Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles area
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Thanks everybody for the great lessons. My sides are aching from all the laughing. I am glad that so far there are no serious injuries or fatalities described. As I am new I have only 2 minor ones. The first, I had my 13 year-old son holding us into the wind as I dropped the mainsail in a 10 knot wind. Well, when I raised the main earlier I neatly coiled the loose halyard and hung it from the winch on the mast. I think things might have gone easier if I had uncoiled it before dropping the main, don't you? The main drops about 15 feet and the halyard becomes pretty tangled and jammed into some fittings on the mast. We are running out of room and need to turn away from the wind. My son has absolutely no experience handling the boat (we are working on this now) and my main is part way down and the wind is filling all of it. Note to self: install those lazy jacks that I purchased last month already. Anyway, we got it sorted out with nothing but hurt pride.
The second one, also minor, happened on our recent over-night to Santa Cruz Island. With a 2-3' shorebreak running, I motored the inflatable into shore with my son (same one) for a while. When it came time to leave the beach, I left the OB tilted up (longshaft) and decided to just row past the shore break before lowering and starting the motor. As I lazily rowed out to sea, I was sneeking peeks over my shoulder. All is well with my son watching as well as 6-8 other people. I notice that they are ALL WATCHING now and glance back to see a 6'+ wall of water about to break on me. Due to extreme luck and some long-lost rowing experience, I manage to stay in the dinghy which is totally vertical, and crash down on the outside of the wave, narrowly exscaping shame and possible bodily harm. I rowed like He*l to get outside and order my son to swim out to me. When I asked him why he didn't warn me about the wave, he said it didn't occur to him. He, like the observers on the beach wanted to see what was going to happen. Pretty funny now, but I was a little miffed at the time. That's it for now, but I assure you I will conjure up some more for you all.
Odyssey, '79 CSY 44 Cutter
Channel Islands, CA
"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."