Thursday, August 2, 2012

More Than We Bargained For

We were looking forward to a leisurely mid-week sail and when we arrived at the yacht harbor it appeared we would get our way.   The wind at the dock was about 7 kph which translates to about 4.3 mph, with gusts a bit higher.     Once on the water, however, things picked up to double then triple that.   White caps were forming, K was getting soaked with spray on the beat to windward, and we occasionally took water over the lee rail.   Last summer I would have welcomed such conditions, but this was only our 2nd sail of the year and we are both out of shape - especially after my medically induced hiatus. 

Here's seven minutes of raw video from our sail.

Bluesette 1281 from Panda B on Vimeo.


The day was visually stunning, but the air was humid and hot at 36˚ C (97˚ F).   It didn't take long for us to become worn out. 


Mindful that dozens of people in Japan have died recently and thousands more have been hospitalized due to heat stroke, we stayed hydrated and tried to take it slow as we cleaned up Bluesette.
After we had showered and changed,  we relaxed with some iced tea in the new air conditioned clubhouse before heading to Mama's Kitchen for late lunch.

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Above - K's salad with sweet potato slices

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The special of the day was cream crab croquette. Mama and daughter prepared a special tray for me which was mostly veggies so I could pick and choose what to eat. I ate them all.

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It was a fun, if very tiring, day. K let me nap on the way home. I've got some sore muscles today, but looking forward to the next time.

Meanwhile, here's a samba to help you stay "cool" in this summer heat.


Until next, sweet sailing.