Saturday, February 03, 2007

Saturday Sailboat Blogging

posted by The Sailor @ 5:28 PM Permalink

Suddenly last summer


At 11:15 PM, Blogger oscar wilde said...

Seeing the jenniker there reminds me of the one and only time I flew my spinnaker. I normally work on the theory that the best place for a spinnaker is in the bag, particularly if you're a single hander.

But fits of madness do come over us from time to time.
Now it was a big one, a mast header, no three quater jobby.

The wheather was grand, a steady three on the quater, so why not.
But as is the way of big sails they always seem to bring the wind.

The three increased to a four going on five, the boat was loving it and I didn't feel too shabby either.

Storming along as she was, it didn't take long in an ever freshening wind to cross courses with some fancy racing yacht comming upwind under a reef and working headsail.

By now yer man has figured out I'm on my own and he's having non of it.
A rapid knock on the coach house brings three crew on deck, out comes the reef and up goes a larger headsail.

By the time I pass under his lee, with the old girl chomping at the bit, he gives me a reluctant wave as we quickly put some distance between us.

I couldn't wait for him to disapear over the horizon fast enough, him probably thinking, "salty bugger," me thinking why on earth did he have to happen along when he did.

I would have had the beast down an hour before, but there was no way I was giong to look a complete eejit trying to wrestle that thing down in front of an audience.

Happy days.

At 8:03 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

I'm sorry. Was that in English??

At 11:56 AM, Blogger The Sailor said...

Nah, it was sailorspeak;-)


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