Charter successes

The last post I talked a bit about how it was confidence building to get the sails up and sail on our own.  But the whole trip was really a confidence booster.  We had opportunities, even though we didn’t sail much, to practice a lot of other skills and really show ourselves that we canContinue reading “Charter successes”

Wind (?) on the open water

We got to the spend the week on a sailboat in the Pacific Northwest.  I’m pretty deliberate about saying we spent a week on a sailboat, because to say we sailed for a week would be a bit of an overstatement!  In typical Lever fashion….we were lacking wind or when we had it, it wasContinue reading “Wind (?) on the open water”

Certified…or Certifiable Sailors!

We wrapped up our American Sailing Association 101 and 103 courses, with the Victoria Sailing School, a couple of weeks ago.  What this entailed was taking our last practical lesson, which was on a J/30, so it was about eight feet longer than the other boats we’ve been on and taking our two tests. FirstContinue reading “Certified…or Certifiable Sailors!”

Moving On!

We have finished our practical lessons on the J/22.  Our last lesson in the basic keelboat and coastal cruising line will be on a J/30.  It’s made by the same company, but is about 8’ longer.  There are also some other differences, including the sail set up as well as steering and anchoring.  I’m lookingContinue reading “Moving On!”

Trade Offs

Last week we transitioned from the Basic Keelboat practical lessons to the Basic Coastal cruising lessons.  So we’ve moved on from, how does a boat work to, if your sailing here’s some more advanced techniques you need to be aware of to operate a boat safely.  It was an interesting transition.  We know the pointsContinue reading “Trade Offs”

We had wind!

We’ve had a few sailing lessons now, the first one did not have any wind, so it was more of an exercise in learning the parts of the boat, running the motor, when there was wind, trying to figure out where it was coming from.  The next two lessons had wind!  So, we could sail! Continue reading “We had wind!”

Sailing is fun…when there’s wind!

Grandad said, “When I tell you, push the tiller until the bow is pointed at that point, I’ll trim the mainsail from there.  We can’t sail into the wind, so this is called tacking.” I said, “Yeah, if we pointed the bow directly into the wind, we’d go backwards, right?” Grandad, “No, we can’t sailContinue reading “Sailing is fun…when there’s wind!”

Nine to 5

BZZZ!  BZZZ!  BZZZ!  Get up.  Go to the gym.  Come home.  Shower.  Go to work.  Come home.  Cook dinner. Eat. Go for a walk.  Clean the kitchen.  Homework.  Look at the phone.  Watch TV.  Go to bed.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat. Oh yeah, and on the weekend, we spice things up!  Laundry.  Meal planning.  Grocery shopping.Continue reading “Nine to 5”