Jul 17

How to describe the first time I went sailing on my boat

Tag: musings,trips,victoriesJonathon Haradon @ 4:04 pm

What was it like to go sailing for the first time on my boat? It was a feeling not easily expressible in normal sentences; rather, much more elusively affective. And sensory. But read this and maybe you’ll catch a breeze of what I felt that day.

Liberating. Freeing. Bliss. Matt at the wheel, slightly nervous; he hasn’t steered our boat since barely getting into the dock a month ago.

Motoring out of the marina. All of us, grinning like sloppy newlyweds.

Jonny on the foredeck, watching for other boat traffic. I slap Matt across the back. Whoop! Holler! I’m giddy.

The hard work was worth it. 19 hour work days. No climbing. No biking. Just working. Doesn’t seem like work now.

Time to raise the main sail. I don’t know how to do that. I’m about to learn. Wow, using the winch isn’t easy. That’s a lot of friction. Add it to the list of things to fix.

But I don’t want to think about that right now. Cause the main sail just caught some wind; the boat begins to heel. I’ve never felt my boat heel. Look at it, you can see the wind flowing around the sail. Pushing us forward.

Cut the engine: sweet! no more engine noise. water. listen to the water. The chop of the bay, hitting the boat. Wind. Listen to the wind. Whistling in my ears. The main sail flutters. It’s musical, poetical.

Time to roll out the jib? Really? No problem captain. Wow using the winch isn’t easy. That’s a lot of friction. Add it to the list of things to fix.

Rail in the water. Hard to balance. What fun!

Matt has a sweater and heavy jacket on. Apparently it’s cold. I don’t notice. I’m in a T-shirt. Too busy soaking it all in. God, it’s beautiful. Can’t take 30 seconds to go put on a sweatshirt. Don’t want to. I might miss something. Too busy soaking it all in.

Reef? Too much wind; bring in the mainsail a bit. Yep let’s practice. ’cause I don’t know how to do that. I’m about to learn. At the mast, holding on. It’s kinda bumpy up here. Bay chop. and spray. Fun! Pull the main sail down, ring around the reef hook. I can do that. “Hold!” Can’t… quite… get… ring… around…hook… ok! “Made!” Have fun with that winch Jonny.

Keep winching Jonny. Woah! “What was that?” Something broke and flew off!” Bye bye reef hook. Add it to the list of things to fix.

Take the wheel? Really? Feel the boat move. The wind pushes the boat down, the rudder pushing us up. Spray crashing, hitting me in the face. I love it.

Hey Matt, we’re getting close to the pier, what should we do? Tack probably. uh, ok. I don’t know how to do that. I’m about to learn.

Time to head in; do we have to?

Out for 4 hours today. Pretty soon 2 years. If you lose track of time, Is there much difference?

5 Responses to “How to describe the first time I went sailing on my boat”

  1. ethan says:

    Awesome.

  2. Hardy says:

    Gentleman (no offense meant),
    I have been following your site since the days of purchase of your water chariot. I grew up sailing, sort of. Long story short, I hated it when I was a kid and now that I live in the middle of the country, it is all I dream about. Every time I go back, there is nothing better than the turning off the engine and the ensuing “silence” of waves lapping and sails fluttering in the breeze. It has been a pleasure to watch your headaches and successes. I cant wait to see what is next. Please keep updating your blog as there really are lots of people other than your parents reading it. If you ever need a week or two of crew, let me know. I really dont know what I am doing, but who really does….

  3. gryhrt says:

    I’ve never been sailing, but you guys make it sound like a blast. I’m enjoying reading about your adventures!

  4. Jon Losey says:

    Gentlemen,

    This is Janelle’s friend. It was nice getting to know you guys a little bit better and just want to say something that may be self-evident, but I am impressed with your dedication and progress in becoming sailors. Definitely makes me want to do what you guys are doing one of these days.

    Jon

  5. Janelle says:

    Loved the post Jon!!!!! I got goose bumps.

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