I had a great sail the other day. I am organizing a class reunion for my 8th grade class. In the process I found out that a friend from gramar school
, boy scouts and high school
who I haven't seen or heard from in over 10 years was stationed at Coronado Naval Air Station. I called him and told him I was staying on my boat at Coronado Cays about ten minutes away from him. He invited me over for dinner. I called him back and said, "How about we go out for a sail instead?" I tlaked to his wife, sorted thru the problem of life jackets for the kids
and finally we had this conversation.
"Do you want to come over for dinner or go sailing? Which one is easier for you?" my friend asked.
"Two different questions. It is easier to come over for dinner but I love sailing."
are 5 and 8 years old."
"No problem. I really like kids."
It was settled. We go sailing.
As usual with kids everything ran late. I had the boat ready and the engine
warming up. I went to dump the garbage and decided to wait in the parking lot for them to show b/c it is a key in Marina. Well after a few minutes they show up. Two kids and Mom and Dad. Didn't really know what we looked like anymore. Anyway here we go. Got on the boat and his wife is the boat handler. She used to have a 24 foot sloop
. I explained to her what was going on with docklines. She understood and off we went.
Before we got the sails
up we ran into a Wed night race
. We had mark time before going into the channel. When we finally shut the engine
down man it was peacful. We reached along in between two fleets of race
boats slowing down so as not to overtake the stragglers. My frriend told me all about the different ships that were in the south Bay. Troop transports Helicopter capacity, jump jets and 2000 marines tanks
, and other weapons. Enough to take over a small country. My friend is a naval academy grad and flew helos. We saw a helo practicing SAR techniques and he explained to me everything that was going on and then some. We threw in a couple of tacks for good measure. Completely unnecessary. and then had a nice fetch back to the slip. My buddie and his 5 year old sailed straight down the channel. It did my soul good to listen to him explain the channel markersand make minor corrections to the helm
that his son held. I got the boat all ready to dock
. I sat the kids down and explained to them how nervous I got when docking
and that I would need their cooperation by being quite. They were. All sails
dropped and a very light breeze on the beam and I motored the boat right into the slip. I am trying a new technique where I tie a docking
line on my mid ships cleat and then lead it outside the lifelines
and back into the main winch
. When the line handler steps off the boat they drop the line over the stern most cleat and then I take up slack on the winch
. the boat comes to a complete halt and pushes right up against the bumpers and the dock
. Entered the slip. She got off boat stopped perfect. I stuck the boat in neutral and went to toss the bowline. the boat was drifting backward. bowline secured. well with no more forward motion the midship line slipped off the cleat . Wsn't a big deal I had a stern line rigged and ready. My buddy threw it to me and we secured the boat well. The boys were in charge of the flemmish coils. Lesson learned don't put the boat in neutral with this techniqueidle in forward.
An excellent dinner and a bottle of wine and it was almost nine oclock time for the kids to be in bed
. On the way up the companion way the youngest said. "This is the best boating
trip ever." Break my heart.