If I could figure out how to subtitle a post it would be Brrrrr…
Determined to do our share for the June 18th, worldwide Sailstice celebration we spent the weekend at the lake hoping to represent Idaho and get some sails up… the weather had some other ideas though.
Friday was mixed weather and basically no wind (although there was enough wind to make the windex do a 720° rotation, with no pauses), but we did get Turnstone out at least long enough to see that I had the topping lift trapped on the mast by the upper shroud… attempts with a boat hook and the whisker pole proved it couldn’t be freed on the water. Fearing we might have to drop the mast, we wallowed around for a little while just jib & jigger then returned to the day dock where – luckily – the topping lift could be yanked free once I was standing on the dock. Friday, ’nuff said.
Saturday dawned COLD… 25 degrees… and overcast; by 11:00 it was raining sporadically. Hunkered down in the van with the furnace on we read, napped, and possibly consumed an adult beverage. Emboldened by said beverage(s), we decided weather be damned we’ll make a showing for Sailstice. A cold wade to the boat and a fly by of the day dock got us both on board, and we actually managed a quite nice sail in a lucky weather window… not clear, but not raining, and a bit of breeze, enough to show one sail on the lake for the day. In fact, we were the only boat out except the shuttle running once an hour from end to end on the lake… enough to make one extra careful when you consider the water temp is about 46° right now. The heavens opened again soon after we returned to shore, so our timing was about as good as it could be.
Sunday, while still an empty lake and a cold breeze, was actually quite a nice day of sailing with the sun trying to peak out, although some very fluky winds as the system that pounded us Saturday started to move out. But we got out again as the only boat on the lake, how nice is that in late June! Some good speed dried the sails and everything else out, and has us chomping at the bit for more!
Neil’s Dream was nice, but it sure is pleasant to be back on Turnstone!
Pictures from Saturday’s rally: