I took the new sails out for some exercise this morning, camera in hand to capture the majesty of their stark white crispiness. I had a great time tooling around the circle, going back and forth to get pictures on both tacks. It is, of course, impossible to get good pictures of your sails singlehanded, but I was giving it a good effort.
I was sailing towards the pier on starboard tack and saw a J/24 beating out on port. Pretty close to a collision course, but I was pretty sure he'd pass my stern. Sure enough, he did by about 4 boat lengths. No harm no foul.
BUT I had my camera in hand so I thought I'd snap a picture once I was positive we'd clear. SNAP!
The guy jokingly yelled "Evidence!!!" (Non-sailor explanation: The joke was that I had right of way being on starboard tack and if he'd hit me it would have been his fault. It's not funny to non-sailors, I know that.) He obviously wanted some props that he was such a good sailor that he could come a few boat lengths from me. So, I jokingly yelled, "I was just getting a shot of YOUR FENDERS!"
His response: " AIIGGGHHHH!!!!" and then a very loud yell at his crew to get those fenders on board.
Now, I actually feel bad about that. How embarassing to have your racing (notice the bow-number) J/24 mocked by a guy in a Catalina 22. In front of your crew. While singlehanding. I feel bad, Mr. J/24 Number 4906, that was uncalled for but for the love of all that is nautical, get that crew in shape.