I had to share – I have just got my sign up instructions for the seamanship course I am doing at Easter. I felt this might be a wise thing to do for when I sail in the sea (I don’t intend to – but you never know), wear Arran jumpers (I will never do this – do you know how much knitting there is in one of those things??) or smoke a pipe (obviously a health no-no).
So it was with great excitement I opened the email inviting me to the course.
“We will be using Wayfarers for the course which will include a full inversion capsize, lee shore leaving and landing, man overboard, sailing backwards, rudderless sailing, coming alongside, picking up moorings, anchoring, being towed and reefing afloat.”
- “full inversion capsize” – e.g. swimming beside an upside down boat – that’s fine – lots of practice a this one.
- “lee shore leaving and landing” – not too concerned – given where I sail I think I have done this lots without the fancy name. So now I shall be able to discuss it with aplomb.
- “man overboard” – falling in – giant tick.
- “sailing backwards” – I have quite literally no idea of what this is. I can’t even guess. I have been sat here 5 minutes….
- “rudderless sailing” – surely this is actually known as ‘drifting’? I wasn’t aware there was a professional way of doing this, so I am afraid I may well have picked up a number of bad habits already…
- “coming alongside” – another one I can do! Fortunately they didn’t say ‘coming alongside and then stopping in a controlled fashion’. When I do this I like to call it ‘crashing’. Usually the boat I come alongside calls it this too. And the insurance company.
- “picking up moorings” – Hmmm…. think this may be ‘coming alongside and then stopping in a controlled fashion’…. I’m checking my new insurance docs right now just to ensure I’ve still got this one covered. Yes… explains the rise in premium however.
- “anchoring” – I sail an RS Vareo on the deepest reservoir in Northern Europe – trust me – I’m not going to be managing an anchor on that long a chain on such a little boat. Unless a tattoo is compulsory to pass the course?
- “being towed” – definitely been towed before so I should pass this bit – although more usually its ‘boat being towed with me sat in the patrol boat’, but sure it won’t be that much different.
- “reefing afloat” – just one thing… I’ll say it slowly…. FULLY BATTERNED SAIL. If I could reef afloat I wouldn’t need to know about points 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 or 9.
I don’t see parrot-balancing on the list!! It’s the only REAL reason for me doing this and I would have thought would have been fundamental to this type of course.
Fortunately my beard-cultivation is coming on well.