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Topic: Most Embarrassing Sailing Moment
Posted By: redback
Subject: Most Embarrassing Sailing Moment
Date Posted: 05 Feb 05 at 4:33pm

OK I'll go first.  Once upon a time when I was new to sailing I had a Scorpion.  It was way too fast for me and a bit of a handfull.  The Commodore had launched his brand new, hand built Signet that day.  I remember remarking on its beauty in the dinghy park.  Lovely striped sepele decks with a nice laminated gunwhale of beech or sycamore capped with mahogany so that you had a contrasting strip of light wood in amongst the red of the dark mahogany.  It gleamed with varnish so shiney it was hard to believe.  Apparently he had varnished it upside down, hanging in his garage so that no dust could settle on it.

I don't think we were even racing and as my bow went up a wave I collided with him.  My bow being higher splintered his gunwhale and rode up over his foredeck pushing a deep groove across it and puncturing it in places.  I felt bad but was convinced I was on starboard (the boom being on the starboard side)!  When I got ashore he, (very gracefully considering) pointed out that he was on starboard and I was on port.  If I could have melted through the floor I would have.

Still every cloud has a silver lining - my boat wasn't damaged!




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Posted By: sailor girl
Date Posted: 05 Feb 05 at 5:00pm
oh dear!!!!

ok, mine probably has to be at the start of the optimist area Championships, i sheeted in and put my feet under the toe straps (or so i thought!) only to backwards roll out of my boat...splash! and i just had to be at the comitee end where they managed to take a photo

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Posted By: sailor.jon
Date Posted: 05 Feb 05 at 5:06pm
i was teaching a group of adults in a wayfarer, my dry suit was only up af far as my waist so that i could stay dry whilst launching.  we were about halfway down the lake when i saw a gust coming so i eased the sheet abit n sat further out only to fall backwards over the side of the boat, my drysuit then decided to fill up with water making it impossible 4 me to swim let alone bearly stay afloat. luckily a student i had been teaching the week b4 was out in a topper, remembering his manover board what i had taught him he picked me up and took me to the wayfarer, that was now down the other end of the lake.



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Posted By: terraslazer
Date Posted: 05 Feb 05 at 5:09pm

ooooo both sound quite bad. luckly i havent had many very embarrassing moments apart from the ussual capsizing on the last tack of the race and lossing all the ground you have been working to gain.

have you still got that photo cus that could be quite funny.



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Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 05 Feb 05 at 7:28pm

Mine was when i was out on a windy day in a fireball and i slipped on the wire so kicked the helm out the back and i had to try and do a man over board helming form the wire !

 

And i only weigh 9 stone



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Posted By: Chris Noble
Date Posted: 05 Feb 05 at 7:38pm
scottish scout regatta, double handers final, in first place, nice steady F4 with two of us in a wayfarer world, so we're both hiking out and all of a sudden...... the toe strap snaps and all i can see is my legs above me and the gunwal before a fine salty mouthful. Now it didnt end there, my crew looks over and sees im not there, so as he should have, he takes the helm and starts sheeting in again to get control, only im caught by the ankle to the end of the mainsheet being dragged along by the boat. By now of course there much laughter and cheers from the boats lying close second and third. As embarresing as it was though, got back in and even better, still finished first. Just goes to show you should always check the boat over quickly. lol

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Posted By: Lazorsharp
Date Posted: 06 Feb 05 at 10:52am

Mine was much like sailor girls... thinking my feet were under the toe straps and hiking out, unfortunately i had already heeled quite a bit and so fell into the water with a big splash. the boat carried on sailign for a bit unmanned, but luckily i had kept hold of the main and tiller, and it capsized after a few metres so i could climb back in. i wasnt racing so no one saw, but i have had it where i capsize right at the last moment of a race, when ive been at thetop, and lose about 5 positions. not so great or funny!



Posted By: Phil eltringham
Date Posted: 06 Feb 05 at 5:09pm
I've got too many to remember or bore you all with, but moment include, breaking three sets of laser 2 toestraps in as many weeks from hiking too hard.  Missing toestraps on a topper at the NSSA team racing finals and costing us the race, bouncing out of the trapeeze hook going upwing right next to the committee boat at the 29er inlands, capsizing onto rocks in the tyne and savalging the only my crew, the hull, foils and kite, and nothing else!  The list goes on but if i say anymore i doubt i'll be allowed to sail out of any club in the country again!

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Posted By: Blobby
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 3:53am

Tasar Nationals in '98 - winner of the Plonker award for sailing the whole race with the dagger board in back to front...



Posted By: Brian
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 5:14pm
umm, well i dont have one but i know someone that was on their first
time trapezeing and they were holding onto the handle and when they let
go they hadnt hooked and and so fell off backwards and the boat
capsized. im sure that has happened to alot of people!

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Posted By: Harry44981!
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 5:31pm
didnt put a bung in!


Posted By: Brian
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 5:40pm
oh yeah! i was sailing a topaz and i didnt put the bung in and it
kept doing wheelys and the nose was lifting up out of the water while i
wasnt even moving. didnt know what the heck was going on, until it
started to sink...

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Posted By: Harry44981!
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 5:54pm
Oh i got stuck under my boat on saturday- no wind and i boarded my mates boat and deathrolled it, unfortunately he did the same to me. and i ducked under to get to the windward side- with a drysuit on that i forgot to burp!


Posted By: sailor.jon
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 5:57pm
oh brian, those topaz's r terrible if you forget the bung, ( u may have realised from my previous posts that i really don't like them) we had 1 with all but the bow under water,    

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Posted By: Brian
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 6:00pm
yeah thats why i put all the before it. i cant believe i actually
wanted a topaz ...


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Posted By: sailor.jon
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 6:02pm
i'm glad u have seen sense

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Posted By: Brian
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 6:12pm
yeah, how can topper make such a disgusting boat so expensive??

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Posted By: sailor.jon
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 6:22pm
apart from the sailing school i work at i only know 1 person who has bought 1,the sailing school, liked the idea of a plastic aysemetric trappeze boat 4 teaching trapeezing and asymetric sailing, it all sounds good on paper, but not on the water.

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Posted By: hurricane
Date Posted: 07 Feb 05 at 6:40pm
helm running across the boat onto the trapeze the wire snaps and the helm ends up in the drink time to pick up the helm i think


Posted By: Blobby
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 5:45am

Sorry - obvious fabrication...

HELMS DON"T RUN!!! (And if you see some of them trying it please shoot them at once, we can't let these bad habits start creeping in to our gentlemans sport!)



Posted By: hurricane
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 9:07am
well your not sailing proper boats i didnt see the 49er boys walking across the boat in the olympics


Posted By: john.d.knight
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 1:21pm
This is back in my windsurfing days in my teens. I had a c**p start and fell in which meant I was at the back of the fleet with the beginners, many of which could only just about sail a course never mind know which was port and starboard. After several near misses I ended up running straight into a board who was on port tack. Even to this day I remember shouting and swearing at this poor beginner that if he doesn't know the rules he shouldn't be on the water and to get out of my way, both of us ended in the water and this was, I pretty sure, the only time I have retired because I wasn't doing very well. Fast forward about 4 years and I have matured into, even though I say it myself, a pretty good windsurfer and I was invited by the local region to give a talk on race tactics. One of the subjects I covered was keeping out of the way of back markers and how you should be careful not to intimidate them as they are the future of the sport and the skill of a good sailor is the ability to sail through them with least interference. A hand went up at the back of the hall. You guessed it, it was the sailor I ran into 4 years earlier, he then proceeded to tell the rest of the audience of our little incident. I was waiting for the world to swallow me up but unfortunately it didn't and I had to spend the next few minutes apologising! 

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Posted By: ssailor
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 6:33pm
Probably my most embarassing moment was when me and a mate deathrolled our borrowed Spice as we were coming into land - we had come round the headland of the bay where the wind was curling round gusting and shifting like mad - not a good idea with such a large main!! - we got hit by a large gust my helm fell out of the boat keeping hold of mainsheet and i failed dismally at keeping the boat upright heading towards the shore way to fast and deathrolled right in front of the owners of the boat!!

Fortunately me and my helm just hung on to the mast and it didnt turtle or hit the shore!! skillful i think!


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Posted By: pico master
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 6:55pm
its gotta be when during a very very windy(F5-6) reggatta. we were proud of our record of being the only boat not to have capsized all week until the last race with a steady F4 were we deathrolled on the start...the embarrassment!still won the whole thing though!


Posted By: ssailor
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 7:01pm
You Deathrolled a PICO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done!! Respect to you, for actually going out in one 

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Posted By: *GM*
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 7:10pm
You guys really aren't trying hard enough....


Posted By: sailor girl
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 7:24pm
ooh dear 'pico master' you should NOT admit to sailing a pico! classic, you death rolled one!!!

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Posted By: Harry44981!
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 7:45pm
I've been stuck under a deathrolled one on the menai strait in a force 6! (I wasnt very competent then btw, and yes i'm ashamed of sailing a pico once!)


Posted By: hurricane
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 7:53pm
excuse me anyone that works where they have them will know the trick of how to submerge the bow and because it is hollowed out it will sail under the water with the cockpit full of water very cool to show!!!!


Posted By: sailor girl
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 9:53pm
You don't have to work with them to sink them!

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Posted By: Jamie
Date Posted: 08 Feb 05 at 11:40pm

ugh, picos.

Last time I sailed one was on my dinghy instructors course, in about a F6 I managed to pitchpole the thing.  While heading upwind, probably because I am far to big (a Finn would be more my boat) for a pico and was sitting forward in waves.

Right in front of Plas Menai at lunch time.

I remember just finding myself with my back in the water and my feet still in the toe straps, looking at the highest point of the boat which was now the rudder. I had enough time to think - "well this isn't right - @&$* "



Posted By: Sam Barker
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 3:03pm

Ho ho ho,

Here are mine, new club, new (to me 505) and new crew who I'm teaching to trapese.  Nice screaming reach towards the club house, the crewe gets nervous "we should tack" she shouts, "Nonsense!" says I "we can get nearer and show off!".  Wherupon I smack it aground, the whole rudder out of the water, crew all the way round the front, nice centreboard kind of ground down.  Whoops.

When we came in a nice bloke came up, "New to the club, it's great to see a 5-oh out again, oh, you'll notice it's shallow near the clubhouse!".

 

Second one, beating up the first erm, beat having started badly and ended up in amongst the solos (messing about on shore when the start signal went!), I was steaming along on starboard and this solo was on port.  I didn't shout until I was sure he'd screw up his position, then I screamed my head off, I was convinced it was a mate of mine so as he tacked off I shouted "Ha ha Gotcha!".  Turned out to be a commitee member reknowned for his lack of humour!  Oh well...



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Posted By: Claymore
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 3:44pm
OK time to admit to my worst one  

Towing home an Express with a keelboat and decided just to moor the keelboat and paddle the express ashore. Tidied up on the mooring and paddling back to the slip and almost there. Brings up the centreboard and drifts out slightly from the slip.....

Leaned over to try and grap the edge, felt the dinghy tipping sharply and while trying to keep balance capsized it the other way right into the river and also right infront of the clubhouse. No one available to help of course as they are all laughing too hard



Posted By: kasey3000
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 5:09pm

How about.....F4-5 in a Buzz......I was crewing, boat was rounding the mark...went into the boat instead of riding over the top of the mark....as i went back out on the trapeze, forgot to check my trapeze hook!

Fell off the trapeze, and later found myself in hospital with a broken finger and in doing so put myself out of sailing for 5 months!

My helm still finds it highly amusing 2 remind me of that little incident



Posted By: Matt Jackson
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 5:11pm

I was OOD, aged about 14 completely on my own to do the horn, flags and check that everyone was clear of the line. We had a simple 6, 3, Go system at the time, but I got my sums wrong and did the 3 signal at 4 minutes before the start! I realised this about 3 minutes later because I went to do the Go and it wasn't the start time yet. I did the start at the correct time anyway and let them go off up the beat, then I pannicked and did a general recall followed immediately by the 3. Unfortuneatly half the fleet didn't make it back in time... oops.

I had the handicap results worked out in double quick time and left sharpish. Strangely, I never got asked to stand in for anyone from that day on and decided I'd swap to go in the safety boat if at all possible.



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Posted By: Harry44981!
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 5:17pm

Of course i don't have anything stupid ive done... but one of my clumsy mates has done these:

  • Elton SC: going down stairs from mens changing rooms, he jumps up to swing on a window ledge with wet gloves on... slips and lands flat on his back and slides down 2 flights of stairs
  • Tries to whip me with his rash vest in L&L changing rooms, slips as he swings and falls on his arse againand lands in a huge puddle!
  • Football bouncing on curb in car park, he goees to kick it but his foot gives way underneath him and he lands on his back in really thick mud!

And thats just at sailing clubs, I also go to the same school as him and hes even worse there lol...



Posted By: big man
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 5:45pm
harry................. you holdiing out on us. you seem to know alot about these falls are you sure it wasnt you!!

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Posted By: Harry44981!
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 6:28pm

definately not me lol- if you met him you'd realise!



Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 09 Feb 05 at 8:22pm

I was standing on a bench trying to get a wet stubborn wetsuit on again and ended up flying off the bench into another bech and knocking off lots of sailing bags............ oops 



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Posted By: stuarthop
Date Posted: 10 Feb 05 at 10:15pm
i was trapezing for my first time in a 29er and my aigle boots slipped so i got sent flying into the shrouds one leg either side (very painfull) Bought some widsurfing slippers soon after (far better for trapezing)

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Posted By: Lucy Lee
Date Posted: 10 Feb 05 at 10:38pm

I was teaching adults Level 1. We'd been out in Wayfarers for a couple of days and there was one guy who was REALLY full of himself.

I put him in a Laser for the final afternoon and was p*ssing myself laughing as the afternoon progressed and he kept capsizing & turning turtle.

Not so funny when I'd towed him in and tried to get the boat on to the trolley. The boat was a tad heavy and there was a curious round hole in the back where the bung should have been. I had a bit of a red face when I had to explain to him that his appalling sailing had been my fault  



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Posted By: Lazorsharp
Date Posted: 11 Feb 05 at 10:13am
I was sailing a Dart 16 on a course, and it was my first time trapezing. I can't remember exactly what happened, but the next thing I knew i had flown round to the front of theboat and was jammed against the front by my chest, being pulled along! (we were going pretty fast). i couldnt get back in and so we had to completely stop the boat to pull me in, and all the time my instructor was rolling around on the floor of his RIB in hysterics!


Posted By: big man
Date Posted: 11 Feb 05 at 11:23am
i wonder y

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Posted By: Granite
Date Posted: 11 Feb 05 at 1:28pm

 

I was teaching Level 1 Adults in wayfarers and we were doing tacking practice in a bit sheltered water neer the pontoons of a marina, the student helming gets a bit confused and pulls the tiller towards him, gybes and then executes a brilliant comming alongside manuver when the mainsheet catches on a cleat and stops us with the boat pointing downwind hard against the pontoon.

I confidently hop out of the boat onto the pontoon with the idea of unhooking the mainsheet and getting back into the boat and sailing off. Unfortunatly once the mainsheet is unhooked the boat starts sailing down wind with the boom over the pontoon. I can see that if I did get back into the boat the mainsheet would hook over the last cleat on the end of the pontoon and we would be stuck again.

The only option I have left is to calmly walk to the end of the pontoon holding the mainsheet and jump into the water, from the water I could instruct the student to sail the boat away from the other pontoons and back into open water, with me being towed behind. I eventualy managed to climb back into the wayfarer and we finished the days sesion.

On returning to the center at the end of the day I was greeted by a completely dead pan center principle telling me "You are not supposed to get out of the boat on a level one course!"



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Posted By: toni t
Date Posted: 11 Feb 05 at 3:44pm

how about; running late for the start, went to launch my boat, pushing it along in the mud and i slip, feet go backwards, head forwards and i land on the foredeck, had a really attractive black eye and a lot of abuse from my mates for that, and i hadn't even got in the boat!

 



Posted By: big man
Date Posted: 11 Feb 05 at 4:00pm
ok back in my oppi sailing days (distant memory) i just sailed the race at my local club i was comming in to the pontoon and i never quite got there i was about a foot or so away. the clever person that i was decided that i could jump the distance. i slowly walked to the front of the boat holding the painter i jumped as hard as i could and the boat went backwards the pontoon seemed to go forwards and i stayed in the middle. right in front of the club house aswell. luckly because i was so young everyone rushed to help and not laugh.

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Posted By: sailor girl
Date Posted: 11 Feb 05 at 4:25pm
gutted!!!

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Posted By: headfry
Date Posted: 11 Feb 05 at 4:50pm
At the tender age of about 16, with my brother and my then boyfriend

 On returning from a fated days sailing in my boyfriends fathers 25ft sailing boat (oakleaf or mapleleaf)  IT happened

 Some where in the marshes around Potton Island we ran out of water,  it was a dark but moonlit night, no worries we were well use to these Essex creeks and with all due smug'ness thought - easy, just drop the anchor before touching the bottom and wait for the tide!.... not long to wait, had a quick peak on deck and noticed  a sort of sign,  kinda cross shaped, and.....oh, how sweet a matching one on the opposite bank!
 Yeep we had 'parked' on the main power cable to the Island!

Oh did I forget to mention - Boyfriends Daddy was the club Commodre

Don't know if they ever got to hear of our very SMALL panic attack!!

Great days though, much fun always had!



Posted By: Chris Noble
Date Posted: 16 Feb 05 at 11:02pm
gutter

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Posted By: tgruitt
Date Posted: 19 Feb 05 at 4:45pm
Me and my crew launched a national 12, managed to sail it through the waves off of the beach got a few hundred yards out and realised I had forgotten to take the rudder out with me and could see it lying on the beach.Very embarrasing, managed to turn boat around sail downwind with the waves behind and capsized it onto the beach landing it on a holiday makers rubber dinghy. They were not best pleased.

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Posted By: Spot192
Date Posted: 19 Feb 05 at 8:06pm
better that im telling just two of my embarrasing moments. one from my early sailing in an optimist. it was the riva cup on lake garda. my watch broke the race before so i asked a friend to tell me the time. we had a great position in the middle left front row. she told me 5 secs left and i got prepared to start. we and one brit started and we were very far away when i noticed that my friend pressed one minute too early on the watch and so we started one minute earlier. very very very very embarrassing!(by the way my coach got it all on video tape; shows it yearly on the riva cup to everybody)

other one is a nice int 14 tale. im sailing with my father and we had a bet running. if we capsize, the one who wouldnt be able to free from the hook and falls in the water has to pay the whole beer the other drinks. we managed zto capsize and my father fell into the water. ive been so proud of my self, that i was waving around and doing a victory dance on the daggerboard that i fell from the daggerboard onto my arse, from my arse into the water. the nice guys from my club took at least three pics of the important stages of my show!


Posted By: Black no sugar
Date Posted: 19 Feb 05 at 9:29pm

Now we want to see the pics!    

Links to your club, pretty pretty pleeeeeeaase??



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Posted By: stuarthop
Date Posted: 19 Feb 05 at 10:07pm
I think we should see these pics

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Posted By: Spot192
Date Posted: 20 Feb 05 at 4:47pm
im sorry but the pics arent in the net anymore (thank god!!!!!!) but theyre in my club house in the dressing rooms.  i love my club mates! come on there must be worst tales than mine! please!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted By: hydrographer20
Date Posted: 21 Feb 05 at 4:01pm
well i have an embaresing moment to rival most ive rad so far.  at mudeford when the tide is going out and there is no wind it can somtimes be a bit hard to take the boat back in.  one day we started drift outn through the run which ha da really fast current.  it was summer and as usual there were loads of tourists watchign us and taking photos and we wee powerless to do anything about it, luckily enough a small fishing boat was able to pull us back in, though once we were back on land the tourists thoguht we were stunt artists and starting asking us questyions, v. emabrassing

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Posted By: Win or Swim
Date Posted: 24 Feb 05 at 4:57pm

hmm embarassing sailing stories, if you dont have them then you CANT call yourself a sailer!

The best story I've got didnt actually hapen to me but to a couple of friends I was coaching.  It was in a topaz tres (please dont buy one!!) which have an open transom.  Crew was on wire and helm falls out of back with mainsheet round her foot, this causes main sheeting in, boat accelerating and planing.  Crew thinking her helms doing a great job unitll she turns round to see her being dragged by her foot at a good 15knts. all the instructors had a good laugh at them and they havent lived it down yet



Posted By: Gael
Date Posted: 24 Feb 05 at 7:45pm
Think mine were capsizing a Lark at uni when I was swapping boats, and
the classic after racing a big boat, boat on mooring, chatting away with
the boat next door, leant on the boom and the mainsheet wasn't jammed
off properly - I went over the side in spectacular fashion right in the
middle of the harbour with plenty of very very amused spectators ...
oh dear though, there is a long list of other ones!!!


Posted By: carshalton fc
Date Posted: 24 Feb 05 at 8:12pm
i bet you thought you were a right muppet

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Posted By: Calum_Reid
Date Posted: 26 Feb 05 at 10:54pm
Mine have to be holding a pico for someone and going to lift the rudder and the doat sailing off with me in tow behind. And swappin from a full rig to a radial and the helm in the other boat had jumpped in mine i had 1 foot on each boat and then they started to seperate. All il say is owch!

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Posted By: Blobby
Date Posted: 01 Mar 05 at 1:01am

Originally posted by hydrographer20

well i have an embaresing moment to rival most ive rad so far.  at mudeford when the tide is going out and there is no wind it can somtimes be a bit hard to take the boat back in.  one day we started drift outn through the run which ha da really fast current.  it was summer and as usual there were loads of tourists watchign us and taking photos and we wee powerless to do anything about it, luckily enough a small fishing boat was able to pull us back in, though once we were back on land the tourists thoguht we were stunt artists and starting asking us questyions, v. emabrassing

Love the run at Mudeford - especially in a 4 - 5 in Laser 2 with the kite up going against the current...



Posted By: hydrographer20
Date Posted: 01 Mar 05 at 10:48am
yer its a fun place to be especailly when the tourisst are there, they look so fasicnated lol  i somtimes wave to them then do somthign silly and casize lol  thats when they wave back 

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Posted By: Yann
Date Posted: 02 Mar 05 at 9:03pm
personal favourite was a trick played on the people we were training with, my crew used to call the time to start really loud and we knew people around us listened to him as well, so he intentionally called the time 15 seconds early so the guys around us went, taking everyone with them. Leaving only us on the line alone as the only people not over.

This was all on camera and we thought it was gonna be funny in the video debrief but the coach forgot that he had recalled everyone so he just slated us for starting late thought we had some kind of issue with starting. Humiliation in front of my freinds rather than getting to be smug..... 


Posted By: KnightMare
Date Posted: 02 Mar 05 at 9:18pm

Very good idea i must say, My friends did a similar but slightly more nasty one at the world that they were at. They used to do two boat timed runs, one from each end of the start line and the other countries started to pick up onthis so they used to intentionaly fix the outcomes on most of them so that others watching would pick the wrong end.

And my most embarsing moment... wel ther have been lots but the funniest was when i sailed a friends lark and capsized but wasnt used to a metal centerplate and decided to accidentaly use it as a spring board, we (me, my crew and the rescue crew) were laughing so hard that we couldnt get the boat up!!!



Posted By: ianwat2212
Date Posted: 02 Mar 05 at 9:35pm
We had quite an embaressing moment @ our club regatta last year, there wasnt much wind and we were close tacking up the shoreline 2 stay out of a very strong tidal stream, we were heading towards the beach right in front of the clubhouse where every1 was watching, prepared ourselves for a very professional looking roll tack, started to roll the boat, and promptly ran aground, the resulting deceleration meant that i ended up face down in the bottom of the boat and my crew took an involuntary jump over the side! fortunatly, he was able to push the boat off and get back in, meaning all we lost was our pride, although somebody did accuse us of illegal propulsion.

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Posted By: KnightMare
Date Posted: 02 Mar 05 at 9:51pm

Yeh goin back and readin all of those makes me think of some realy amusing ones, (hehe this is where i start to embaras my m8s)

1) Cadet Europeans, CZECH REP. my friend un packed his boat and found out that he had left his rudder all the way back in summy essex!!!!!! still hasnt lived that one down.  

2).. the usual leaving kit at events I think i have left 2 cadet covers at ONE event!!! thats some good going..

3) One realy bad set of fotos, i had not rigged my spini properly so got my novice crew to helm and untied the haliard, then proceded to stand on the fore deck facing backwards holding onto the mast, with the haliard in my hand above my head,, all this time the crew kept moving the tiller and nearly throwing me in. Also the angle the photos were taken at it looks slightly like pole dancing, so they decided to put them up on the wall for everyone to see......



Posted By: carshalton fc
Date Posted: 02 Mar 05 at 9:52pm

were they having a joke about the illegal propulsion or deadly serious?



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Posted By: ianwat2212
Date Posted: 02 Mar 05 at 9:56pm
I think they were joking, it was hard to tell among the hoots of ridiculing laughter being directed at us from everybody who saw it happen (most of the club)

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Posted By: Win or Swim
Date Posted: 02 Mar 05 at 10:06pm

nice one!

I remember back in my topper days sailing in an open down in portland, i'd drifted down the pack due to choas on start line and having to do numerous penalties (not even deserved - but thats another story).  Came round top mark and started working out best route to next mark (dont often sail with tides) and i failed to spot the 18 charging at me.  A few seconds before impact we both notice each other, try avoidance tactics, both capsize and wrap our rigs together.  They guys were rather peed off to say the least!



Posted By: brashleyd
Date Posted: 04 Mar 05 at 9:47am
Sailing my Vortex at the weekend, i was really loking forward to racing a contender that is rarely ever on the water. I had quite a good start, but halfway up the windward leg the boat gradualy began to slow down, alowing the contender through and eventually resulting in an invert. I then decided to head back to the slip, to check out what was up with the boat. It was then that i discovered i had left the bungs out. It took five of us to pull it up the slip! 


Posted By: Gael
Date Posted: 04 Mar 05 at 10:05am
Um ... been there, done that!


Posted By: James Bell
Date Posted: 04 Mar 05 at 10:51am

Fairly recent this one - decided to take part in a Winter series at another club in my Laser 4000 but the only crew I could get was larger than my regular crews.

Having sailed the boat with the racks half out for 3 years, I then had to set them all the way in. On our first practice sail at our club, we were a bit late for the start, there were less than 5 minutes to go and after a few bungled attemps to launch in a bit of surf, we left the shore standing up.

I then sheeted in, and proceeded to sit down. However, the rack was no longer where my subconcious thought it was, and I missed the toe straps falling straight over the side! 

Having had toe straps break on me several times in the past, I seemed to have developed a penchant for holding onto tiller extensions as if my life depended on it.

So for one or two seconds, I had my back in the water, my legs up in the air with the boat heeling over above me, and the tiller extension bent over the side --- then snap! It broke, leaving me thrashing about in the water trying to catch up with the boat (it wasn't that windy) and the rest of the fleet starting (with one or two rather loud laughs)!!

 



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Posted By: bigwavedave
Date Posted: 04 Mar 05 at 4:51pm
First time trying to sail a RS600.  F5 dead on shore.  After about 30 mins of trying to get it to stay still and upright long enough to get in the bl&*dy thing a small boy asks me if I would like him to hold it for me so I can try and get in. At that moment the boom freed itself from the mud and a big lump of the stuff slapped him in the face.

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Posted By: Brian
Date Posted: 04 Mar 05 at 4:54pm
result: instant incapacitation with laughter?

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Posted By: KnightMare
Date Posted: 04 Mar 05 at 6:36pm

Oh ouch..... quite amusing for other ppl.

just remebered a rather amusing boyancy test I once did, normal Btest etc but sat onthe boats side whilst it was capsized n whent he tiome was up my dad, standing on shore holding end of my mast. let go and I went flying............ I ended up sitting on the bottom of the lake   



Posted By: hydrographer20
Date Posted: 05 Mar 05 at 8:23am
sailing does provide the right enviroment for embarasing moments.  i mena a sport like runing isnt this funny.  but then again weve alll had our moments !

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Posted By: Harry44981!
Date Posted: 05 Mar 05 at 4:18pm

Toay- demonstrating heavy air downwind sailing to other juniors, thought it was going really well (they seemed impressed), untill i was showing how stable sailing by the lee was, when a winshift came and wham i deathrolled!



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Posted By: sailorguy
Date Posted: 05 Mar 05 at 6:07pm

in the laser at falmouth week last year. starboard end start, perfect, to windward of the fleet. a gust comes along, i hike out and then BANG!!! the knot i had tied in the outhaul came undone and i went backwards into the water, pulling the boat with me. the rest of the fleet sailed on, some of them so helpless with laughter, they hit each other and had to take penalties.

the result ; retiring and having to ask for help to return to the shore. ill never muck up the knot again!

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Posted By: KnightMare
Date Posted: 06 Mar 05 at 3:36am
Lol well if you have to retire then take the rest of the fleet with you.


Posted By: hydrographer20
Date Posted: 06 Mar 05 at 3:51pm
quite right if they gonna laugh at your expense then when they hit eachother it gives you an excuse to laugh right bak

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Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 06 Mar 05 at 7:45pm

The other day we were mucking about and we were 2 up in the Topper's and I stood up to grab the boom strop (Topper centre main thingy) and the kid helming gybed the boat accidently!

Because it was windy and had previously been hiked out i still had one foot in the centre toe strap and as the boat gybed i got kncked out but it REALLY hurt cos my foot was still iun the boat and he was dragging me along with me nearly drowning becaause i was laughing and swallowing water !



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Posted By: KnightMare
Date Posted: 06 Mar 05 at 8:58pm

ouch



Posted By: Noidea
Date Posted: 13 Mar 05 at 4:58pm

I was sailing at the scorpion nationals bout 15 years ago in about a force 6-7 . Off downwind we went. everything going brilliantly. surfing the waves. got to the bottom of the course with a gybe and then a reach section. the helm executed the gybe perfectley and off we go. I got the spini sorted and sit down to start playing it. I can only assume that the helm is tightening up to overtake the boats in front But its windy and the spinni is taking a lot of effort .the helms still tightening up and its getting too tight for the spinni. hang on i think. I turned round and theres no helm.so I stops the boat drops the spinni and race back towards the gybe mark only to see My helm riding in a rib screaming his head off at me.

Funny really.



Posted By: carshalton fc
Date Posted: 13 Mar 05 at 5:13pm
lol . i have done that before.  in the stratos nationals me and my dad were righting the boat after a capsize an dleft the mainsheet cleated so we righted it and i jumped in and i siad that was a quick right and i turned round and my dad was trailing behind the boat hanging off the retevall lines!!  very funny

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Posted By: hydrographer20
Date Posted: 13 Mar 05 at 6:48pm
lmao would ahve been funny to be watching

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Posted By: terraslazer
Date Posted: 13 Mar 05 at 8:26pm
i kno someone that was sailing a dart 18 for the second time. he capsized and jumped from the top hull and next he was hanging upside down by his foot. the traveller rope had wrapped round his leg. it was very funny to watch!!

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Posted By: Lucy Lee
Date Posted: 13 Mar 05 at 10:06pm

I remember when I was young & foolish I had a bit of a crush on one of the sailing instructors at Seaton Barracks in Plymouth .

We were down there one day mucking about in their bosuns and he offered to take us out in the BRAND NEW hobie. I drew the short straw and had to drive the rescue boat while he took a friend of mine out first. They were having a great time, cruising along at high speed when he persuaded her to turn round and pose for a photo. All was looking good until a gust came, the boat sped up and the leward hull smacked into one of the huge red chanel markers with a resounding CLANG.

Luckily no-one was actually hurt, but his ego was severely dented (as was his pay-packet) and I didn't fancy him quite so much after I'd had to rescue him   



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Posted By: hydrographer20
Date Posted: 13 Mar 05 at 10:25pm
lmao,  stuff like that allways happens when its new or not urs why??

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Posted By: Black no sugar
Date Posted: 13 Mar 05 at 10:44pm

Here what happened to Emma, one of our Junior sailors when she tried out the new centremain on her friend Ben's Topper... He'd only spent 3 hours fitting it that morning - and it was Ben's birthday!! Poor girl was SOOOO embarrassed.... Ben found the whole adventure quite hilarious!  

 



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Posted By: Blobby
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 12:25am
That's cruel...


Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 9:28am

Whoa thats tight !

It doesnt look that windy.........was it?

Wow i havent seen a sail like that for ages



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Posted By: Black no sugar
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 9:34am

It wasn't really windy that day. Unfortunate circumstances happened. I think this boat capsized, the other Topper nearly went too, its mainsheet got tangled around the mast and.... SNAP!

As for the sail, yep, it's an old one. But you haven't seen mine: it's a red, orange and white job, dating back to the 80s! I wonder why I want to change it... 



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Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 9:37am
Lol o well they do the job !

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Posted By: James Bell
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 10:01am

One of our newer members had just bought themselves an immaculate second-hand B14, but previously they'd only really sailed Hobie cats. 

So one of our more experienced sailors on a windy day, offered to help them by out by helming it - and it came back looking like this!



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Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 10:03am
OOO dear not a very happy bloke im thinking !

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Posted By: Harry44981!
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 5:40pm
Waverider I've seen 3 topper masts snap recently, 1 in a force 2 (mine), 1 in a force 3 and 1 in a 4. It doesn'thave to be windy, most go round the kicker attatchment strop.!

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Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 6:17pm
Yeah i've seen quite a few snap aswell sadly mines looking a bit ropey at the moment cos one of the rivets has come loose but im not sure whether i should leave some space for the amst to expand when it gets hot unter the cover otherwise if the rivet is in too hard it may break the mast????

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Posted By: carshalton fc
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 6:51pm

do laser mast's snap regualy?



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Posted By: *GM*
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 6:58pm
No, usually only the once.....


Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 9:38pm
Originally posted by Wave Rider

one of the rivets has come loose but im not sure whether i should leave some space for the amst to expand


Wear from the rivet moving round and more importantly leverage from the fitting across the rivet as its a bit loose will do ten times more damage than expansion ever could... Get a new rivet in soon as you can. Don't forget a bit of zinc paste!


Posted By: Wave Rider
Date Posted: 14 Mar 05 at 10:13pm
Ok will do ...........thanks

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