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What a day!!

Hey friends at Sailnet,

Arrived just now from a wonderfull day at sea with my Son Fred. (He is getting real good)!! And provides a lot of "pointers"!!! too!!

Near the coast 18kts.

25 to 30kts at 10 miles out, steady wind!! (I know the right spot!!!)

What a day. Man, that tasted good!!
Took some photos and posted them in Memebers gallery under Giulietta. Somehow I can't put them here I don't know why.

Got a little for everyone!! from wet rails at 11kts to calm sailing!! Have a look, please. Tell me if you liked seeing Portugal from the Sea!! When I was there, as promised I thought of all of you that can't sail because of weather or other!

I will upload more soon.

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Nice pictures G. Just wondering though, we know you're teaching Fred how to sail......but have you taught him how to take care of all that teak yet?

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Wonderful photos, beautiful boat and it looks like you and your son are having a blast! I'm very jealous, here in upstate New York in 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit weather!

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Nice pictures G. Just wondering though, we know you're teaching Fred how to sail......but have you taught him how to take care of all that teak yet?
P, regarding the teak, believe it or not, all I do is wet it with salt water once a week. No chemicals, no washing, nothing, just sea water. Its silver now.

Fred learnt to sail some time ago, he is now in what he calls "perfecting" it!!! Whatever that means in his mind
But like any 9 year old, every now and then, he "flips" and starts doing weird things, like climbing inside the lazy bag, looking for stuff, and does that for like 15 minutes, then comes back and either says he's hungry or "give me the wheel"!!

labatt, some time ago I said that I would go out and once out, think of you guys, (you were there, too, ok??).

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Some great shots - one lucky kid

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Great day of sailing G . . . especially like the shots of wetting the rail. My wife freaks every time I do that - but not my son & daughter. I know the joys you are going through - although, your boat is definitely faster.

What's uncanny is your very close resemblance to a long-time friend, nick-named Cap. Looking at your photos, I'd swear it was him at the helm. I too am envious, since True Blue is now on the hard until April.

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TB????!!!!??? is that you??? it is me CAP!!!!

Where have you been??? I live in Portugal now, and bought a REAL boat, and sail the REAL seas!!! (man these guys here are VERY VERY good sailors)!!!

Now seriously, my rails are easy to get wet, because my free bord is relatively low, specially in the rear and my beam is 14.7 feet !! Its normal when it heels too much to see the water flow thru the deck, around the shrouds area and into the side seat of the cockpit, and out thru the stern. Never inside the cockpit tough.

With this boat its very easy to do it, (if you let it,- BIG sail- ehehhe), but it slows down, obviously. Happens more when alone with the kid as I am shorthanded, and blows higher than 18 to 20kts.

Luckily, my wife is already used to it. When she started sailing I told her that, "water on the side" was normal.... she believed it....till today. In the summer, she sometimes seats on the low side to get wet!!!

As for the kid, he spends more time in the water with his optimist than sailing, so he thinks its normal, too!!!
Guess I'm lucky!!
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You're a lucky man Giu! Great pix!
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TB, I was talking with my wife about your wife not liking the wet rails, she said, send her over for a crash cure. We'll fix it for you!!

We had a friend that can't swim, one day we invited for some sailing. Started OK, but towards the afternoon, the Nortada (north winds that blow almost every day from 4 pm till 6:30 pm, at 25kts), hit us, which is good for us, but the friend was really scared. Not so much the heeling but the sight of water being so close to the deck (as she said). I sat her on the low side, and really hit it strong. After 1/2 hour she was OK, understood the "heels but does not capsize" thing, and today its a welcome visit. Still can't swim, haven't figured out that one, but..... maybe if I throw her overbord with out a life vest she will learn.... worked with the heeling.
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Nice photos... glad to see your son is finally going to teach you how to really sail too.

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