ET and cruising
For me the big amusement was the reaction to my proposed chat - ready for no wind. The general opinion was that it was "too complicated" and the notes I had prepared were - as I wanted them to remind me of things I find complicated. No one seemed to get the point that unless you understand the definitions you cannot really understand the other rules. It seems to me that the definitions are ignored - even Trevor Lewis's new book just lists them - yet they are the basis of the rules and tweeks to them (as has been done this January) can have an enormous influence on the way we play the game.
Anyway being somewhat cynical I found comments like "don't tell them the rules are complicated" somewhat amusing. These kids are dealing with sailing - tell me that they aren't dealing with complicated situations and problems every time they go afloat. Give them credit - complicated things can be explained to them.
Anyhow yesterday three of us atempted to sail the Wayfarer to Porlock but ran out of time and had to turn around 2 miles short of Porlock. It was cold but fun. 27mls sailed in about five and a half hours. Roll on the summer.