Wow, what a busy weekend. I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday!
On Saturday I headed over to the boat club and prowled the docks. I came across a nice lady washing her windows and introduced myself. We had a very nice, very long talk – and by the end of it she offered me a Sunfish sailboat that wasn’t being used.
The one offered, of course, needs rehab. I won’t know how much till I see it, and I hope to by next weekend. I ‘ve been told it needs tires and a sail.
Then my lovely neighbor got me a parking spot for it in the condo where I’m at. (For free!) I’ll be able to sail right from the beach here. Can’t wait!
On Sunday I headed back to the club and hung around, hoping I could catch a sailboat ride. The boat school was scheduled to take students out and I at least wanted to see them head out. I walked into the club room and introduced myself as I’m wont to do. In a moment (without my prompting) I was asked if I wanted to sail! I thought long and hard about it, and 2 milliseconds later I said yes. A sail school student didn’t show up and there was an open spot.
The wind was blowing at about 15mph with gusts to 17. I was told that’s the limit for the club boats to go out. So for 3 hours we cruised back and forth across the bay. The student practiced the manuever to circle back and pick up a man overboard. I ran the jib sail (The little one in the front) most of the time, but I did get to man the tiller (The steering device) for part of it. Fun, fun fun!
One thing I noticed afterwards, was that while out there, I didn’t think about any other crap going on in my life. It was just the wind, sun, water, waves, and sailing. It was SO relaxing. I hope I get to do that a LOT more.
Also, tonight I finished week 3 (of 13) in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating course. It was about terminology, types of boats, and choosing the right power boat for your needs. I think the lesson was a little lost on me. I knew all the terms, it’s sails all the way for me, and I’m not about to buy a power boat. Next week is boating equipment. That should be better.
Things are looking up in the sailing department. Job is going well too.