Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Great Sail Day!

The second day in a row that Louy and I went sailing. Light overcast skies with a 10 km constant breeze. Sunny & warm to boot. Today we sail at nice constant speeds with a chance to do some practice maneuvers; jibe, tack along with the man overboard rescue moves. The stronger winds had both Louy and I leaning right over the edge of the boat. The the crazy part is that I could see the centerboard when leaning over that far. Kind of freaky and fun at the same time. It was my first time leaning the boat over so far that the gunwale was actually at the water level. I was hanging on to the rudder stick pretty hard and we were just flying along the water at a very good speed. 

After being on the water for over an hour, Louy thought it might be a good idea if I practiced what to do in case of a man overboard. He tossed one of the floats into the water. I waited until I got far enough away to turn and then head back toward the float. The first try I drove right over it with the boat. OK lets try again, missed. The third time I finally was able to grab the float. Good thing the man overboard was a good swimmer in warm water ha-ha. That whole process was done by me alone, Louy sat and watched and said nothing. Just the way it would be in a man overboard situation. 

OK, back to some fun again. Well, at least that is what I thought. Louy was making sure the boat was really leaning this time. I think he was trying to capsize the boat. Another situation that I should practice, but I wasn't in the mood for it today. After a few close moments Louy said that he didn't think this boat would actually capsize - I thought differently. Sure there is no transom at the back of the boat and the water just rolls down the deck and right back into the water, but you get a strong gust of wind with a guy with not that much experience, I am sure it can capsize :-) 

Anyway, we sailed around Kootenay Lake for a while longer, a total of approximately 3 - 3.5 hours and then headed into shore. Louy wanted me to drop him off on shore so I could go back out alone and he would get a bunch of pictures of me. A few of them turned out, many didn't. I guess I should have gave Louy a little lesson on the camera before heading back out onto the lake. Today was the first time actually bringing the boat into the dock under sail power only, no motor. Not bad for a rookie.


Blogger T said...

Nice test on the man overboard. I guess Louy is a good teacher. Now I feel ok about going on your boat someday haha

03 September 2008 14:35  

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