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The Skipper gets the praise but the crew win the races.

 

Don't just sit there. Sail something.

 

"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind."

 

Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be." - Dennis Conner

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"Anyone got any ideas?"

Dennis Conner, race 7, Newport, Sept 26th 1983.

 

"Take me to the house of twisted faces".

Dennis Conner, Auckland airport, giving instructions to taxi driver to get to him to Panmure Cruising Club.

 

"Its your watch, you sort it out."

Trevor Dohgerty to Mike McCormick when rig falls down in a 2-handed race out the back of Cuvier in the middle of the night.

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"Anyone got any ideas?"

Dennis Conner, race 7, Newport, Sept 26th 1983.

 

 

 

"Did You guys see another race boat out here?"

Tom Widden to Committee Boat end of race 2, San Diego 95

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A friend of mine once said to me "isn't it highly dangerous drinking on boats?" To which I replied ..

 

"There's a golden rule when drinking & sailing that we live by. Remember this and it's easy. ..",

 

"air on the inside water on the outside", Remember that and it should be ok!

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"How's it feel to be dilly-dorked by a bargain-basement 30 footer?'

 

Ben Bax,(Tauranga) mid 80's, Sarney memorial race as he rounds first off Whangaparoa in Ross 930 "No Worries", well in front of the entire creme of Auckland's contemporary race yachts.

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"Whatever enchants, also guides and protects.  Passionately obsessed by anything we love - sailboats, airplanes, ideas - an avalanche of magic flattens the way ahead, levels rules, reasons, dissents, bears us with it over chasms, fears, doubts."

- Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever

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This one got quite a few cheers at the '92 Leander evening sherif session, after being overheard during a phonecall to his (overseas) brother:

 

"which side of the prod kite should be at the front? The long one or the short one?"

 

Suffice to say, Totally Wired didn't have their best ever regatta.

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