Monday, May 2, 2011

Ahoy!

A very overdue update but I completed my Level 2 and 3 last month which involved so many amazing moments I can't even begin to explain...

Highlights included climbing up the mast (see photo below taken from the top by crew mate Oli.) Not only was this ridiculously scary it was also really hard work too - I had naively presumed that I would be hoisted up there and would just get to enjoy a little ride up to the top so when I was told I actually had to put some effort in and climb it was a bit of a shock! Really need to work on my hand signals too as when I got about three quarters up and was being bounced around all over the place my lovely crew members thought that my manic waving was just over excitement meaning I wanted to go higher and not that I was signaling to get me down asap - Eek!

Anyway, highlight number 2 had to be sailing to Alderney which I have mentioned in this blog so many times (here, here and here)...my most favourite place in the world where I spent so many happy summers as a child. We munched on burgers and had a walk on one of Alderney's lovely beaches. Perfect.

Other highlights included...seeing dolphins (naturally I jumped up and down like a five year old), cooking fajitas for 16 (oh yes), star spotting in the amazing clear skies, spiking the spinnaker (essentially climbing up a rope and sitting on a pole then letting a sail the size of a tennis court down by stabbing a spike into a catch. Awesome). And of course meeting lots of lovely people (including our fab skippers and first mate - Oli, Simon and Emily), laughing till I couldn't stop, conversations under the stars, winning our first mini race against another level 2 boat, relays up and down the deck whilst attached by our safety lines, passing my Day Skipper exam (which a little help from my friends...ahem), snoozes on the sail, G&Ts every eve....I could go on....

Here's some photos.

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Oo and a video of the dolphins (thankfully you can't hear my squealing from the other side of the boat)

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