One good thing, one not so good thing…

This past weekend concluded my “Keelboat 1” class.  It was great!  On Saturday we attempted to navigate our way out to the ocean, but a HUGE crew race/regatta type event was going on and we sort of hung out in a Heave 2 position for about a half hour.  The boat we had class on didn’t have an engine.  Here is a little map of the bay.  And since I have limited skills I didn’t figure out how to mark things on the map, haha.  The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is located on the green top left peapod looking point, the bottom portion.  So we sail a bit East into the bay, then South under the Mission Bay Dr bridge, then continue down to the channel and West to where I cut the map off, oops.  Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.12.46 AM.png

The regatta group came pouring out of the larger cove right above the channel.  We said it looked like a clown car, there were hundreds of them!  And the one “referee/regulator” boats’ engine died…I’m not up on my regatta terminology, so I’m not sure what they’re called.  Since we lost time with that little hiccup we weren’t able to make it out to the ocean; class is only 3 hours and we have to take the boats back in.  The wind was almost completely out of the West that day, which can slam you right into the dock broadside if you’re not careful…hence our instructor docked for us.

Sunday was quite the day for me.  It was my last Keel 1 class, I had worked the night before until about 11pm, and had to then work after class at 6pm…which is plenty of time since class gets out at noon.  But, my boyfriends family was in town, and he thought it’d be a great idea to rent a hobie and I could get to know everybody by sailing around the bay.  That would have been a great plan if I had the whole day off and had more hours under my belt on the hobie.  I hadn’t rented one yet, and the last time I was on one was in class months ago with an instructor.  I needed to take my time rigging and making sure I had everything right.  Also, the family was across the bay, so I had to scoot over, beach, pick them up, then go out, and repeat.  The wind was so light and coming from the Southwest, which is a little odd, it’s normally a bit from the North.  It was so stressful for me, and I kept loosing speed on tacks because I didn’t have someone working the jib right.  Ugh.  I felt a little defeated.  There were pros out on their Hobies just zipping by and I was dead in the water.  A little embarrassing and frustrating.  I can see how it takes a lifetime to get this down.  I’m definitely going to practice a lot this summer.  I can’t rent the keelboats, but I think that taking the Hobie out will help me work on wind awareness and trim.

All in all, who can complain about spending 6 hours out in the sun sailing in San Diego?  Here’s to hoping I improve!

Hope you’re all doing well and enjoying your summer 🙂IMG_2587.JPG

 

J-24! And more!

Last weekend I started my first official Keelboat course at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center on Mission Bay in San Diego.  It was great!  I got to navigate us out to the ocean.  And thanks to a bunch of large fishing boats I now understand what wake can do to a sailboat…holy moly…it was a little wobbly!

I’ve also found a boat broker.  After having researched boats for sail on craigslist for the past year I think that having more resources on my side is a better choice.  If I already had a wealth of knowledge about sailing and boats I’d totally be fine buying a boat off craigslist.  This boat is going to be my home, and I’m still a newbie, so I’d rather spend a little more and have proper contracts and inspections.  I know that there are bad brokers out there, and they do get paid by the seller for their commission, but I think this is the right choice for me a this point.

So, we sail on a J-24 for class.  Apparently those boats are build for racing and handling.  I did a 360!   Our instructors are really great.  The class starts with about a half hour of instruction at the chalkboard, then we’re out on the boats rigging and off we go.  There’s a part of me that is thinking “ok, wait a second, we’ve never sailed this before, this could end in catastrophe, is this a good….oh wow this is awesome”.  That’s pretty much each course I’ve taken there.  They give you the info, have you rig the boat then off you go!  Apprehension is quickly replaced by happiness.  For this class the instructor is on the boat with us.  My boat had 3 students, and we just rotated crew positions.  Can’t wait for this class this weekend!