We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Some people just can't get enough sailing. These folks were frostbiting last weekend in 23 degrees on a breezy Long Island Sound. Yes, there is a rescue boat in case you fall overboard or capsize - which sometimes happens.
Actually, sailing in the spring and autumn can be very refreshing. In the spring you're eager to get the boat out again. In the fall, you're reluctant to put it away.
I learnt one very important difference between the seasons...
In the spring, the only obstacles are the sections of the local lake which are still frozen. It's fun to sail along the frozen boundary and avoid the floating bits. The air is nice and warm.
In the autumn, the water spray saturates the sheets which can be very surprising when you release them and they are frozen in place ;-)