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.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Matt's last sail

Well the time is near for Matt to be moving up to Valleyview, so we have to try and squeeze in one more sail before he leaves. 

It's another nice day, high 20's, mainly sunny and a decent wind. Of course we are hanging out at the south end of the lake again. You may think this is kind of boring, always being at the south end, but it is a pretty big lake and quite wide too. The scenery is good as well, so why not. Besides, I would hate to be way up the lake and then the wind dies. It must be a good day as there are two other sailboats out today as well, one smaller, the other larger. We all pretty much hang close to each other, perhaps gloating that the ride is not costing us a penny in gas money :-) 

We ended up working on our turns and just enjoying the moment. She is a peaceful day out on the water. We hang out here for about 3.5 hours today before turning the boat toward shore. Not a bad day at all.