Jun. 28th, 2016 08:53 pm
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Silly musings really. Quite silly. But they're musings none the less.

Y'all know I sail every once in a while. I think I posted about this a couple of years ago. When I was sailing in Chester I happened upon the set of a sci-fi series I had just started to watch. The series was set in fictitious "Haven, Maine" and is filmed in and around the place I've spent pretty much every summer since I was about 10.

I stopped watching it when Netflix stopped updating it, but recently they added the last season or two to their lineup and I started watching it again.

So first, some backstory that I'll mangle desperately to the point you can't see the connection I'm making in my head.

I've raced in Chester for the past 14 or so years. Two Christmases ago our skipper passed away. One of the guys got a boat to "keep the band together" so to speak. (It's been hell sailing with him. He brings his two kids along and despite the fact that they're about 16 and 19, all they do is bicker constantly. I'm used to a skipper barking orders and yelling when something's not done right, but this is not yelling or barking orders. This is bickering and there's a difference. But I digress.)

Last year he raced in Chester. This year he decided to move his boat from Chester to Halifax Harbour, to the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. (Please say that in your head with a serious snooty Boston Brahmin accent.) We've been sailing there so far this summer which is ok, because it's closer to home, but that's about the only good thing about it. Last race there were only two boats - us and one with a storm dodger and a barbecue. (God help us if we didn't win that one.)

Anyway. So. I used to race in Chester. The show was filmed in Chester. Probably less than a kilometer from where I sailed. The show is over now and I've just watched the finale.

In the finale, everything came to an end. A number of people died (as to be expected) and they moved a lot of the story from "Haven" to the unknown, beyond the void kind of dealie. The filming also moved. It went from a kilometer or so from the Chester Yacht Club where I used to sail, to about a kilometer from the Squadron. About 80 km or so from its original shooting location. Now, to be clear, at the time all of Nova Scotia had a great film tax credit, and most of Nova Scotia is near the water. They could have shot anywhere. The new location didn't require a yacht club, or even boats. It could have been anywhere.

Yet here it is by my new sailing location.

(And here is where in my head there's a kind of eerie coincidence. But unless you've been really paying attention, you've missed it. Sorry about that. Move along. Nothing to see here...)

To be clear, the show wasn't great, and the only reason I watched it was because I got a kick out of spotting locations I knew (and one of the actors was hawt) but I still find that an interesting coincidence.

But then again, it's probably also sort of like the fact that once you buy a new car suddenly EVERYBODY has the same car.

Still, it sort of feels like the universe is telling me to move on. I mean, Haven did, right?

Date: 2016-06-29 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] siliconshaman.livejournal.com
Gina ... why haven't you got a boat?

I mean, you've some pretty strong ideas about how Captaining should be done, have even done it IIRC, and you're obviously a dedicated sailor. So...?
Edited Date: 2016-06-29 12:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-06-29 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anigo.livejournal.com
That's a good question. One people ask me a lot.

I actually have a boat. It's not a big one, but it's a boat none the less. It hasn't seen the water since I started sailing big boats about 17 years ago.

Ideally you should have two skill sets to captain. You should know the mechanics of driving a boat (including the rules of the road) and you should have the leadership skills to make a crew work well together. The truth is, I don't have the technical skills or confidence to captain in a race. I can trim the sails to make a boat go fast. I can do any position in a boat, from the front pointy end to the middle to the back, but there are a lot of technical skills to pointing it in the right direction and either avoiding or ignoring other boats - and to be fair, I'm not exactly sure I have any urge to get those skills. I do think I've got some great leadership skills if I do say so myself, but there's no point in rallying a crew if you're going to drive the boat into the shore during a tacking duel.

The other truth is, I sail on a couple of boats now. Buying a boat isn't the biggest expense. It's keeping a boat. Membership at the squadron I spoke about above is $2100 a year, on top of the $1100 you have to pay just to see if they'll let you in. (Plus they have a $425 minimum food order requirement.) That's just to be a member. You still need to pay for your boat to stay there - another $765 a year for a ball (slumming it) or $1625 for a spot in the marina (plus a $2800 application fee - amortized over 4 years.) Now granted, that's not the cheapest place to keep a boat, but even in a cheaper marina, you're still looking at insurance, haulout fees and maintenance. A used foresail for a J24 (which is the smallest sail for a smallish boat but what I'd get if I were getting a boat) is about $600. A plain old cam cleat will ste you back between $50 and $200. And shit gets broken constantly.

To race on a big boat you need crew. It's hard to get crew, let alone good crew. So if I had a boat I'd need to find crew, and most of the crew I know are already sailing with other people - or don't know how to sail. (Not that I wouldn't be happy to teach them!)

Most weeks I have the opportunity to sail 3-4 times a week (and only 1 of those on the bickery boat) for nothing more than the cost of a few bags of chips or a bottle of rum.

The truth is, I'm still living in the past. The boat I used to race on - Dance Me Loose - was amazing. The crew was second to none. We had an amazing time from a social point of view, every one of us had some kick-ass skills and we worked together as a team better than any team I've ever seen - sailing or otherwise. I miss that, and I compare it to every other boat I sail on. The boat I sail on on Wednesday nights is close to that from a camaraderie point of view, but they have a long way to go to get their actual sailing skills together, and it's hard to work as a team if you're still figuring out how to make the boat go. Still, if you're having fun, hopefully the skills will follow.

Maybe what I need to do is stop complaining and start enjoying the view, huh?

Wow, sorry for the long answer. But thanks for the insight.

Date: 2016-06-29 12:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] siliconshaman.livejournal.com
You're welcome.

[and now you know half the secret to being a good therapist too. You ask the right question, and the client does all the work. The other half is knowing what question to ask... and when I figure that one out...]

Although, from the sound of it, you'd be good as second in command. Or general dogsbody. But yeah, why own the cow when you can just buy the milk?

Date: 2016-07-01 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fbhjr.livejournal.com


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