anigo: (boat swap)
Yes hello.

Raceweek starts tomorrow. I've already started posting pictures here. The more observant of you may notice a Tartan amongst the fleet. Also again with the webcam this year. You have to scroll down the page a bit.

Had other things to say, but god only knows what they were.

I'm sure they'll come to me and then I'll come back.

Edit: Stupid a href tags. One day I'll get them right consistantly.
anigo: (tiller)
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 [ profile] 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.

Ok, Gone.
anigo: (tiller)
Yesterday I raced. Saw 29 knots of wind which is a lot of wind.

Showed up at the Yacht Club expecting to see 25 knots of wind and to only have 5 crew. Got there, there was Shane and Thom. I said "Hiya. So, we got 25 knots of wind and 5 crew, huh." Shane said... Nope. We have 25 knots of wind and three crew.

So we picked up a fourth from the bar... Johnathan. And the four of us raced our 40 foot sailboat in a small craft advisory type race. FUN!

We didn't fly chute, but that's ok. It would have been tough. No, maybe not tough. It would have been positively horrifically frightening - particularly in those winds. (But I can guarantee if the fourth person on the boat was regular crew Thom would have made us do it anyway.) To put a spinnaker up these things have to happen: The spinnaker pole has to go up - this happens in the pit (me) The pole has to come back (Greg usually does this - but he's been in the Northwest Territories for the best part of the summer, so usually the guy on the Main (Don) or the guy flying the chute (pete) does this.) Then the spinnaker itself goes up - (me and shane) and gets flown (by Pete) and the jib comes down (me and shane again.) Thom needs to be steering the boat. All this happens really really fast. During a gybe set (my personal favourite) the boat gybes and then the spinnaker goes up. That happens really really fast.. like this: We go around the mark (usually with a bunch of boats within 10 feet of us) Thom calls for the gybe, the runners in the back of the boat need to be flipped over (by Lorraine) The main goes crashing over (Don) The jib needs to be gybed, (Pete and Greg, or me when Greg's not around.) Then the pole goes up (me) the pole goes back (greg/don/pete) the chute goes up (me and Shane) the chute gets flown (pete) the jib comes down (me and shane) and then we get set up for another gybe (which is another story again.)

So, take Don, Lorraine, Greg and Pete out of the above story. Replace Don with Johnathan and a Gybe set would have looked something like this: We go around the mark (usually with a bunch of boats within 10 feet of us) Thom calls for the gybe, I run back to the runners, and flip them over The main goes crashing over (Johnathan) I run back to the middle of the boat. The jib needs to be gybed, (me and shane) Then the pole goes up (me) the pole goes back (me/Johnathan) the chute goes up (me and Shane) the chute gets flown (?? - probably why we didn't fly the chute) the jib comes down (me and shane) and then we get set up for another gybe = which would never have been able to happen as the runners need to be flipped and the pole needs to go down and back up at the same time and, ladies and gentlemen, I may be good, but there's no chance in hell I could do that at the same time as the runners are at the very tippy tippy back of the boat and my office is in the middle. And I wonder why I'm so fecking bruised. So, we didn't do all that. We stuck with just a jib and a main, and even then we had to double reef.

But it's like a drug to me. I LOVE it. It makes me grin from ear to ear even when I'm being brusied and battered and having the skin ripped off my fingers. Afterwards we drank rum and ate popcorn and pepperoni. Shane and I (both dressed in full wet gear) played checkers with chocolates on a board I made with erasable marker on the deck (and laughed until I almost peed myself)

And that's the end of my story. Now. If anybody would like to come and crew with us, please contact me. It's much more fun flying a spinnaker than not.


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