Saturday, 28 June 2008
I AM SAILING STORMY WATERS.... WELL JUST A BIT OF POETIC LICENSE GOING ON HERE!
I've just treated myself to a glass of champagne,for being a clever girl!
Why? Cause I've just spent the day learning to sail.
It has been a terrifying and exhilarating day.
I have been in control of the gyb sail, I have taken the helm. Crewing is definitely easier than being at the helm.
If you are crewing you get to sit in the same place, sometimes leaning out of the boat and sometimes putting all your weight forwards, depending on how the boat is in the water.
There have been 5 of us learning today and I was teamed up with a 17 stone rugby player. I'm 9.5 stone dripping weight. So him plus the instructor in a Laser 2000 made for some interesting hanging out when my co learner was at the helm. Cause when your at the helm guiding the tiller, you have to change sides of the boat depending on where the wind is blowing.
When I was at the helm the boat was more evenly balanced as the other two were either side of the boat. I slipped once and landed on my bottom in the bottom of the boat. I tried inadvertently to capsize us once when I forget to let go of the ropes holding the main sail. I spent most of the day with wet feet in my pumps and a soggy bottom in my shorts.
It is an amazing experience going what felt very fast across the water, although no doubt wasn't by any experienced sailors standards!
It felt utterly horrible this morning when every time I had to tack (turn the boat round) I kept watching what I was doing and then making a balls up of it. Although not such a bad one for a beginner. But this afternoon I got that you had to watch where we were going and then using the tiller came naturally.
This morning our instructor had us standing up in the boat and ducking when the boon came over. This afternoon's instructor made us sit in place till the boon had moved then changing sides. Much easier, but it felt good to have got a measure of balance and know that I could stand up without falling in!
Being in a small sailing boat is like riding pillion on a powerful motorbike, learning to move with the machine without thought, but going with the flow.
So right now I'm excited about going back next Saturday...... whether I'll stay that way through the week remains to be seen.
Can't stay here any longer gotta go practice tying bowline knots!!!!