encapsulated fin, small rudder, big kick to port in astern, stern will track to port in reverse and will not reverse straight, any wind on the bow immediately has a big effect once steerage is off. The thing is, I used to throw a Rival 41C in / out of all sorts of berths as well as a multitude of modern spade rudder yachts, now I get the collywobbles. It's probably an age thing.
    "'...contradictions .... are deliberate exercises in doublethink." Orwell from 1984

  7. #27
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    I think that if sailing genuinely scared me I probably wouldn't sail.

    There are things that I am cautious about, situations I haven't enjoyed, but I don't think "scared" has ever really covered anything I've experienced to date.
    You never know, I might be right!

  8. #28
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    I think 'being responsible for other people' might be what worries me most.

    It's certainly a big part of what I don't like about racing bigger boats.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    The kite surfers zipping across the channel at 20 knots as I enter the Exe at five knots.
    Cynical Scottish almost retired engineer.

  10. #30
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    Default Re: What scares you most when sailing?

    Honest answer is the decision to set off. It drives me potty. Over 30 years I have come across nothing that has worried me once at sea but I can spend days ( even a week) wittering " shall I go or shall I wait". Sleepless nights To the point where my verbalising of the decision has destroyed SWMBOs confidence - she used to be bulletproof.

    When eventually the decision is taken, its usually out of fury at my indecision. As soon as I am outside the port, I am happy and relaxed again.

    You work it out. I cant.

    And the other irrational fear - singlehanding. Yet the reality is that all the time I have been sailing with SWMBO, thats what I have been doing. But if she isnt there, I dont go. ****ing edaft
    Last edited by wotayottie; 29-06-17 at 08:31.

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