Posted by: Lara Ortiz | February 24, 2010

Sailboat Law: If you brought it, you will break it (Lessons Learned: Part Deux)

The first week we were here, one of our Aussie friends at TTSA told us, “One of the primary skills necessary when sailing long distances on a sailboat is knowing how to fix your sunglasses in myriad and sundry ways.”

I chuckled along and figured I knew what he meant. But after 3 weeks, I think I am beginning to gather the full picture that was lurking somewhere in the distance behind his offhand comment.

So far, Jason, John and I have either lost or broken the following items:

  • 1 pair of new Quicksilver flips flops (lost on a beach somewhere in Tobago)
  • 1 pair of Cobian flip flops (blowout)
  • 1 pair of 2-month-old Smith sunglasses (smashed in beach games, since soldered together by pressing superheated hinge into plastic, not too much worse for the wear, minus the bubbly plastic)
  • 1 zipper on a 2-week-old waterproof backpack (reattaching and sewing is in order)
  • 1 closure/compression buckle on waterproof duffel bag (buckle on order from England)
  • 1 roll-top compression packing bag (duct tape anyone?)
  • 1 long skirt with sequin details (sewing in the dark on a rocking boat really sucks, take it from me)
  • 1 cloth grocery bag strap (ditto on the last comment)
  • 1 dinghy, multiple punctures, now patched (apparently sailboats have sharp parts)
  • 1 serious dent and scratch in Jason’s new Olympus Stylus Tough camera, still working, but no longer looking new (told you J’Ouvert was wild . . . oh wait, we still owe you that entry!)
  • 1 fork from the boat’s cutlery (Monday night BBQ, someone must have walked off with it)

This may not be a complete list, but it’s what I remember, anyway.

Lesson learned: It’s not a matter of if it will die when you bring it on a sailboat; it’s only a matter of when.



  1. You will definitely be schooled in “hard knocks” before long. Super glue and duct tape can work wonders. Hang in there, it sounds like you are learning from some great teachers.

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