Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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First sail of 2011
After two weekends of commissioning, one weekend of graduations and a weather grounding, we finally got our first sail in on Sunday. Our original plan was to be sailing by May 1, maybe next year.. It was sunny, about 60 degs with about 7kts of wind. We only sailed down to Dutch Harbor, dropped the hook for lunch and had to motor back in 2kts of wind. Glorious.
But where is everyone? Except for the dinghy race, there was only one other sailboat in the entire West Passage and they were motoring. I will bet it was to get from winter storage to their summer mooring. Even the marina is less than half occupied. The weekend was beautiful.
Returning to our new slip for the first time was not our best performance. Despite our neighbor too our rear not being on the dock yet, I wanted to try the approach as if they were there and not cheat. With my wife at mid-ship with a spring line to toss around a cleat, it seemed a bit far for her on the first approach, so I backed up and repositioned. She makes the throw and misses. There are three hands on the dock waiting, so one completes her toss around the cleat. Just as this seems recoverable, she pulls on the line and her cleat hitch releases from the boat and the line falls in the water. Oh boy. She gets it back, reties it and I'm left to have to spring backward into the empty spot behind me, as the spring is too long to keep me from hitting the boat ahead now. I then walk her up to where she belongs. Of course, we feel like amateurs among our new neighbors, who were kind enough not to say anything.
Then it occurs to me. None of them have been out on the water at all yet and I feel much better..........
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