Well! Day 1 completed!! :-) I am geeked! What a blast! And I only bumped the dock
Well, day 1 of my class on Lake St Clair in Michigan was pretty sweet! Wind started out at 10 to 15 knots and waves were over 1 feet. Overcast the whole morning and rain was heading our way. We managed to get almost 4 hours of boat time before we were back in for lunch. The wind started picking up on our way back in and we had to roll the jib
in a bit. There was one point where we were heeled waaaaayyyy over!
I have to admit...I was nervous, but our instructor said we didn't have to worry until the stanchions and lifelines
were in the water
...rofl! We were on a Catalina
25 with 4 of us in the cockpit
. The 3 of us noobs were on the starboard side trying to lean as far out as we could! That was sooo much fun!!
After lunch the wind started gusting to 22 knots and it was raining, so we decided to stay in and do our "dock" work. When we were all done we got to take our first test that covered terminology, parts
of the boat, knots, rules of the road, as well as backing the boat out of our slip, running down the channel for a bit, spinning a u-turn, (is that the correct nautical term), and pulling back into the slip. We did this twice each using the little 9 hp Johnson outboard
. That had me nervous! The engine
needed a little tender
loving care to keep running, plus you had to turn that and the tiller at the same time, shift gears, blip the throttle to keep it running...argh!! I did ok I guess...just bumped the dock
on the starboard on my second time in. My instructor said it was still a good docking
. Oh, and I got 2 wrong on my written test.
How I could mix up the headstay and a halyard
...I'll never know. Ah well.
Day 2 was supposed to be today, but it looks like our teacher got food
poisoning from the restaurant at the marina. It's not surprising because we ate there too, and the food
was horrible! So, our day 2 will now hopefully be this next weekend, most likely on Sunday. I can't wait! This will be a mostly sailing day!! I'm a bit bummed because it looks beautiful outside right now. The forecast
"WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. MOSTLY CLOUDY...BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY DURING THE AFTERNOON. WAVES AROUND 1 FOOT."
That sounds perfect to me! Anyway, thanks for the encouragement everyone. I appreciate it! I think the sailing bug has bitten me...hopefully it's not too late in the year to get a bit of sailing in before all the boats are put up for the winter.
Oh yea, hey Ex-Calif...you were right! I'm sore! What's up with that!!
My neck and shoulders especially...I guess from staring at the top of the mast
for half a day!
Thanks again guys!!