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Sailing Away – Not!!

November 20, 2010
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This weekend was a very long weekend, due to it being Eid; and Marc and I had planned to take a 5 day cruise to see if we can sail together alone for longer periods. Unfortunately, a large amount of the time when we do sail together, with or without crew, we end up fighting. Sadly, we did this time, too!

Fate was conspiring against us. We were due to set off on Tuesday, the first day of the holiday. But, with light winds forecast, and John Morley hosting a dinner party on Tuesday evening, we decided to hold back a day and work on the boat. On Wednesday, there was absolutely zippo wind, so we stayed in bed most of the day, getting up only to go cook breakfast at 2pm followed by a run to the hypermarket for victuals. So… Thursday arrived, and bright and breezy we set of for the Sea Club at 11am. To be met by a little bit of sarcasm from the Rear Commodore, who commented on it perhaps being a little early for us…

Anyway, we had a lovely sail out to Kubbar.

Marc in a hammock at night

Helming from the Hammock

The wind was still light, but we just chilled in our hammocks, with the spinnaker gently wafting in the breeze… And then disaster struck. We had a huge row taking down the spinnaker. I won’t go into details, enough to say it’s about a complete lack of briefings from the skipper, in an effort to encourage me to use my initiative , which leads to bollockings when I’m wrong.

So, we sailed back, blew the engine, moored at 3.40am, and didn’t speak for the next two days. So much for cruising the world together.  We can;t even make it around the islands!

Edit:  Thankfully, we didn’t blow the engine, we just ran out of fuel!!

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