The last video I managed to release while Franck Cammas and Co. on the Tour de France à la Voile were trouncing the rest of the fleet was about an ill fated attempt to go sailing… at any cost.  In this case, my sense of dignity.

It happened in Lorient.  I was approached by one of the captains from the joint Belgian/Martinque amateur program.  They were down one sailor for the Lorient to San Gill offshore leg.  Everything–or so I thought at the time–was contingent on losing an unhealthy amount of weight in ten hours; hence the title, "Control Freaks."

Here's the takeaway: DON’T expect to race in France (or anywhere in Europe) without a medical certificate and a license.  You can probably get away with a US Sailing or ISAF membership card for the license; just don’t forget the medical certificate.  Murphy’s law knows no borders.

Previous posts:

Digital Vagabond: Amateurs bring spirit to Tour de France à la Voile
Digital Vagabond: An American on the ‘Other’ Tour de France
Digital Vagabond: Cruise to Tabarca Islet
Digital Vagabond: Desperate Measures