This can't be good for me!
What you don't see in this picture is the probably lethal amount of bottom paint dust that the mask didn't prevent me from inhaling. Sanding the bottom of a racing sailboat is much more than cosmetic...it's an art form. If you want your boat to gain that crucial tenth of a knot advantage in a close race, you have to basically burnish the hard, copper-based anti-fouling paint on the hull to a mirror sheen.
I'm not that obsessive about it (yet), but I did make sure I put a nice finish on the wetted surface. When I invariably do poorly in races this season, at least I won't be able to blame the condition of the hull on it!
We'll finally be launching the boat later this week, and when the water warms up a bit and the weather gets nice and hot, I'll be welcoming a bunch of you nutty bloggers to sail with us.
To keep tabs on how the sailboat racing goes this season, please check out my sailing blog, "Team Full Tilt".