Saturday, August 29, 2009
We had a good time messing around. Mark asked Brenda to leave about 5 ft of line on the furler... What better way to determine just the right length?
Bob & Kay's dog Hammisch (spelling?) went nuts when Mark moved the dinghy. He wanted to GO! Hammisch was made famous in a recent Noah's Arc Article in Latts & Atts.
After the Skipper's meeting and a trip to the grocery store for provisions... we were ready to set sail.
We milled around trying to plan our strategy in the light air. It's always a challenge, and especially so on a 40 ft cruiser.
We had a new couple on board today. Don and Kathy, who are recently returned from a 6 month cruise. Their boat is on the hard in Florida awaiting their return. They were so nice and much help. Don really knows his stuff and Kathy is no slouch either. We extend an open invitation to sail with us any time!
The start was uneventful... it's hard to get to the line in a frenzy in this light air. We made the mark and set out with hope for a good race.
I'm on a new blood pressure medication that keeps me tired and dizzy all of the time. I set myself up as official photo- grapher and had few duties outside of that and a couple of wench releases when my bossy husband ordered me to get off my ___ and do something. I was counting daisies out in left field when I was accosted by this bee (of all things out in the middle of the bay) that seemed to be attracted to the flowers on my shirt. It took quite a while for him to decide there was no nectar here and leave me be... (pardon the pun).
While I was so occupied, the crew was busy trying to get every bit of speed out of the sails.
Brenda and Kathy made a great team on the cabin top and had their jobs down to a science.
It was a long slow race but we had clouds to keep us cool. It was quite a pleasant time out on the water with the best view in town.
We finished the first race and had gourmet sandwiches in the cockpit then milled around until the start of the second race. We got a brilliant start on this on in even lighter air.
Right behind us after we crossed the line and set off... there was a close battle going on. Of course these always look much more harrowing than they are... Oh and the sun came out!
Happy days! Except that with the coming of the sun, we had the going of the wind. It was hard to imagine that it could drop any more... but it did.
We came to a stop out in the bay and just sat around looking at each other. Some boats would move along slowly in the little puffs... our crew worked hard to catch any little bit of wind that came our way.
The bay was nearly like glass!
Finally the winds began to fill in a bit and we were able to get around the course. We had some close calls at the marks. It was suddenly a bit more exciting.
Our friends Jacque and Steve were aboard Susan II. They rounded the mark and came up on our stern. We talked some ___ as did they. It was all in good fun. Steve is very serious about racing at all times. I watched as he tweaked and worked the sails and got this nearly identical boat to sail right on and pass us to the next mark. Good job Steve!
We finished the second race and made it back to the slip by about 5:15. There was a party and dinner beginning at 6 pm so Bruce and I didn't spend too much time hanging out at the dock. We ran home to shower and change and made it back to the Club just in time for the dinner. Our Commodore had left an able crew behind to cook all day. The result was a fabulous brisket dinner. Thanks to all who slaved while we drifted around all day.
We ended up with a Third Place trophy for our efforts. We had a wonderful day and met a great couple of sailors, as well as enjoying the company of our good friends Mark and Brenda, who as always, were the heart and soul of hospitality. Thanks for another great day on the water!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
We watched as Jacque...
And Steve zipped back and forth inside the breakwater.
Jacque is getting to be pretty proficient at this. She is new to sunfish racing but I couldn't tell it. She came back to shore and Bruce and I drove over to the boat ramp to socialize.
It didn't seem as if there was much organization out there. At one point we looked out and saw that there was something going on that looked like it could have been a "start". This had to be Steve's influence. He'll get them in gear.
Back on shore, there was much storytelling going on. This always happens when you get sailors together.
There were a couple of late arrivals. Susan and Lori looked like they were in a race of their own. Maybe it's better that way. These girls are really GOOD!
Bruce and I left there to go hang out on the back porch of the BYC. We had brought along some bevereges and they were calling us. We had some relaxing to do.
Aaahhh... it was so nice up there. We had the whole marina at our feet, the winds were cool and dry... the temp was mild. We had the place to ourselves. It was heaven!
We stayed until it started to get dark and the final boat came in. It was a pleasant way to spend a weekday evening.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Mark and Nate went straight for the water while Laura and I headed for the lunch. I was starving and she was nice enough to hang out with me. We had a nice chat and a great burger... eat your heart out Bruce! Mark ate the leftovers!
The sand was hot and I think I burned the bottoms of my feet on the way in so Laura shared a shoe. (shown here Laura top two, Tammy bottom two)
She demon- strates here how when the foot with no shoe gets too hot... you can give it a rest and wait until it stops sizzling, then continue on your way. What a great gal.....
Once we joined Mark and Nate on the beach, I wasted no time making my sand castle. However, I was unprepared and had no tools. It looks a bit primitive but I'm proud of it.
Mark got a little out of control with the application of the sunscreen. He practices the "Karl Method" we all know and love.
He was mouthing off to his wife which gave me the opportunity to smack him on the head. Man that felt good! We both needed that!
Things settled down and I got some sunbathing done. Ahhh the day was perfect! It was fine until I had to move my towel because the water was coming closer and closer. I think my sand castle is in peril.
Our little surfer dude had a blast. He found a friend on the beach and when that kid left, he had no problem entertaining himself. Laura hung out with him for a while too.
When Mark went out into the surf to play with Nathan, I got busy scratching out a message for some photo fun. Laura picked right up on it and got busy helping me out.
We probably spent half an hour working on this masterpiece for my ungrateful little brother. But it was fun. Well, it was getting late and we were showing signs of sunburn so we packed it in. Thanks Mark and Laura for getting me out of the house today. I wish my husband was home!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I finally left there because nobody showed up. I drove past Steve's house and long story short, ended up riding back to the marina with them in their new truck. (nice ride) Jackie stayed ashore with me and we watched Steve fling himself around. He is like a little kid whipping around on that boat.