you Want to Sail?
Yes John, about once a passage there is
that perfect day when the winds are right, the sun high in the cloudless sky and you think
yourself not insane for buying this boat.
We were returning from
Cuba, on a starboard tack, close-hauled into a southeasterly wind . My friend Bob, a
commodity broker (by definition crazy as a loon) and I were enjoying the day. My ketch
could sail herself in this tack, so we decided to take a swim.
I had read about this trick
in a sailing magazine. Hook the spinnaker boom ( 1 20 ft aluminum tube ) to the base of
the main mast, run a sheet line from the top of the mast to the end of the boom. Run
another sheet line from the top of the mast and hook to the bosuns chair ( a covered
board with canvas straps ), have your buddy at the winches and then sit in the chair, grab
onto the boom and swing out over the water while your buddy lowers you into the water.
I was in the water about
two minutes, splashing away as the boat sailed along at six knots when I realized I
wasnt alone. Shark fins!! All around me. Holy %!*#. I yelled over to Bob to pull me
up very quickly but he wasnt on deck. I felt something on my leg. Where was Bob?
My dive training told me
what was happening. Panic!! Deep breaths, but what the heck. Where was Bob? I
grabbed the sheet line and with strength that only comes from panic, I pulled my self up,
grabbed the boom and flung my legs out of the water to straddle the boom. There must have
been 20 fins directly under me.
I hung there for a moment, praying that the line would hold when
Bob finally appeared out of the hatch. He waved with one hand while holding a camera in
the other. "Great shot !", he yelled over the wind whistling in my ear. I
frantically pointed to the water and the swirling fins and called him a few names worse
than commodity broker before he realized what was going on. He took a few more pictures
before finally hauling me in on the boom.
Once on deck, I took a few
minutes to calm down before I killed Bob. "You left me alone with the sharks." I
yelled ready to pounce.
"I thought you knew what you were
doing." he laughed. "Besides theyre dolphins." He pointed to the pod
of Bottlenose Dolphins now swimming and jumping beside the boat. I realized that all of my
training in identifying sea life meant nothing when you were in the middle of the ocean
with a bunch of fins. They all belong to sharks.
Since we were already
rigged up, I had trustworthy Bob swing me back out over the water and lower me down. As
soon as my feet skimmed the water, the dolphins swum on over and took turns rubbing their
backs on the bottom of my feet. After a while, I was flat down, surfing along side these
beautiful, graceful creatures.
Finally, I had Bob, who had
taken several rolls of film, pull me up.
"Your turn," I
offered, once on deck.
"Do I look
stupid?" he replied, shaking his head.
It was then that I realized
that if that sheet line had snapped while I was enjoying a "Bills Adventure"
Bob, who didnt know how to sail a Skedoo, would be like the Ancient Mariner, sailing
the Caribbean until he ran into something, hopefully an island. I, of course, would have
to continue swimming with my new-found friends until I met the same fate.
Another lesson learned.
|Way To Go Kid!
SHAUN L. BUDNIK
NAMED A PARTNER OF
DELOITTE & TOUCHE
July 31, 2000- Deloitte & Touche announced that Shaun
L. Budnik has been admitted to the partnership of the firm. She joined the firm
in 1998 and is located at the firm's Stamford office. Ms. Budnik specializes in the
manufacturing and distribution sectors. Ms. Budnik is the daughter of Bill Allen, owner of
Jamin House restaurant in Marble Falls, Texas. Deloitte & Touche, is
one of the nation's leading professional services firms.
A year ago, beef
prices went through the roof and we finally had to make our price increases permanent. We
tried a different quality beef but had too many complaints. Our Black Angus Premium Gold
Rib-Eye is specially aged for Jamin House and our Top Choice Pismo tenderloin is the best
on the market. Since last year, steak sales have risen to over 40% of our business, so it
appears we made the right decision. Thank you.
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