What can be hard about sailing
Mediterranian sea jol
What can possibly be hard about sailing?
Nutting, if you would have asked me before my first sailing experience.
Wind from the south west, mild breeze, calm weather. Small lake in the Netherlands.
We, in hawai shorts, colourful shirts, ray-ban sunglasses, all equipment and 3 man on board.
Our ship, a monster of a medditerranian sea jol.
We were in the luxurious position of having no experience what so ever sailing in a boat. OK, some windsurfing. Beginner luck would help us sail over 600 meter of calm water to a small island where a barbecue was organized.
We quickly found the bags with the sails and figured that the smaller sail should go in front. Our confidence or lucky choice in sail made the owner of the boat walk away. We got that sail up quite quickly and were impressed with the power of the wind in that sail, pushing our ship slightly away from the side.
The lack of motion in our vessel was solved by releasing the ropes to the wall and off we went.
We could have been happy with that. One sail up, slowly moving to the party.
With 3 man in the boat, one manning the front sail a second man handling the rudder, we had one man redundancy. small amount of time was used discussing the redundancy by throwing one man overboard.
But we decided to make work for that one man.
A seasoned reader by know knows that socialism does not work on a boat but we tried, we tried hard to get that second sail up.
Somehow we could not get that sail up, It needed to go on the boom witch had a rail on it and on the mast witch had a rail. But witch one goes first ?
As our Mediterranean sea worthy vessel rolled to the left and right by 3 man trying to get a sail up we unwittingly attracted the attention from the owner of the vessel who came to our rescue on a big surfboard.
The owner came to our rescue approaching us from behind, we didn't see him and were totally focussed on rigging our "clipper".
The owner surfed by, and just stepped in our ship, causing us to react by reaching out to him.
apparently 4 man should not be on the same side of a ship without some counterbalance.
We capsized and went under. The boat didn't sink, but every thing in it did. Sunglasses, phones, portable radio.
The rudder witch was secured by a pen going from top to bottom, fell out when up side down and was terminally lost.
We caused respectable amount of damage in those few seconds.
Socialism does not work in a boat.
Barbecue before going out sailing.
Some experience or advice might come in handy too.
have fun all!