Ok, day 2 is under my belt. Here was the forecast
for Lake St Clair for this past Sunday:
NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING VARIABLE 10 KNOTS
OR LESS. MOSTLY CLOUDY...BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY DURING THE AFTERNOON.
A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS...ENDING AROUND 2 PM. WAVES 1 TO 2 FEET.
It was bee-u-tee-full out! Perfect day, although they weren't kidding about the becoming variable 10 knots or less. It was more less rather than less more...or something like that!
Anyway, this sailing thing is AWESOME! I want my own boat so bad I can taste it! And it tastes a bit like seagull..weird. So, day 2...my buddy and I got to unzip, untie, unhook and unfasten everything that needed to be while at the dock
. Once we were ready, we cast off and our instructor took us out onto the lake. We switched on and off to practice coming about and jibing, and we also got to practice our hard stops and figure eights for man overboard
practice...it was fun! We got to do an almost "real life" man overboard
practice when our instructors hat blew over the side. He just said darn..oh well, but the rest of yelled, MAN OVERBOARD and we were able to do a hard stop and rescue
I think he got a kick out of that! We spent most of the day just tooling around on the water
, even though the wind
was sometimes nil...it was still fun. About 6 hours later, the wind
was close to non-existent, so we headed in to do our book work and take our written test. I managed to get just 1 wrong..a 99% WAHOOOO!
Weird thing is, I think I like handling the sails
more than being at the helm
. Fun stuff! 1 bad thing came out of this though. My buddy did some research
and he told me that boat loans, are a lot like house loans...you can get them for 15 to 20 years.. HOLY CRAP!! That means I can actually afford a boat!! Oh oh...I think I hear my significant other coming....ixnay on the boatnay...
Well everyone! I have to admit...sailing is a blast! I love being on the water
with only the wind moving me...I love the sound of everything! The waves, the water, the wind, the noise
of the sails
and the vibrating of the shrouds...I could definitely get used to this way of life....
Hope to see you soon...