There are two things I worry about when taking guests out for their first sailing experience: too little wind and too much wind; too little excitement and too much. Floating around on a glass smooth lake on a hot summer day is no fun. Neither is getting dumped into the lake by capsizing the boat first time out. Somehow the weather cooperated, and although it was a hot day (in the 90s F), the winds were steady out of the ENE (off the ocean) at about 8 mph offering a cooling breeze and enough power for a pleasant sail. Could have used a bit more, but I won't complain.
Four people in Bluesette is a little tricky, as there isn't room for the person handling the jib to move across the boat between the guests up front and the main sheet cleat. So coming about is often less than smooth as I cannot hang on to the main sheet while Kimie crosses in front of me, and I am also up against the tiller until she gets settled. So perhaps any more wind would have been too much. Somehow we managed when Martin and his mystery guest were with us, maybe it was the way we arranged the seating that day.
Not sure how much our new crew liked sailing, but they were very happy with the ship's mess. No salt pork and hardtack on Bluesette of course- we had a late lunch at Mama's Kitchen. We all chose the same thing - spaghetti in tomato sauce with asari clams, squid, shrimp and mushrooms. The salad bar was good too, with freshly picked cherry tomatoes that were exceptionally tasty.
After lunch I presented the new crew with Bluesette sailing caps. While Kimie and I took down the mast and covered Bluesette before heading home, our new crew played a card game with the yacht club owner's granddaughter and two of her friends.
I'll call it a success. There was no mutiny and we didn't lose any passengers, and the food was enjoyed all around.
Until next, sweet sailing.