Sailing is a LOT of Fun!
Woohoo. Today is the ‘monniversary’ of our cruise! We caste off one month ago today, and it feels like we only just started! To celebrate, Kiera made a chocolate brownie cake with Zain and her brother, a couple of kids who live in the flats here. I came back to the boat and crashed. Took a few photos of my view – firstly my bruised up legs (from the Q’BA sailing), and then the cheeky gull who keeps perching (and screaming) on our pulpit to tease the dogs. Never heard such a racket in my life before!
Today’s Q’BA sailing was difficult. I wasn’t able to sail with the girls again, since they were on the bigger boats – with three to a boat (four on one) on boats which were designed for two! So I took a Q’BA and joined the boys – who invited me to join in with their game of tag. The first game went well, I was in until the last – ie, I came in second place – but the next few games were a little disastrous. Mainly because I kept tipping my boat over.
Well, once by mistake during a gybe when I wasn’t focussing; once was an almost which I saved by leaping on the hull, once was a penalty for hitting another boat who was on starboard tack (although I think it was a little unfair of him to change course when I was heading to pass him by and wollop him with the frog – very unsporting in my mind). Third time over was a surprise – I was beating – and when my sail touched the water the hull refused to come back down even though I was easing the main AND heading up. That was a bugger to get up, cos the boat was getting heavy.
Then finally, during a race, after a really appalling back of the field start, I managed to overtake two at the first mark, hold good on the run – but then on the beat I caught up with the rest by simply holding a higher course. I was steaming! And then I tacked too soon in my excitement – hit the mark, took a 360 and capsized during that gybe too! That was a bugger to get up. It was heavy – full of water. The instructor had a problem also when trying to lift my mast – so he took the others back in and then came out again for me. I HAD managed to lift the boat once, but it went right over the other way. So we switched places – I went in the rescue boat, and he came on the Q’BA. And got it up. Then it went straight over the other way! Then agreed maybe it had a lot of water in it!
So, all in all a good morning, but I was sooooo tired from all that heaving myself up, I decided to take the afternoon off, and stayed in the hammock, after a really tasty helping of herrings in mustard and dill sauce which Kiera had kindly knocked up for a massive lunch!