Knotical Cupcakes at Mooredale Sailing Club Thursday June 9th,

12:00 arrived at mooredale at 

13:30 finished setting up Laser for first time, with some help from Pirate Pete

14:00 on water  light-breeze 2.4

14:30 returned briefly to sign out boat  light-air 1.3

15:00 practiced man-over-board-rescue by picking up driftwood. light-breeze 2.1

15:30 it was really sunny so got hat  gentle-breeze 3.2

16:20  had a toke

17:00 derigging laser

18:00 eating, writing

19:00 sailing with Anne and Joey,  moderate breeze 4.7

I was told by Ron and Taylor to be “ballast”,

and Ron was constantly telling them what to do,

Anne following his instruction went over to other side of boat,

yet it has not yet had time to complete tacking, so we capsized.

Once we got everyone on board, and partially bailed, I took the helm and got us out of the way of some trimarans.

I was still in shock, and had completely forgtten to reorganize the crew,  anyhow there was an accidental gybe that hit Joey on the head disorienting her on the leeward side,  I realized we were heeling, and and started hiking and encouraging others, but it was too late and we capsized again.  Joey was okay, but wasn’t holding onto the boat so drifted off, a motorboat picked her up. 

It was now a strong breeze 4.5 I took down the sails,  Anne got in, and we bailed much of the boat. Still in high spirits Joey offered to come back and sail with us, but Taylor towed us in and took Joey with him.  Mildly aghast Anne and I derigged.    

Once our tunnel vision subsided we realized that most people had capsized and were being towed in, and by the time we had changed the tally included everyone that went sailing.

Also I realized that being on the laser, and partially from shock I had stopped giving the commands, get-ready-to-tack  helms-a-lee, or get-ready-to-gybe and coming-about,  guess I must have forgotten, or not waited for the “ready” from the crew also, since I had been sailing in such calm weather two days previous and the crew would say ya, or nod their head kinda thing. Anyhow, lesson being, to more rigorously conform to helm-crew protocol especially in such times,  and to take some time off to cool down, get out of shock, assess the situation.

Fourth Official Sailing Lesson, Sun May 8

Light breeze,  3-6 knots with sunny weather. got to club early,  changed and started rigging.

A new member Heather arrived, and was asking for directions, so I became her partial instructor for the day,  she mainly crewed but also steered on three seperate occasions. She said I was good teacher, I mentioned how it may have to do with positive speaking.

On the helm I improved my skipper communication,

inserting an extra statement for jibing and tacking.

for tacks:

helm: “get ready to tack!” when we are about to pass the buoy.

crew: “ready.” when they have their lines in order.

helm: “helm’s alee.” while turning indicating helm is leeward of crew, as we go through the wind.

for jibes the protocol be

helm: “get ready to jibe!” as we are about to pass the buoy.

crew: “ready.” with hand on boom or vang for controlled jibe.

helm: “coming about.” as we through a sailing run and the boom comes about to the leeward side.

Also my jibes were drastically improved,  we managed to do full 180 degree jibes within only 2 meters of the buoy,  being close enough to touch it,  and on several occasions we tapped it on the side as we went about it.

The orange tacking buoy was often caught by various students of our sailing class, even we caught it once though quickly raised the centerboard to detach it.

We were making such tight turns, and getting the most out of the light breeze,  I even hiked out with my torso parallel to the water at some points. Ron the most talkative instructor said we were “whipping around the course”. 

I found it interesting how even though we had 10 boats in the water sailing this small course, we managed to sail side by side, and fairly close to each other.  I did have to do some tight evasions.  Heather when she was on helm knocked into a windward boat, fortunately managed to swerve in time.  A windward boat also crashed into us once afterwards. we managed to get by with just a scratch.

There were several collisions on the course, and one even included a three, way, with three boats colliding,  fortunately the worst of the damage was a bite out of some boats bow fender. 

fifth official sailing lesson: upwind downwind

easterlies started out as a gentle breeze,  and subsided to a light breeze later,  fairly cloudy day.

I helmed with Irene as crew,  she was a bit jumpy,  though I got her to smooth out her actions, and encouraged her to relax, calm down,  breathe deep, stay safe.

personally I smoothed out my tiller exchange,  with particular attention paid to passing the mainsail from one hand to the other, and sheeting in with hand over hand motion so line could simply hang loose.

another area I improved upon is the sail-angle,   seems I was pulling the sail too far in on my beam-reaches.   the course instructors Ron and Taylor mentioned that when close-hualed it’s all the way in, when close-reach it’s ¾ in, when beam-reaching it’s ½ way in, when broad-reaching it’s ¼ way in, and when running it’s all the way out, and potentially with jib on other side, to do it wing-on-wing style.

we started with a beam-reach cross-wind-course and then shifted over to up and down wind course. tacked upwind close-hauled quite well,  and even had Irene hold her jib to the shroud on the down-wind run.

for the dinner it was green beans and mushrooms, with rice and kidney beans, and broccoli.  there was also a mineral-water punch with grapefruit and oranges.