What is luck?
Luck is a funny thing. What is it really? How is luck bestowed on its loyal subjects? Even for the most devout, vying for luck with their countless charms, rituals, and mantras… cries to the almighty gods to be on their side, their luck seems to turn. How come? What happened?! They did everything right, right?
When we are born, does our lucky star have a predetermined fixed amount? Can we run out of luck?
Things can go awry so quickly on a boat and the outcome can be downright disastrous. So let me speak for the both of us when I say how grateful we both feel for the soft lessons we’ve received this year and a half. Like hands-up kinda grateful. We’ve have been given the chance to deal with our issues in a non-emergent capacity and that is really incredibly awesome.
So, are we lucky?
Nerd alert 🤓- I’m mostly a “numbers guy.” If I had to quantify my luck ideology, it would be as such:
L = S ± (e ± C)
lol, imma nerd, and I like it.
Luck equals the probability of success plus/minus the outcome of energy (outside variables) and consequence of choice. The choices you make are only half of the equation. The forces upon you are the other. These determine your success, and therefore, your luck, good or bad.
This frees your mind. You are not the victim of your bad luck or your hero. You may get a nod by the gods for a poor choice that leaves you with success or not. Ultimately, the idea is your good choice will hopefully swing the numbers so high that you will come out on top.
It’s a no brainer.
However, there are some who like to test their luck, purely. This would mean starting off negatively or at zero at the very best! No, no… but we do wish those folks good luck. For us, we like a little more certainty in our uncertainty, ya know?
Thank Goodness for Soft Lessons
We are very fortunate to say, while the margins were smaller at times, we have had good luck so far… all soft lessons. This means we for the most part, the drama was low, and we were to learn a good lesson in a nurturing way. It also means we were able to look back and say, wow, that could have been way worse.
But what an amazing thing to say! All this great information to take to the next round. Go, go consequence of choice! (Assuming we stick to the most prudent choice, that is.) So grateful to be able to manage all this! Because it’s a lot, folks, a lot.
So what happened?
What kind of soft lessons are we talking about? What happened? Here are some of our soft lessons. All these were presented in a way that the drama was low (mostly), taught us a good lesson, and make for a great story. In sailing, there is no better way.
With a little team work, Matt, Sydney, and I were able to wiggle out… this is the short version.
NTS… Don’t anchor in rocks anymore.
Nothing went right that night, nothing. Poor conditions, after poor choices, which led us to pull an allnighter right back where we were, a beautiful 4 mile white sand beach… no obstructions. Night anchoring can be impossible at times.
NTS… Don’t anchor at night anymore.
~ Punctured a small hole in our gennaker
We couldn’t get the damn thing down after we saw the hole. We thought, well shit, either we are just going to sail on forever or we are going to be saying goodbye to this sail.
NTS… Need to reevaluate and practice our retrieval procedure.
One of the many gifts bestowed onto the sailor… fenders. No damage.
NTS… Keep a flying fender on hand. Use marina help on windy days, that’s what they are there for.