LEG 1 TRAINING WEEKEND 8/9 MAY 08
The build up training that we have endured so far, has consisted of being cold and wet most of the time. Fighting to get your oillies on and off at watch change, with the added fun of being thrown about in a force 8 gale. This weekend has proven to be the opposite, lovely flat seas with a light breeze and a gentle swell. With the sun shining all week end! This time it was putting the sun cream on every couple of hours and having the privilege of cooking on a flat cooker!!!
wind we still got loads of good training in, with anchor drills. A refresher of
bring the yacht along side. This was nicely done by the Mate Terry. Once clear of
picked up the anchor we headed for Cowes for the night “Stu the
student” or “tape worm” as he has become
affectionately known managed to prepare (under close instruction from Rachel)
scrummy fajitas in a very hot galley.
Once we had moored safely in
By 0700 on Sunday morning
we were all well ‘lubed’ up as protection against the hot May sun. After a deck
picnic breakfast we set off to
And from Terry Hackett (our guest Mate for the weekend) …
Reflections from the outside….
I was fortunate in having a SPS study day cancelled at late notice, so I was able to come along as mate for my first time on a CH 67, and a more significant first, the privilege of sailing with Windy for the very first time.
The boat was kept busy alongside with a refresher on the anchor; how to
get it out from the forepeak and into the roller and the boat was prepared for
sea. I got my hands on the helm for
the first time as we came off the pontoon and back on again. As the winds were to light to sail it
was decided to give the crew chance to helm the yacht picking up a buoy. Even in light winds, remember the wind
line – don’t hoof it up wind! We
then set off to
Never one to sit around, there then followed a lesson on rigging the pole. The three man lift was simple enough in a mill pond. As the trip up will not be a race you will not have the delights of rigging whilst on the beat ready to round the mark and will get chance to do this for real in slow time, just remember the front end can bite. There are 7 bits of string that control the kite, add the thee for the no 1 that is 10 in total. Flying the kit will be fun, just remember to keep them all in board if the skipper starts the iron sail.
Anchor up and into our reserved slot in
Next morning I took the yacht off the pontoon and we headed over to Browndown to play chase the buoy again before returning to the pontoon with Rachel at the helm.
I last saw the crew on the selection weekends and it was good to see
first hand how they had developed.
Next time they board the boat it will be for three weeks of 4 on 4
off. In sailing, you never go to
sea without learning something and at the start of your sailing life, it can
seem overwhelming. Richard and
Windy will bring you back safely.
Listen to what you are told and ask if you do not understand. Within a few days the rhythm of the sea
will settle things down. If you see
something that needs doing, do it, don’t wait to be asked. Take every opportunity to learn about
the boat and sailing and I will see you on the pontoon as