We set sail at 11 am expecting to go out for two hours then break for lunch. "Set sail" was not an accurate term as there was hardly any wind to act upon the sails. We resorted to the paddle to keep from drifting back into the dock, which is to say, the captain ordered the crew to paddle. After a few minutes we stowed the paddle and watched as the wind vane spun around in circles atop the mast. Most of this action was not due to wind, but a few random power boat wakes that rocked the mast occasionally.
Did I mention it was hot? And humid. We're talking 33 degrees C (91° F) with 84% humidity. Uhg. In half an hour of "sailing" we made about 300 meters progress and went through a box of orange juice and a bottle of barley tea. The sun was merciless with no wind to cool us and it felt like being adrift on a lifeboat - "please Capt. Bligh, another sip of water, sir?"
The slightest puff gave us some encouragement on the way back to the dock, although the captain ordered the crew to move the jib from port to starboard and back more than a few times without any effect whatsoever on the progress of the boat. A very light wind did finally nudge us into the dock around noon. I could see some ripples here and there on the lake, and promised Kimie that there would be some wind after we had lunch. Having already committed to paying a launching fee, I had no choice but hope that was the case.
We each went through two glasses of iced water in addition to iced coffee or iced tea. Did I mention that it was hot today? Nice and cool in Mama's though.
When we walked out the door of the restaurant, it hit us. A breeze! A nice steady breeze. Captain Pandabonium's reprieve.
Back on the water, we had a great time with the wind getting up to around 7 or 8 knots. We were actually moving, even hiking out. It was still hot - we went through the rest of the orange juice and a bottle of water - but at least we were really sailing and having fun.
Until next, sweet sailing.