Friday on the lake it was standing room only, we had three Lasers, three Mirrors, a Topper, a Wanderer and a Wayfarer
Instructions offered to the inexperienced by the somewhat experienced included:
1. Sit on the opposite side to the boom.
2. That little bit of rope sticking out from the pulley at the back is the bit you should have hold of.
3. The little sail at the front is on the wrong side.
4. One of the ropes attached to the little sail at the pointy end should be loose, not both tight.
5. Pull the big sail in more, it shouldn't be dragging in the water.
6. Mind your head - Duck!
Considering how many people were on the lake we did quite well, the only person who hit anything was me when I was sailing backwards giving helpful advice (in my opinion), forgot I was backwards and turned the incorrect way, wallop. When I put that extra layer of epoxy on the boat’s seam I never realised how useful it would be.
The exciting bits were when Martin told Bob his boat was sinking, Milo had a little sail and Brian capsized. Brian had dressed for a stroll in the Alps, dungarees and a nice thick woolly jumper. This attire isn't ideal for water, I think he must have absorbed half the lake before trying to throw his sodden arms over the gunwale. We launched the rescue rowing boat but Mark had already arrived in his Laser and helped him in. Ian offered to row me, which was insult enough but then the Wayfarer rammed me on the way back, I think Jacqui was helming.
Chris sailed her Topper confidently it makes such a difference when someone hasn't trashed all the bits, Jan called starboard but no-one knew what she meant and Phil just dodged everyone successfully. We are so good when there is little or no wind!
Next week its the river - if the weather is OK. The intention is to sail around checking the position of buoys, so experience sailors would be welcome especially if they come bearing Wayfarers or Wanderers.
See you then!
An evening session for the faint hearted racer or totally confused adult sailor:
Protest flags not required! See you there,
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