As a sailblogging community we should rise up and rename Tillerman the Puppet Master. Here he goes again, assigning homework and we all dutifully comply. No real objections here because his latest assignment, Simply the Best, allows me to revisit my favorite post of the year.
I have no idea if this is the "best" post of the year to the voters in the Tilley Top Ten Sweepstakes but it is, by far, my favorite. It's my only 2008 post (out of 191 and counting) that I actually copied and mailed to my non-sailing friends. It's the only one that I actually makes me smile every time I look at it. And, I do look at it a lot.
I did a lot of sailing this year, 35 days on the water and almost 2500 miles. This day, I didn't even sail. All I did was motor around the marina. Those fifteen minutes required years of preparation and have resulted in 3 sails with my young son since. But it's that day that I'll always remember as he finally just calmly sat there and realized that it just wasn't as bad as he thought.
Anyway, to complete the assignment:
This post is simply the best because it makes me smile.