Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
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Had one this past weekend. It was our first sail in our new to us boat after 9 months of fixing, re wiring, re rigging, varnishing, and worrying. The wife and I just completed ASA 101 and 103 1 month to the day.
My wife and daughter were excited and I was nervous. The weather was perfect, Grand Traverse Bay, mid 70's with a nice 7-9 mile an hour wind. We motored for a bit, to get a feel for the boat and how she handled, took turns doing figure eights and seeing how long it takes to stop. Feeling more comfortable we raised the main and turned off the motor. My wife skippered the whole day while I did what ever she said. After about an hour of tooling around trying different points of sail and tacking and gibing we settled into a nice reach and relaxed.
My moment was looking at my wife with a happy smile, enjoying the day and seeing my 7 year old daughter sprawled out on a cockpit bench tapping here feet to the Jimmy Buffet she requested while telling her mom how this has got to be the best day ever. In that moment I knew all the work, worry and struggle to get a boat, fix it up and get out on it was worth every bit of it.
We were having so much fun we didn't want to quit so we got a transient slip, took the kid to her sleepover, and the wife and I had a quiet dinner and a great bottle of wine on our new boat. Got up the next morning and sailed some more. The second great part, wife asked when can we do that again.
Thanks sailnet for all the motivation to do this.