I bought a dingy before I hit my teens.
It was an 8′ GRP; I used her on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, in the summers, until I left home.
She looked a lot like this:
Years later, no longer in my teens, I learned to sail.
I learned serious racing and blue-water sailing in a 36′ yacht, a Sigma:
I loved the Sigma.
Stripped down, as you’d expect a racer to be, she was fast, nimble, responsive; everything a serious racing yacht should be.
They say you should never go back to an old flame.
But are they always right?