Damn, I've sailed so much over the past couple of days I feel like I'm still moving with the swells even though I'm sitting here at my desk. (Oh, did that sound like a bad thing? It's not!)
Thursday I raced with Shane on his boat. (Sorry fyremaven
, nothing noteworth there) There were four of us and Shane was the driver. That left three of us. And I got to do FOREDECK! YAY!!!!!!! I LOVE foredeck. I haven't done foredeck since before I came on Thom's boat. Foredeck is the person who does all the stuff in the front of the boat. Attaches the sails, helps put them up, does all the stuff on the front of the boat for the spinnaker... It's SO INTENSE! I love it. I used to know how to do end for end gybes, but like I said, I hadn't done them for ages, so the first one we did wasn't very pretty. Luckily there wasn't a tonne of wind and Shane's a pretty good driver so pretty or no, it ended up ok, and they got better from there on in.
Saturday was an awesome race on DML. **Thinking
** Oh yeah. We put the good sails on, had enough crew, it was super sunny, not a tonne of wind (more which would have been nice) and a fairly short course (which could have been longer) raced well... and hung out on the boat for a good long time afterwards.
Today was an outer islands race, so it was LONG. We were short on crew because it's not a "regular" race, and no Shane. Which was kinda meh... but that meant there was no foredecker... so guess what. I GOT TO DO FOREDECK ON DML!!!! WOOO FREEKIN' HOO!!! And I was frightened!!! Luckily there wasn't a lot of wind and Thom wasn't expecting to do well in the race (being super short crew and all) so he gave me lots of time to figure it out. It's quite different from little boat foredeck. On a little boat, for spinnaker runs, you have a pole - and one end attaches to the mast and the other to the sail. When you gybe, the end of the pole that's attached to the mast gets un-attached and re attached to the opposite side of the sail. Then the pole that was attached to the sail before gets unattached from the sail and attached to the mast. Badaboom badabing. That's called an end-for-end gybe. Dance me Loose doesn't do end for end gybes, they do dip gybes. The pole is permanently attached to the mast, so the pole needs to be unclipped from the sail, dipped down to clear the forestay and reclipped to the other side of the sail. I'm just about bouncing out of my chair even thinking about it. Sailing rocks. Sailing as a foredecker rocks10
And now I'm big time sunburned (despite SPF30) and have some wicked-assed bruises all over, am incredibly happy, and shortly I will be going to my swimming lesson.
Oh, speaking of. This week I ran/walked 5k three times, sailed hard three days, and now am going to my hour long swim lesson, and I am STILL gaining weight - even while watching my food intake. And I am going to personally stand up, hop on a plane and bitchslap the first person who tells me its muscle. With the amount of physical activity I'm getting in over the past couple of weeks I should be starting to look like Ms. Schwartzeneger (and I don't mean that big cheekboned chickie... I mean Mr. S's sister or something)
Oh man. Sunburn's starting to hurt. I bet the cold pool water's going to either feel great or like a real bitch. Were I a real betting person I'd probably put my money on the bitch part.