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Aug. 21st, 2010 02:02 pm
SSN440,sailing

Wedging myself out of the way while the watch members move past me to get into position for stowing.

Well then

Aug. 8th, 2010 12:37 pm
Off I go. Back on 19th or 20th.
Dinghy sailing is going well! I'm the only one at the moment, the other learners are on holiday, so we arranged to meet up at 5pm in the hope of having wind (which often drops around 6pm and dies around 7 - normally lessons are at 6:30)
So for today's lesson we had a fair amount of wind, enough to start off with a reef, but the wind was steady and not scary. And there was a bit of wave buildup on the river which was surprisingly fun. And I did lot of 8 shapes and a perfect approach on a mooring buoy and the weather was nice and it just felt good, maybe for the first time. It felt a little like kiting, like playing with the wind. Nice.

Gone

Jul. 5th, 2010 04:41 pm
Handed in, all of it.

Now to sit in semi-relaxed state, until I hear if it's okay or not. I don't think it'll be a problem, as she'd have to be downright vindictive to let things hang now, but hey, that's what I thought last time as well, so... I don't know.

Tonight I go dinghy sailing! And probably tomorrow as well. And Thursday. There's even wind!

Sailing

Jun. 18th, 2010 11:25 am
So went last night. I've missed one lesson (and so did someone else) because we hadn't been told about the start. The other lesson was cancelled because of no wind. They'll let us make the missed one up another time, and the cancelled lesson will be next weekend. Scheduling is pretty easy, pretty much whenever the instructor and we both are available.
We were five in the boat, which wasn't so bad for the first time because I needed a calm intro not an intense 2-hour stretch. The instructor seems a nice guy. He's asked for a second instructor, and if not possible, he plans to have the two more experienced people sail along in the second boat. He also finally took it seriously when I said 'no really, I don't know what I'm doing, don't just put me at the helm and call it learning' (some of the others are more experienced) He picked a sheltered bit of river and let me do some mostly downwind sailing to get a feel for it. That went okay, but they all seemed confused about why I found it scary and stressful. I don't know what I'm doing! I can't see (at least not without lenghty reasoning) which way to turn is safe, what the sails should be doing, what the tiller should be doing, I just don't know! Add to that that the water has walls (sailing on a river is really weird) and windy bits and sheltered bits and freight barges and I'm feeling profoundly out of my depth. Let's assume it'll come.
They are doing exams at the end of the season. Don't know if I want to go for that, it might feel better to keep it pressure-free. I can decide fairly late in the season if I want an exam, so I'll just wait and see.

Sadly my hands are a lot worse today, I'd forgotten how much rope gripping was involved. The joints are all sore now. Hopefully gloves (must dig them out) will make it a little better.

Three

Jun. 16th, 2010 09:56 pm
(as in, third issue ruining my mood at the moment..)
After more and prolonged prodding I hear something from the sailing club at last - lessons started on the 2nd and I just hadn't been told! Lovely. Not only that but they only have one instructor on thursday so there will be 4 learners and an instructor in one Valk. Yeah, doesn't sound all that instructive to me.
Am going tomorrow for a serious discussion about this - crap organisation I was already aware of, but this is taking the piss. Sadly I do still really want to learn dinghy sailing and there is no other nearby place I can do it, or I would have backed out already.

Booked

May. 6th, 2010 12:41 pm
Just booked the ferry to Newcastle for my sailing trip. Can't quite decide between eek and yay.

Oi!

Aug. 24th, 2009 07:44 pm

That's us coming into DelfSail. I'm not aloft (I had bridge watch, and also bellow-in-Dutch-to-the-morons-on-the-quayside duty)
So I'm home. Now I need to get used to feeding myself again.
Yay, I have hit the stage of "Why do I DO this to myself?" nerves about sailing. I'm looking up writing I did when I got home last august - both on here and in my physical journal. I did have a lot of fun. I started out nervous but things turned out well, and after I came home I wrote "I have felt GREAT this past week".

I'm just rereading that to bolster myself a little. And I think I will just yell out "YAY! Sail Fail!" when stuff goes wrong, or something. Now I need to go put silly music on my phone to wake people with. And do the rest of my packing. And bake some travel pastries.
[livejournal.com profile] wingnut told me who is going to be permanent crew on the sailing voyage in august and I am very happy with the news - a great team completely devoid of the shouty people I worried about having aboard. I think now I'm ready to start looking forward to it :-)
(oh by the way Jos, this is the song I mentioned for waking watches with...)

On a completely unrelated note, I am seriously thinking about doing a working cowhorse clinic with Rowan. Reasons go... 1) it looks like fun, 2) there's cow-work in working equitation so if I ever want to compete it'd be nice to have done it before, 3) Rowan is going to provide so much entertainment with his "OMG! Cows! OMG! Do you SEE them? OMG! Cows!" behaviour that it would be criminal not to go do it at some point.

Still Want:

May. 2nd, 2009 03:28 pm
Last time I posted a DO WANT about the Jean de la Lune she was 595 000 UKP - not really all that much for a well-kept tallship, even if she is small. The pricing suggests she is either in poor upkeep or the owner needs money fast, and from what I've heard on the grapevine it's the latter and she's in decent condition.

She's now down to 395 000.

DAMN IT. It's now down into the territory of "If only this came along in 10 years and I had people in my life that shared this dream and and and"

I liked it better when it was a completely utterly out of reach dream!

Do Want:

Apr. 23rd, 2009 10:30 pm
Jean De La Lune for sale. Sailtraining certification means very well equipped. Just the right size to live on with a couple of people. Anyone got a winning lottery ticket they don't need?

Sailing

Mar. 3rd, 2009 12:51 pm
[edited]
I got both voyages (the offers just came in different letters):
SSN391    -   Liverpool-Belfast    -   Aug 7 - Aug 15
SSN392    -   Belfast - Delfsail     -   Aug 15 - Aug 24

I'm thrilled (Yay sailing! Yay voyages I wanted!) and also a bit worried about if my health will stand up to it...
Am going off to join the Stad Amsterdam in a little bit. I'm both looking forward and nervous. It's been a long time since I was on, and my back doesn't feel great. Plus I am a little obsessed with wanting to make a good impression, which probably doesn't help me relax.

In any case, the weather is currently lovely (please don't change) and I am mostly packed and will be back next weekend.


I was very sad to learn that the Asgard II, the 30-metre Irish sail training brigantine, was lost off the French coast. She began to take on water rapidly during the night of the 10th on the 11th, and the decision was made to abandon ship. All crew are safe and taken care of.

News article

She was such a lovely little ship, I always wanted to sail on her sometime...
Stowing the royal
cut for space )
Entire album is HERE (password 'bikkit')
'Tallship Symphony'

At events like the tallships races, there are moments when all the ships sound off their foghorns together. Sometimes at marked moments like after the opening fireworks, sometimes spontaneously after one starts. I always love hearing that, it's a sentimental sound to me, and all the 'voices' joining in is a beautiful sound.

Hence the idea to take it a little bit further, and write a melody for the ship's foghorns. A baseline of the low horn tones (mostly the larger ships), the higher beeps for rhythm, the small ship's horns for the melody. Puntuated by gunshot.

I would love to see this done and wonder if Sail Training International would go for it it was presented to them in prepared form. Obviously you would need to compose the music (sometime that sounded good in a slow tempo, and fairly forgiving), write out seperate sheet instructions for every participating ship, and at the moment itself perhaps broadcast a ticker (or counting) on a communal VHF channel.

Here's a video with some of the foghorn sounds. The high 'beep' is the Stavros. The low belly sound is Europa (the sound of that can still make me wistful)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX4T4dhK47Y
Yes indeed, I have been working like a dog.

But I had fun. I was Ginger Spice (we also had Posh and Scary on the watchleader team). There was much spontaneous singing, dancing and seguing into Monty Python. My watch members were all stars.
Tonight I shall be sleeping like a log...

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