These two artists are the unwitting and asynchronous Butch and Sundance of survival and success.
Adam’s iconic book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, offers the ongoing thesis, panic will get you killed — “Don’t Panic” is in fact close to, if not the core, of cosmic knowledge. A close encounter with Heifetz is the [apocryphal?*] origin of, “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” “Yes,” said Heifetz. “Practice!”
As winter slips its cold then wet clutches from us, we would do well to remember panic does kill, and practice reduces the likelihood panic will be our first response to critical stress. I found when I was officially a “learner,” practice was both natural and a key to short-term success. As I grew more experienced across a variety of fields, practice drifted into something I really should get around to.
Fortunately, the infusion of new technologies into cruising has returned me to “learner” status in some areas. But there are others that have received far too little attention. Readers can make their own lists, but mine for this year will include:
- Going in the water with an un-inflated vest
- Orally inflating it
- Crew overboard drills
- Lifesling retrievals
- Coming back aboard with the vest on (many have removed them, fallen back in and drowned)
- Getting back into the RIB wearing sodden clothing.
- And so on…. (there’s close to 40 things on the list, and there are few already done–life-raft deployment, etc)
This way should these things be necessitated by mischance, I will be p***ed off, even scared, but, I won’t be trying to mentally sort the basics out while in survival circumstances.
Heifetz quote is attributed to Bennett Cerf in 1956
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