Sunday, November 8, 2009

Winged Migration

K's sailing course was on a Monday. The following Saturday we were both looking forward to taking Bluesette out together again. The weather was looking to be boring - gray skies, light winds, but we could sail, so we went.

Arriving before noon, we decided on an early lunch so as not to break up the day later. Mama's Kitchen severed up a tasty lunch as usual. The desert was beautiful, with a fruit tart and fresh pear slice, grape and persimmon.

On the way out, we were each given a present - candy canes in a glass with a thank you card. "Thank You" on my card was in English. Nice touch. Mama's was celebrating their first year in business. We wish them continued success.

Out on the lake, a large flock of ducks was resting on the surface, on their way south for the winter. While we sailed they would occasionally take to the air and flies along the shore before settling again. The left the area entirely by the end of the day.

The title of this post is taken from a documentary movie of the same name. Released in 2003, it follows the migrations of birds in various parts of the world using ultralight aircraft to put you right in the formations. If you missed this film, go rent it or buy it. You can read more about it and watch the trailer here: Winged Migration.

The wind was light, but we moved right along on a broad reach. We switched places so K could take the tiller of Bluesette for the first time. She tried various tacks, running down wind for a bit so I could see what it was like to put up the whisker pole, seeing how high she could point into the wind when close hauled, and practicing coming about. I gave her a hand with the mainsheet now and then, but she was skippering the boat.

I think she liked it. ;^)

As mentioned above, there were birds at the lake that we normally don't see. There was also something missing that we normally do see - bamboo stakes to which nets are tied. Hurray. The season was over for whatever they catch in those nets, so all the rows and rows of stakes which at time blocked our way in some parts of the lake were gone. Only a few stakes remained.

A quiet afternoon on the lake, but a joy all the same. As we headed back to the harbor, a caravan of fishing boats crossed our path - migrating home, like us.

Until next, sweet sailing.


O Docker said...

Was wondering if you carry an anchor on Bluesette.

When we had our dinghy, we found that simple addition made a huge difference. We'd use it to stop for lunch or just take a snooze on a nice afternoon.

A small folding grapnel worked great in a mud bottom and fit in a five-gallon bucket along with 100 feet of light line rode. It all went in the cuddy.

Pandabonium said...

O Docker - yes, we do. A 5 lb folding grapnel, in a zippered pouch. With the lake being less than 10 feet deep, don't need much line.

However, we haven't tried it out yet. We need to figure out where/how to attach it without falling off the boat or gouging the gel coat.

Definitely something I want to learn.

O Docker said...

Our boat had an eye on deck near the bow. We snapped on a carabiner there as a fairlead for the rode, but lead the anchor back to the cockpit, lowering and raising it from there to keep it away from the topsides.

A nice skill to develop, and a safety item, too, should you ever have any problems with the rig or rudder.

Pandabonium said...

Safety was what I had first in mind, but never followed up to learn it. Your comment has given me some ideas on how to go about it with the Lido and we'll give it a try next sail. Thanks.