What a fun time on the water Saturday for the Neuse Sailing Association’s anniversary race. Pretty decent winds for the 3pm start from Oriental marker #1 to Garbacon Shoal marker to the Adams Creek marker then back to O-Town. About an hour and fourty minutes later we had a winner. Had an excellent crew menber and fantastic helmsman, Bill Lovelace. Don’t let his proper and mild-manner terperment fool you, he’s like Wolverine on the water. “SHEET IT IN, SHEET IT IN!!!”.
Mike always says that racing makes you a better overall sailer and that is definitely true. I learned much this past Saturday like “how in the heck did you guys point so high?” Pointing definitely helped us as we didn’t have to tack to the Garbacon marker. But on the downwind, it convinced me that I now need a whisker pole to keep that headsail out. Though after rounding Adams Creek marker, we dug in for the stretch to Oriental #1. Inteesting about racing makes you a better sailer as we had to ease out the main because we were heeled over way too much, too much wetted surface. As soon as we eased it out we picked up speed. Next challenge was trying to spot the marker that’s coverd birds nests in grey.
Oh, thouse sounds, those worrying aweful sounds of things creeking and popping as you’re tightening up on everything, trying to eek out a 1/4 knot more. Everything is spring tight, nothing left to winch. It’s amazing the stresses that the standing and running rigging takes. Just a thought as I reflect on those popping sounds.
We won’t talk about the protests or start times for a pursuit race though as I have a bottle of rum ready to share at Ocracoke for me penalty 😉
What a fantastic article about why it is so hard for people to openly discuss race and racism. I challenge any and everyone to read this, fully aware that several or many will stop dead in their tracks. But that’s what hope, faith and understanding is about, that almost everyone will read through it all.
It centers around a person of religion who has back and white members in his family, the discussion and the reactions of that discussion. At some point, hopefully, people will just take the time to listen without feeling they’re being blamed. It’s not that the majority of people are bad, it’s that the majority of people are silent.
I, Racist — THOSE PEOPLE — Medium.
[Warning: satire notice because someone’s not gonna get it]
Yup, why not? If you’re going to have a cause, why not be inclusive with diversity. Countless studies show that diversity enhances marketing efforts by reaching out to a wider audience. Diversity brings in new ideas, helping your organization think outside the box. For white supremacist groups, having a black leader, even a token one will bring awareness to your cause.
BTW, I’m available For the right price. I’m looking for a modest executive salary in the area of ~$500K per year including bonuses based on recruitment numbers. I can help negotiate advertising rates on Fox News and Adopt a Highway programs. For the record, I have hated people for no particular good reason and jumped on bandwagons with no understanding of the issues. I can also come up with good reasons why “they’re beneath “us” and should leave this country (preferably by cargo ship because overseas airfare is absurd these days). I know a guy who can help get you legitimate non-profit status as a 501C so we can funnel all the money to build our doomsday bunkers for when that Mooselum Dick-tater Hussain Obama takes away our ass-ault riffells. Especially after this week with SCOTUS loosing their collective minds on healthcare to help people and stating that anyone can actually love anyone. I know, nonsense. First off, if you get sick or have an accident, it’s your own damn fault. You shouldn’t have been crossing the street when that car hit you and it was your responsibility to keep cancer at bay. Then this marriage thing, only hetrosexuals should have the privlidge of being pissed off about the marriage tax penalty.
Anyway, as I said, I’m your man (not woman because in a supremacist group, their asses should be in the kitchen making cookies while we have our bonfire meetings). Having a person of color will show your commitment to outreach and furthering the cause. “White Power!!”
Thank you Dave Chappell for this inspiration. I’m out.