This last weekend I had the opportunity to take my 16 year old nephew out for a very short sail in both our 10' Catboat ( our tender) and our Ingrid 38.
was just perfect although the wind
was extremely light. We had no sooner raised all the sail that we have (no spinnaker
or anything like that) before we had to turn back for the marina. We had made about four miles outside the bar. The water
was about as flat as it gets on the Oregon
coast - maybe two foot swells and one foot wind
waves. The sun was shining and by 09:00 it felt like it was 75F. The only thing that we could have asked for was more wind
Well, my nephew has never been on a boat
out in the ocean before and never sailed at all. He said he did feel a bit seasick and was soon down below laying down. I felt a bit bad about that on an introduction
to sailing like that. The bright side was that all five of our kids
(three to twelve years old) had a blast and were very sorry when we had to turn back. They were so much looking forward to seeing some whales and dolphins
. (they did get to see one dolphin).
After returning to the marina my nephew felt a bit better (he was not the reason we returned) and I asked him what he thought of sailing. He said that he enjoyed it and hoped to do it again only for longer. We talked and he would like to find a sailing school
in the East bay as close to his home as possible (he lives in Livermore, CA and does not drive yet).
If anyone can give us some suggestions for a sailing school
(small sailboats like an Opti or something might work
well) we would really appreciate it.