Being one of the longest days of the year today , we decided to spend the evening sailing. We just got back from a fabulous sail on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, where we keep our boat on a buoy. Why is this in the Sailors Confessional? Well, we're a new sailor family
, and today we learnt that trying to drop an anchor
on a lee shore with Eurasian Millfoil will get you a massive ball of weeds (and I mean massive) around the anchor
that will let you slowly drag towards shore, and the weeds that didn't clog your anchor will be happy to tangle the prop, rudder
. Oh yeah, we learned about good and no so good ways to communicate in a stressful situation ...
After successfuly getting out of it all and a nice and slow sail back to the buoy just as the sun set, the kids
(2 and 5 yr/old) caught dozens of panfish, and me and the wife had a glass or two of wine. The youngest fell asleep on the boat for the first time, and the eldest 2 minutes after getting in the truck driving home.
What could be better than having a "learning experience" with the family
, and everyone eager to go sailing again? ( Except with now slightly improved anchoring