Monday, 7 July 2014

A short break

Yesterday was a good, uncomplicated, short sail from Glenarm to Carrickfergus. We tried to launch the spinnaker but there was insufficient wind, and what there was did not know where it wanted to go, so the Beast was put back in its lair. But not without a fight, as it suddenly hurled itself round the gennaker forestay and had to be coaxed down. 

We berthed in Carrickfergus and then said goodbye to Andy, before having an evening meal and thinking about arrangements for this morning. Chris and I left the boat today and headed for the airport, him to return home with many thanks for his company and expertise, me to meet some of my family who are joining me for a short break here in beautiful Northern Ireland. 

We drove in a car, my first for three weeks, and it felt odd to be travelling so fast! This blog will most likely pause until around 16th when I return and welcome Vincent and David. 

But for the moment, I am at Belfast arrivals looking forward to meeting my family whom I have not seen for three weeks. 


1 comment:

  1. How can sailing be so exhausting and relaxing? Its taken me a while to recover after one week of crewing so I can only imagine how the skipper must be feeling.

    Chris my fellow crew-mate feels a close historical connection with sailors of old; admittedly with some misgivings regarding the catamaran. The skipper was thinking about uses of wind for global transport in the future. For me, I just enjoyed the moment as we criss-crossed between land masses that seem so separated on a map.

    There's a great power of common purpose to unite very different individuals on a sailing boat under sometimes challenging conditions.

    A reminder to self: remember to make sure that you leave enough time when you return to dry land so that the world stop rocking before performing microsurgery.

    Andrew Ramsay