When you least expect it!
At the Atlantic Coast Championships recently my son (Steve) and I were sailing in race 2 after just getting a 5th and pleased with that in a fleet of about 30 boats. In race two, we were about 5-6th again and only had to get around the leeward mark to go to the finish. Approaching the leeward mark rounding I was a middle boat and things were tight.As we rounded I ducked my head down for some reason and when looking up again I saw the boom of the inside boat in MY BOAT! All of a sudden the boats began to separate and the inside boat's main sheet was around my neck! Well, in a flash I was in the water and being dragged. I soon popped up with hiking stick in one hand and a main sheet in the other; only it wasn't mine! My son Steve and Moxie were out of control with him strugglung to get on top of things, and I was hanging off the end of the other boat somewhat dazed. Larry Vitez in a sportsman like way invited me aboard, but I decided to swim for my own boat with Judges escorting me along the way. I finally caught up, and Steve dragged me aboard. We pulled things together and finished last. The inside boat was given redress for not going off and leaving me. How could he? I had his main sheet :-)! Lesson learned 1. Give more room to the inside boat! 2. Don't wear your good glasses - they're gone 3. You need your life jacket when you least expect it!!!!!!!! Had it not been for the PFD I'm sure I would have drunk some of the Cheasapeak Bay maybe more than I would have liked. Bill Ross, FS/5210 Commodore FSSA