Learning The Ropes

Quartermasters Log Day 64, 5th August 2014

Last weekend Dave and I took a sailing class that certified us on a 25 foot Catalina sloop.  I had a lot of fun, even if I did get a little sunburned the first day.

While I wasn’t great at controlling the ship when I was at the till, I was told that I did an excellent job trimming and hoisting the sails.  Since that’s going to be my main responsibility on the Argo for now I’m satisfied with my skill level as we prepare o begin this journey.

I was able to get my sea legs pretty quick after boarding the boat and found even when we were idly bobbing and swaying in the water I had no issues with being seasick.  All in all, I think I did quite well. Although I’m still struggling a bit with the terminology, I now know how to handle the sails for the most part and could even dock or bring us out into the open water if the need arises.

Our instructor was an old salt that went by the name Idle Rich.  He’s a great guy with lots of fun stories and helpful information about sailing.  He’s an exceptional teacher, clear and direct with his instructions and knowledgeable enough to answer all the questions I came up with.  If you’re interested in learning something about sailing I highly recommend you check out his website HERE.

It was a great experience that renewed my vigor in this project.  I’m even more excited than before to get out on the water and fill our sails with the wind.

‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.’

-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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