Dave Barry, Watch Out
We sailors rarely have to defend our sport because, well, we avoid arguing with nonsailors. Still, the occasional skirmish does occur, usually within range of a glass of something. A bargument, says Doug Hanks, is a debate with no right or wrong answer, simple enough to discuss after three beersfor example, Who would win in a war between California and Texas?
When Hanks met up with humorist Dave Barry and his wife, Michelle, at a Coral Gables, Florida, pub to test out the issues posed in his new book, Barguments, a collection of what-ifs, Hanks came out swinging in defense of his sailboat. The bargument posed: NASCAR is more of a sport than sailing. Barry agreed, spilling the ensuing debate onto his blog. One defensive sailors post: Driving fast and turning left I do that all the time.
Whats the logic behind Barrys rebuff? If you screw up in sailing, the sail luffs, he said. If you screw up in NASCAR, you die. Michelle, a Miami Herald sports writer (i.e. authority), stood up for sailing. To me, if its more physical, its more of a sport, she said. NASCAR is really intense, but youre sitting.
The Barguments book deal came about after a sail with my future agent on my Pearson Ensign, Hanks says. He was skeptical at first, then came around after a nice upwind leg.