Monday Night Sailing Club

 

 

So, yesterday was Monday and for the last couple of weeks I’ve been meeting up with some friends and attempting to go for a short sail. Two weeks ago was our first outing and it was pretty nice. Of the 5 of us on the boat only 2 of us had ever sailed before. So, the light winds provided perfect conditions for us to learn. Last week we ran into a fairly severe T-storm. We tried to go. We even made it as far as walking out the dock to the dinghy. However, right as we were making the decision to move out to the boat to see what was going to happen… a somewhat large bolt of lightning ripped through the sky not all that far away. At that time we retreated to the end of the dock to eat our chips and drink our beer and taken in the scene…

 

 

Unfortunately, we did not go sailing that night and instead headed back into town to grab ice cream with the wives and watched the storm roll in over the lake. Not a total waste of an evening… and what are you going to do when mother nature throws down like it did… not go sailing that’s what. 

Anyway, this past Monday Jason’s parents were staying on the boat and it ended up being just Jason, his parents and myself. I got the impression that they were still pretty new to sailing… not as green as myself, but not as seasoned as some. It’s nice being out with others that are learning as a lot of information is communicated that I think might get glossed over if the majority of the people on the boat knew what they were doing. Regardless… last night ended up being just about perfect. It was warm, sunny and we had about a 15-20 mph wind pushing us along. It was cool to see how different it was to handle the sails in the higher winds and how much the boat heeled over at certain times. The more time I spend on a boat the more I think about wanting my own. 

Well, I don’t know that we’re going to get a better night than we had this past Monday, but I’m going to keep on going so I can keep on learning. Maybe next week will be just as awesome!

Hope you enjoy the pics. 

 

Here you can see one of the other boats out on the lake with Camel’s Hump in the background…

 

 

 

Jason and his parents enjoying the conditions… 

 

 

 

A photo of Jason taking a photo of us with the boat heeled over pretty good… 

 

 

 

 Jason adjusting the jib…

 

 

 

Just ripping along… couldn’t have asked for a better evening 

 

 

 

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