Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Mate's Class - By Katlyn

Today was super exciting! It was Dad's first day sailing, and he absolutely loved it!  Since Emily and I are the only "experienced" sailors in our family crew, we all thought it would be a good idea for Dad to get a quick and dirty intro to sailing. (Because having only one adult on board who knows how to sail just sounds like a bad idea in general) Luckily, the Yacht Club where I took my fabulous ASA 101 and 103 sailing courses offers up private lessons (for a nominal moderate fee, of course).  So Dad, Emily and I (along with our Uncle Fred) headed to the marina to take our "First Mate Class."  It was a great lesson, and I think everyone learned something valuable.  Emily was our Helmsman (which she loved!) and did a fantastic job.  Of course, Dad and Uncle Fred both learned some of the basics of sailing, like points of sail, trimming the sail, procedure for raising and lowering the sails, etc. (All good things, all good things!) No surprised, they caught on really quickly and did an awesome job! That was lucky for me, because I realized how hard it is to actually skipper a boat! Its one thing to be able to sail (or kind of know what you're doing), its a whole different ball game when you are the one having to tell your crew members what to do.  Thank goodness for our superb instructor, Bill, who so kindly corrected me when I incorrectly told my crew to head up or forgot to tell them how to raise the main (you know, just little mistakes.....Ha Ha!)  All in all, it was a great day!  Dad is definitely 100% hooked on sailing and we all had a great time enjoying the beautiful afternoon breezes in Long Beach Harbor!  One thing is for sure: we are going to be getting in a lot more practice sails before Southwind is launched in a few months ... and we are all super happy about that!!

 Look how excited we are!

Uncle Fred got a picture of our picture!

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