Beginning our sailing adventure - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 05-22-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Beginning our sailing adventure

At long last, my wife Karen and I are going to begin our sailing adventure!

We decided to take up sailing last Winter, when it was so ridiculously cold here in Chicago.

Our goal for this year is to learn to safely sail, and to complete the ASA 104 Bareboat course in Greece in September. To prepare for that, we have signed up with Fairwind Sail Charters here in Chicago to get us started with the ASA 101 and 103 classes (over the next two weekends). We also signed up with Broad Reach Sailing for a fractional boat so we will have opportunity to practice over the summer.

To prepare, we bought a couple of ropes to practice knots on, bought several books (The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, the ASA course book, a few others), and read like crazy. We also got a couple of videos from NetFlix to try to get a head start. I'll give a review of them at some point.

And now we're ready! I'll follow up on this thread with more details on how it went and what we thought as this goes along.

Roger
RogerD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 05-22-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Sneak preview

On Monday, I actually got a little bit of a head start on sailing. The lesson was offered by Third Coast Cruising as part of the Broad Reach fractional share. The major objective was to become familiar with Lily, our boat for the summer. Karen was out of town.

Lily was docked at the pumpout. I was last to arrive, and we set out to practice docking and mooring. We motored into Monroe Harbor and headed for our mooring buoy. Winds were 20-25 knots, and it was a little choppy in the harbor.

I took the helm for a while, and Captain Ted asked me to circle around a mooring can, which I did fairly smartly, if I do say so myself. I kept the helm as we approached our mooring buoy. Boats are big, and I'm glad the harbor wasn't crowded yet. We had to go around at least once, but eventually we got her lined up into the wind and drifted to the pendant. We had to use a boat hook to get it up, but we eventually got her tied up to the can.

We had some lessons about tug-of-war with the boat and how not to lose fingers when mooring. After a bit we cast off again, intending to go for a short sail.

After 50 yards or so, the motor quit! Now things got exciting! I was fairly useless, not having learned about the roller furling system or anything, so I watched as we unfurled the jib and sailed he to a clear channel. I grabbed a fender just in case, but it turned out to be unnecessary. We ended up sailing her to the dock and docking her.

One lesson I learned was that tying knots under stress is way different than tying knots at home. I tried tying off the fender to the lifeline, and got confused, even though I had been tying the clove hitch correctly. For some reason, a horizontal clove hitch looks completely different to me than a vertical one.

Very educational lesson! Don't count on the engine!

From there, we went into a very detailed orientation to the boat, learning just what was kept where and learning about a lot of the auxiliary systems on the boat.

It was a very good lesson for me. My main takeaways were:
  • The book is right - you can't count on engines!
  • Tying knots under stress is different than not under stress.
  • All the prep has paid off - I mostly know the names of everything I need and I know what to look for on the boat.
RogerD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 5 Old 05-29-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I came to realize this was more of a blog, and so I went ahead and started a blog on this site to capture my experiences. I've copied all my previous posts into it. You can find it here.
RogerD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 5 Old 05-29-2009
S/V Lilo, Islander 32
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lafayette, Oregon
Posts: 249
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 9
 
Thanks for the posts RogerD, sounds like you are going about this in the right way, and a good example for others who want to learn. The Blog is a good idea, Ill have to keep uo with your adventures there.

Thanks,
Bryan

S/V Lilo
1964 Islander 32
Saint Helens, OR
IslanderGuy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 5 Old 05-29-2009
Telstar 28
 
sailingdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 15
         
Roger—

One thing, clove hitches aren't very useful knots on a boat... a round turn and two half hitches is a much better knot for most purposes for two reasons. A clove hitch can come undone if it is not loaded all the time, and are very difficult to untie if they are loaded. That isn't the case with the round turn and two half hitches. Also, the round turn allows you to generally tie the knot even if the line you're trying to tie it in is heavily loaded.

If you haven't gotten Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor, I'd highly recommend you get it and read it. It covers a fairly wide breadth of material and is probably one of the best sailing primers that I have seen.

Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
sailingdog is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Woman for Sailing adventure to Baja / Sea of Cortez opofcabo Crew Wanted/Available 14 05-30-2009 10:09 PM
Sailing camp turns into scary adventure for teens - Oakland Press NewsReader News Feeds 0 07-25-2006 07:15 AM
Sailingahead.com - Welcome to your sailing adventure! @ Sail Search Blog NewsReader News Feeds 1 06-27-2006 11:33 AM
Sailing Adventure for Teens with Asperger?s and ADHD Launches This Summer (PR Web) NewsReader News Feeds 0 06-08-2006 04:17 AM
24 y/o Male wanting sailing adventure Swiftgruve Crew Wanted/Available 0 08-18-2004 05:54 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome