|The fleet out for a sail|
The Quantum Theology Laser fleet now has two boats, mine and a second, standard rigged Laser (which makes Math Man happy as that is geared for his weight class - allowing him to get a up a good head of speed).
We went sailing yesterday, the family plus (including Crash's girlfriend, The Lady of House Clark, and a friend of The Egg's), on a day when the winds were just a bit stronger than optimal for a first of the season sail. Math Man was excited, I kept saying there is such a thing as too much wind!
I enjoyed having a team that knows what they are doing in terms of rigging the boats, and lifting the boats is easy when you have six people on the job. The winds were a bit wild, shifting direction by 180 degrees a couple of times, and the Egg had a hard time holding the standard boat down, flipping it once. I took my boat out twice by myself, enjoying having to pay careful attention to keep the sail trim and full.
But the most fun? I had to hike all the way out to hold the boat flat, flying about a foot above the water! And the moment when I was over the side and still had six inches of the lee gunnel under water. Whee. And no capsizes for me — unlike two years ago.
I do have some epic scrapes and bruises, however, as a result of clambering around the shallow cockpit wearing my somewhat less limber body and a personal floatation device that increases my effective circumference to 55 inches. It's like trying to sail while dressed up like an enormous Campfire marshmallow. Despite this, I am invested in wearing a life vest. I like floating. And while I swim well, no one swims well while unconscious.