[This page first appeared on the Cinque Ports Model Yacht Club site. The
content is pure Larry Robinson.]
Sailors compliment each other in strange ways. The novice may easily be
mislead and not understand the true meaning of the apparent praise. As an aid to
those new to R/C sailing, we have put together a list of common verbal responses
to your doing well in a race or a series, and the true meaning of these
|"Good race!!" (with a pat on the back.)
||"You are not a threat, so I can afford to be magnanimous."
|"Good job" (said without emotion.)
||"I am a better sailor, but you beat me because I screwed up, so I
guess I have to be a good loser."
|No comment at all.
||"You have arrived. I expect you to do fairly well."
|"I question your changing ballast between regattas (or
||"You are advancing more rapidly than I think is appropriate and I
donít like it."
|"By the way, I donít like the way you use two different jibs with
one main (or whatever)."
||"You are getting close to the top. I've got my eye on you, and I am
just letting you know."
|"And while we're at it, I think your sails are illegal."
||Bingo!! These sailors are sure that you could not possibly be a better
sailor. They think you are winning because you are using methods that must
be illegal. These sailors have paid you the highest complement in sailing!
|©1999 Larry Robinson