Sailing again

So in the last year I’ve been leaving to sail, yachts that is. I used to sail dinghies when I was young, earlier by being in Sea Scouts (1st Rhu), later by having a Topper to sail when we lived in the lake district.

Back to recent events, first in August ‘09 I went to Gibraltar to try it out, doing a Competent Crew RYA course with Trafalgar Sailing. I enjoyed it so much I figured I’d go on to try to get certification so I could take a boat out myself. In October I started on my Day Skipper Theory, doing it weekends in Greenwich with OnDeck. Then at the end of the season (3rd November, Brrr) I went out for a weekend with a club that were doing an introductory weekend.

So later today I’m going to start my Day Skipper practical in the Menai straits, North Wales, with Plas Menai. I met the nice people from Plas Menai at the Southampton boat show and they were very friendly, so I have high hopes. The only worry is that Windfinder has winds predicted for Monday (tomorrow) and Tuesday at 27knots (Force 6-7, 31mph) , Met Office saying it will be gusting to 45mph Force 8, aka Gale. So that’s either going to be worrying or stop us going out.

Well, I’ll try to take pictures and put them up on flickr with the tag sailing


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