Sunday, August 14, 2011

Three Women In A Boat

Kimie's niece is home for Obon, so we decided to ask her to come sailing with us. Kimie's sister wanted to come too, so we had four people in the boat.

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"What we said was, we like nothing better than a good SALE."


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.

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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.

14 comments:

Baydog said...

Wind and weather are always the fault of the skipper. And motorboat waves and chop. A long-time friend finally came out a couple weeks ago, and was green pretty much from the start, due to the choppy conditions and fluky wind. First and last sail for Mike unfortunately.

Pandabonium said...

Baydog - the burdens of command. I knew it would be a hard sell even as we rigged the boat and I was asked "where's the motor?"

Charley Best said...

Three Green Horn women in a boat, is that anything like "three on a match?"

Glad that the wind gods were with you, good thinking with the life vests on.

Pandabonium said...

Charley - well, we only had two "green horns", sis and niece. Kimie is certainly not. The title is a play on "Three Men In A Boat (to say nothing of the dog), that comedic 1889 account of a holiday on the Thames.

Life vests are required at all times for everyone aboard Bluesette - in laws included. ;^)

Happy to see that you and Baydog met up and hit it off so well.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Congratz on the Photobucket feature! Nice move, Blogmeister! And allow me to echo that Kimie is no greenhorn, rookie.

Pandabonium said...

Doc - thanks. on both counts.

Charley Best said...

OOps!,gomenasai, did not mean to imply that your #1 hand was a Green Horn. I misread and thought that you had three new hands plus you and Kim on board.

Never the less your Pics were great, as I am sure the food was.

We have cooled down here for now, 80's are good but rainy.

Pandabonium said...

Charley - no worries. The title was a bit misleading that way.

I would settle for rain if the temp would drop to the 80s. Another hot week ahead for us.

Shaded windows, electric fans, and plenty of iced mugicha may just see us through. :p

Martin J Frid said...

"Where is the engine?" is just classic, hope you had a good rebound from that comment. Must have been a fun experience and as far as I remember, 4 was not crowded. The Lido really is a fun boat!

My brother and I went to a Giants game (against the Hiroshima Carps) with 45,000 other people in Tokyo Dome and had a ball. We'll have to go sailing again another time when it is less hot...

Charley Best said...

Ahaa!, mugicha...AHAAA Sake!

Pandabonium said...

Charley - sake over ice is pretty good. So is shochu. But mugicha I can drink all day and still stand up! ;^)

Pandabonium said...

Martin - how tall are those GIANTS? I've always wondered....
Glad you and your brother are having a good visit.

Martin J Frid said...

Well, my brother is a BIG football supporter and he really liked how the supporters of the 2 teams were respectful of each others. They both had drums and brass sections, but only cheered while their own team was batting. Something you'd never see at a European football game, when everyone is busy trying to be louder than the next team's supporters. Just an observation... He would very much have liked to go sailing, too!

Pandabonium said...

Martin - from what I see on the news from time to time it seem football fans often try to do more than be loud. :)

We'd have very much liked to have taken you and he sailing. Tell him to come back when the temperature is more reasonable and we'll do that!
Sorry we missed meeting him.