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There is nothing like the real thing

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 20 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1346
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    I have been involved in competitive sailing for years. Equipment, tactics, team psychology, logistics, nutrition, medical support—I can discuss all these and give you my measured and informed opinion. Give me a team trip to organise or a race strategy to review and I can throw my weight around. For I have seen it all either from the harbour, through my binoculars, or up close from a judge’s boat. But this week was the first time I had competed. And, believe me, nothing had prepared me for the real thing: …

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