Jul. 17th, 2010

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The day started out reasonably cool for Texas in the the middle of July. Only a bare 83 degrees as I pulled into the parking lot of the marina at 7:45 in the morning. I see that some of the guys already have Brown Eyed Girl up on the boat lift and have taken her rudder off. It's work party time to pay for the privilege of having the boats available. Lee is there and tells me to follow him and we'll go work on the other two boats.
Stuff on the work party and the checkout with added adventure! )
John told me that I'd passed my third checkride and he'll get Mike the information on it. So now I see if I will need to take a few more, or not, to get checkout privileges on the boats. I just received an email from my checkout skipper from yesterday and he told me that his assessment is that I can handle the boat in 5 to 10 knots of wind with the assistance of an untrained but willing deck hand to help with the tiller to point into the wind while the sails are raised or lowered and help at the dock when I push off or come back in. If I have a trained sailor/deck hand on board, I can likely sail in anything the boats are okayed for on our lake. So I wait to see if Mike agrees and lets me go.

That sure made me feel good to hear that from Mo.

I think my next sailing event will be Wednesday evening with Lee, and then possibly Thursday evening with John if he can get a boat for working on the whisker pole, anchoring, and man overboard drills.

Always something to learn.

But wow, what a day on the water. I'm going to have to get a sailing avatar soon for LJ the way this blog is going.

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