Friday, August 31, 2012
I went out for some solo practice on my Laser in Bristol today.
I can sum up the experience in 3 words....
What a superb day. Sunny. Warm. Bristol Harbor full of boats on their moorings with a few folk actually out sailing. Totally picturesque. Perfect late summer day. Only a slight twinge of regret that the days are starting to get shorter and soon will be getting cooler.
Enjoy it while you can.
The wind was 5-10 knots and at least one forecast said it would build. Actually it didn't build. It died a bit and shifted from SW to W. Then came back in for a while. Then died down a bit for a second time.
I did over 30 tacks and then an uncounted number of gybes and some of them were almost OK. I did some windward mark roundings and some leeward mark roundings and some practice starts and some of them weren't too bad. I was so absorbed in what I was doing that I forgot all about the crap I read in the news this morning.
Some days you really need to go for a sail just to feel clean again.