Posts Tagged with ‘Racing’
19 Oct 2014
Oh my goodness…Good Lord, Lord help me, Jesus Christ. These are really the only phrases that come to mind when I think back about “My Ordeal” during the 2014 Harvest Moon Regatta. Well the only expletive free phrases. I had planned all along to try the Ear Plug Trick for Seasickness during this race as I’ve had such great success with it in the past. Honestly every time I’ve tried it on Ole Lake Pontchy it worked. It has worked even in more than moderate conditions […]
13 Oct 2014
It all started out so calmly…
We headed out early to pick up crew.
Aboard Todd Johnson’s Morning Sun were six souls. Todd, Tate, Dani, Danny, Kay, and Katerina. The TTDDKK crew. Todd you all know from our posts about last years HMR and he returns this year as a fun and safe skipper. New to us were:
Danny, who is an adventurer and W32 owner
Kay, who is a kind TX Power Squadron member and crews with Todd often
Katerina, who is a bundle of overwhelming energy and impervious to se […]
05 Oct 2014
Tate has taught me well, oh yes, just how to plant that seed. He planted the seed of sailing around the world early in our relationship and I took notes knowing this was a skill I could one day use for myself. My time came shortly after the conclusion of last year’s Harvest Moon Regatta. We had so much fun racing along the coast of Texas in a fellow Westsail 32 and I desperately wanted to do it again, the following year. But NO Tate said, we’ll have too much to do, too much to finis […]
03 Apr 2014
I have battled seasickness pretty much every time we sail. Calmish weather, medium weather, rough weather, you name it and I’m feeling queasy. It’s actually been a source of frustration for me since every time I get aboard to race or pleasure sail I take some kind of medicine (1/4 to 1/2 pill of Scopace usually) and end up feeling strange and sluggish. Over a period of days this gets rough and my time just isn’t as enjoyable, except for the last two races. That’s right, […]
20 Mar 2014
Its really still somewhat surreal to me that Sundowner is back in the water and can move under sail power just as well as engine power again. And without me fearing that the engine will explode or that the mast will collapse and murder Dani. (Though sometimes I think Dani wishes the mast would fall on me.) Despite my dissonance and weariness to believe that the major rigging of the boat is done, the fact remains that we DID sail the boat in a race. And so I suppose I’m forced to bow my hea […]
21 Oct 2013
Happy to report that the Sundowner crew has made it safely home after our participation in the 2013 Harvest Moon Regatta.
It was a great experience for Dani and I. It was our first time sailing “really” offshore and also our first overnight sail. It taught us many things about boats at sea and gave us some good ideas of how sailing out across an ocean must be. We’re very grateful for the opportunity that Todd Johnson gave us in allowing us to crew aboard his W […]
16 Oct 2013
Well we are all packed and ready to drive to Galveston, Tx today to crew with skipper Todd aboard SV Morning Sun (another Westsail 32 who we met during last years Westsail rendezvous) to participate in the Harvest Moon Regatta, the first time for us.
That’s her under sail on the left.
We will be carrying a “Spot” gps locator beacon that transmits our location every 10 minutes or so. If you go to this link (Harvest Moon regatta race tracking) and scroll through the list of boat names, […]
25 Jun 2013
Tate and I continue to trade our suits, tools and rickety old bow pulpits for time outdoors aboard Quest for the Wednesday night races. It’s pretty amazing but no matter what troubles and complex issues I’ve dealt with while boxed in four walls at work, as soon as I get outside on the deck of a sailboat they seem to lighten and fly away with the breeze. I imagine I’m not alone in that sentiment seeing all of the other eager sailors each week.
Lately we’ve been with the s […]
22 Sep 2012
Today was the Great Lake Race on Lake Pontchartrain. They have one every year which consist of a staggered start to compensate for the different boat ratings and a long 20 mile course around the lake to various buoys. Probably about 30 boats showed up and many were flying Spinnakers which always makes for a pretty race.
We actually got to start first at 9:31am. Starting first actually means you have the highest rating and are probably the slowest, but hey for a while we were first and it […]
08 Sep 2012
As Sundowner sits in her slip waiting for cool weather, we continue to race aboard Quest every Wednesday and sometimes on the weekend.
Quest is at a different marina than Sundowner so this past Wednesday was the first time Tate and I were able to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac. This marina is more protected so the boats seemed to fare better, although plenty had damage on the leeward side.
A couple of boats had ripped sails, were wrecked into the dock or sank all together.