Monday, June 30, 2014
Just for Fun?
I wonder if it is really possible to go out for a sail just for fun?
Ramadan is here now and that means reduced office hours and lots of opportunities for taking a sail. So, I went out this afternoon for a sail. I was the only one out and I told myself it would be just for fun. So, I did a couple of long broad reaches, just for the fun of it and then went down a channel between two islands with high rises on them - just for the fun of it.
But then, I noticed a couple of channel markers with some incoming tide swirling around them and thought, that might be fun to do a few roundings. So, I did a couple of gybes around each, reaching between them, trying to correctly judge the tidal effect in rounding (and getting a streak of green on my gunwale from misjudging one), and then a few more and soon strung together about 10. Then I thought - I need to try tacking around them and before I knew it I had done a similar number of tacks. So, the fun turned into practice roundings - which was fun.
So, I guess this means that for me fun includes at least some practice. I don't consider myself an obsessive competitor or an A type personality, but without the bit of work/practice and feeling of slight improvement, I would have probably been bored.