Hi to all those out there. For the first time for quite a while the boat got wet today! Unfortunately there was not much wind. At the start of the race there was a bit of wind and it was good to feel the boat responding, to hear the noise of water under the bows and the sails responding well. Then the wind dropped out and it became a real drifter. In a drifter I can sail well but you have to keep very still, crouched up in the front of the boat and watching the sails and the wind markers intently, every slight puff of wind you have to trim the sail, head up as high as you can go and work the boat constantly, using as little rudder as possible. well after an hour of this and having completed the first triangle of the course, my hips were protesting loudly, my legs were screaming with not having moved, and the intense concentration was getting a bit too much, so I bailed out while I was still enjoying it. Got to shore, packed up the boat and watched for another hour until the committee boat put up the shorten course flag. That meant that most boats would be out there for 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Bit too much for me these days. Who else finds that living with cancer means you get tired a lot sooner? So it is time to sit down with a good single malt and watch The Bill Cheers Sailor Boats, like whiskey, are all good. R. D. Culler
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