WTF was I thinking.
Jaques texted inviting me to sail his tiger hobie over the weekend…..during a race.
Now. I’m no slouch, but this was a huge step up from where I started. Basically I went from sailing a bathtub to sailing a rocket ship.
all in all a bad idea.
I didn’t say much. I just tried to listen. Follow what he said. But his accent and he mumbles.
It was also racing. which I’ve never done while being at the helm. It was very stressful and high anxiety.
UGH. we don’t get along.
AND THEN….since i was “driving” i capsized us. then he wasn’t clear in explaining how to right the damn thing, and then i slipped and the harness i was wearing punctued one of the hulls.
UGH. UGH. UGH. I just wanted to give up and not even be around him. He def. doesn’t make me feel good about myself nor confident. I enjoyed being on the boat. But did not enjoy the company.
Quite frankly I think the feeling is mutual.
We are done.
I don’t even have a desire to call him. text him.
I do have a desire to punch him.
But I refrain.
This past weekend was my first Regatta at the JSC.
I was lucky enough to crew on a 16 foot catamaran. Almost got fully up on the trapeze.
Placed second out of four boats. All thanks to Sam and his boat. I just did as I was told.
Hopefully there are photos. Proof of my participation. somewhere. So I can share. Aside from the bruises and weird tan lines from my short wet suit. Currently it just looks like I’m in a really bad physical relationship. I assure you though, that the relationship is with sailing and other water sports.
Until then…just have to take my word.
Next up, back to the FJ and to practicing how to helm.
Just have to keep getting out on the water and getting over the nerves of over tacking and over gybing the boat.
This is nothing I’d rather be doing these days than learning how to sail.
Cross one item off the bucket list!!! Well for a beginner anyways…next step sailing solo and eventually catamaran (that’s the end goal). For now I’ll sit in my glory knowing that I finally did this sailing thing. Something I wanted to do for years.
For the past seven weeks, I’ve been tacking and gybing my way in a Flying Junior (FJ) dinghy with a partner as the FJ is a two person boat.
That is not me, nor is it Vancouver. But that is the type boat I’ve learned how to sail on. I passed the course. Not entirely sure how everyone passed the course. One would think that if a person rams their boat into the dock (which we don’t even use!) because they can’t figure out how to steer away from it, they should maybe not pass the beginners course.
No, that was not me and my crew who displayed such disregard for the basics. We had successfully capsized and righted the boat twice and landed at our spit before that crew could get their sh*t together.
Now. I just need more practice before enrolling in the Intermediate classes for September and I have the entire summer to find a person to crew while I practice at the helm.
As wind is not a constant thing here in YVR or at the Sailing club for that matter. Tomorrow I’m learning how to self rescue in a kayak so I can take those out in the event the weather is not sailing friendly. (The club I belong to has a fleet for sailing, windsurfing and kayaing).
Just another part of this summer and how I am enjoying everyday of my life. Never in my adult life have I been more busy or content with the activities I’m doing or the life that I’m leading. I just need a few extra hours of sleep so I can get the practice for the 5K run I have coming up in August. Time IS running out on that one.
I finally sat down and figured out some goals and wants. Considering I am finally settling and coming to terms with what I’m doing in my life professionally, it’s time to focus on what I want to do with all my other time. We’ll see if I can start knocking some of these things off the list.
- Learn to speak Spanish
- Learn how to sail
- Learn more graphic design concepts
- Learn how to use my DSLR better
- Learn Tennis
- Learn how to play the guitar
- Get better at Snowboarding
- Create a work portfolio
- Family history – where in Russia/Ukraine I am from and Go there.
- Do more hiking
- Run 10K consecutively
- Have a fantastic LOVE PARTY [in lieu of wedding]
- Make new friends who aren’t having babies.
- Pay off student loans
- Buy a new car
- Increase RRSP contributions
- Invest in a property
- See the sunrise at Heleakala, Maui, Hawaii
- Road trip to the High Arctic – MacKenzie Delta
- Go Whitewater rafting
- See an active volcano, Kona, Hawaii ?
- Storm watching on West Van. Island.
- Kayak with Killer Whales and camp under the stars in Johnstone Strait, BC.
- Canoeing Expedition – Quadra Island
- Travel Scotland
- Travel Greece
- Travel South America
- Travel Switzerland
- Travel to Cuba
- New York City