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Hi

Back from a lovely day out on the water again..... though it was a bit of a scary day, wind wise, to be having your first proper taste of sticks, strings and flappy things boating !!  Scared  

We had arranged to meet Dannyboy at Womack as he had very kindly (bravely?) offered to take us out sailing on a half-decker from Marthams whilst up here on holiday. Just happened to bump into fendoff whilst waiting for Danny and family to arrive!! The forecast had been looking a bit worrying but at 11.00 this morning the sun was shining and there were light winds. When Danny arrived he warned us that things had been a bit blowy out on the main river and the plan was to head down to Thurne Lion. It proved quite slow work, tacking all the way.... still it worked up a thirst and a pint of Adnams went down very smoothly, despite the protestations of the Landlord who, when I ordered it, barked " Load of old rubbish have you tried the local (Wherry) !!!"  

We were joined by Sailonly (Paul) who happened to be in the area ( really nice to meet you ! ), who then came down to the bottom of the dyke to check out the boat. We said our goodbyes and proceeded to row the boat across to the other side of the river to put the sails up. One of three chaps standing there came over to take the rope and mentioned Paul..... turned out to be another forum member Pandamonium - nice to meet you too Chris, all be it very briefly!

This is where the fun began! Danny decided that we would head down to the Thurne mouth before turning round to take us back home. The wind had picked up quite a bit whilst we had been savouring our pint and, after a short distance, it was thought best that we turn around ( which proved to be easier said than done) and go back. The wind was now behind us and the boat was sailing along quite briskly..... then it began to lean (it had obviously been doing a fair bit of that).... and lean.... and lean... there was talk of needing to do a gybe ( jybe ?? have I got that right?).....  it wouldn't..... it carried on leaning... and then the water flooded in. My life flashed before my eyes..... I didn't want our new life jackets to get there first testing quite so soon!! Thankfully it finally righted itself though poor Kev got somewhat wet having been on that side of the boat.

Blimey..... I know he's a Baptist minister but I wasn't seriously expecting him to attempt multiple full body baptisms on us!!  Playful

We pulled over to the bank where the sails were taken down - luckily the kids were around in a small motor cruiser and quickly arrived to take us back to Womack before returning to tow the half decker back to Potter - it was just far too windy to sail now.

It was a bit scary, but quite exciting really and it was great to meet Danny and his family - many, many thanks to them for a wonderful day! Has it put us off wanting to learn to sail..??

Naaaah!!

Now.. fendoff... about those halyards that need sorting.....  Wink

Carol

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Hi Carol
Danny text me earlier to tell me you'd be giving your account of the eventful voyage!
Sounds as if you had a great time. I met Paul (Sailonly) yesterday for the launching of Japonica, and hope to meet up with Danny some time next week, just hope he doesn't ask me to go sailing with him Scared  Think I'll stick to the thirty footer with the comfy cabin!
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It was very nice to meet you all today, although as you say, briefly! Mind you on your way back past you didnt hang around, was very nice to see someone out sailing although it was perhaps a tad windy! If you wish to come out for a sail on Pandora, you will be most welcome!

Chris

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Hi Chris

Many thanks for the offer..... I may well take you up on that one..... but on a less windy day please!!

At this rate I'll make it to forepeak floosie in no time !!   Playful Wink

Carol

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Hi AdnamsGirl
Nice to see you and Kev again and to meet DannyBoy and his family. Seems like you had lots of fun with your first sailing adventure. Kev looked slightly embarrassed when you announced to the world that he had wet him self  Gasp  and quickly mentioned that it was river water. Yeah right. Beer, the cold and the sheer fear of the boat going over, could have happened to anyone mate. Playful Wink

Sounds to me like it was a battle of wills between DannyBoy and his boss  Wink  Given the strength of the wind this evening his boss is clearly a bad loser. Smile
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We raced at Horning this morning and I was instructed by SWMBO to put a reef in. Glad I did as the wind got up and getting safely round the leeward mark proved quite a challenge. Having survived the first race we decided to call it a day and retired to the Swan. It's too early in the season to bend the boat.

Phil

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Hi all

Back home down in Hampshire after my 48 hours visit.  Really great to meet up with Carol and Kev and of course Danny and family in the Red Lion at Thurne.  Like you Mat I got a text from Danny as I was returning home.  Danny did mention something about putting in an other reef when we were walking back down to the half decker!  The idea of doing so only lasted a second or two though.  Hindsight is a wonderfull thing.  Any way its all the fun of the fair this leaning over lark and I trust it has not put you off too much Carol?

Really enjoyed my pint Danny and the conversation with you guys, thanks again.



Kind regards

Paul H

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Hi

Paul - no it definately hasn't put me off sailing!! I suppose that it's just an example the dangers of sailing in high winds and a very valuable lesson learnt on our part as complete novices! I hope that no-one thinks I'm having a pop at Dannys sailing prowess  Blush  as the incident was down to the severe gusts which blew up in the afternoon and not his abilities. Danny himself said that in 20 years of sailing he had never come so close to having a half decker tip over!!

The worrying thing on my part though is that I seemed to suffer from some sort of motion sickness all of yesterday evening! Every now and again I felt myself going up and down and it made me feel quite queasy! It was very weird !!  Thinking back to when we went out with Hunters last year, I did experience something similar afterwards but not to the extent I did last night. I've never had a problem on a motor boat... is this a common thing on sailing boats? More importantly, does it improve as you do it more often or am I destined to remain a stinkie only?  Frown

Carol

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Keep sailing and treat it with beer  Smile

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Hi carol, there are times when i actually live at sea on board a larger vessel, and when i get off i get the sensations you discribe, and often i am prone to stumbling once ashore, as i seem to have aquired a rhythm for walking and balancing with the movement of the ship, and my body takes quite a few hours to adjust back again to land living.  its really quite a strange feeling, but unlike Bill, i am never actually sea sick thank gawd . Playful

Julia, from The Hilly Side!

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