And first post for this journal. The year I learned to sail (long ago) I kept a journal where I logged every time I sailed. I logged the time, the weather, where I sailed, what I did, anything interesting, and what I learned. I plan to do something similar this year.
So, it was today, April 2, 2017, and I sailed a Cape Cod Mercury at Community Boating (CBI) for…oh, I didn’t look at the time, but surely no more than an hour. That was time to sail a beat between the nav buoys, sail the length of the basin, stop and adjust the outhaul along the way, and sail a circuit of the practice course on the way back in. It felt really nice to be on the water again. I sailed between about 3 and 4 pm (I think). It was green flag, mostly sunny, air 56F, NNW wind 6 mph with gusts to 12.
Probably the most interesting I noted was how well the boat moved through the water, having a clean and freshly painted bottom. As the boats sit in the water over the summer they build up a coat of moss, river sludge, and even a few barnacles, all of which makes them increasingly sluggish.
After sailing I sat in on a shore school class. My goal was to get a more complete idea of what is taught in shore school so that when I talk with new sailors or sail with them I can avoid confusing them with conflicting information. The students were amazing I thought, remaining attentive through the long class and asking good questions.
Then for the end of the day, a couple of pics.