Saturday, 30 August 2008

Sailing withdrawal

It's been a busy past month with us taking in the Kokanee Summit, helping Matt move, then checking out Tom Petty at the Gorge at George. Then we have a bunch of rain and Cheryl has a bunch of work to catch up on. I did spend a day out on Duck Lake with Nathan, Cheryl's other nephew in town, doing a little bass fishing.

But near the end of the month Cheryl and I finally had a day in which we thought would be good for sailing. Remember that rule, check for waves on the boat launch before setting up the boat. Hmmm, the waves are kind of strong and look at the whitecaps across the lake. There isn't much wind either, obviously the waves are still from the strong winds that we had in the morning. We decide to just hang back a bit to watch the lake and a few other boats on the water. It does look rough out there, but it does seem to be calming down, so we decided to rig up the boat. 

Once we got out of the harbour the waves were fairly big, but they were just the big rolling type with no whitecaps. We get the main sail and jib up so easy this time, wow, are we getting better at it? Perhaps. The wind is pretty good, we are moving along at a good pace, which is good. The weather is partly overcast and you sure felt the temperature drop when the sun went behind the clouds. Actually, even the water was much cooler today after all the rain and cool weather we have had during the last two weeks. After close to an hour the wind seems to be calming down, but of course now it seems to be swirling around from all directions. 

We spend about 15 minutes dead in the water before things pick up again and we end up getting another half hour of sailing in before the wind dies again. Cheryl decides to lay out on the seats and soak up some sun. There isn't much work to do when the wind dies. It finally picks up again but this time I point the bow toward shore, that will have to do for today. It was a pretty good day.

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