15 Jun 2005 18:31:36
AL Mills
My First Day of Sailing...

That's not entirely true. I sailed about 15 years ago on a friends 40'
catamaran.
Today, for the first time, I sailed my own 14' Hobie cat. I opted for a
day with light winds and a small lake (62 acres) in a county park. I had
a buddy with me and we had a fun enough time but it was pretty boring. A
couple of gusts got us moving about ten knots but for the most part, we
were becalmed a lot. At least we were able to sail from one end of the
lake and back. We ran out with the wind, tacked back and tried both
tacking and jibing. And rowing.
I also found out that if a 230 lb man sits on the aft corner of a Hobie
14 trampoline, he gets his ass wet!
But hey, we didn't capsize, so it's all good, right?

AL Mills


19 Jun 2005 05:07:00
Marty
Re: My First Day of Sailing...


"AL Mills" <al-mills@comcast.net > wrote in message
news:C-GdnX-BT_vLJy3fRVn-tw@comcast.com...
> That's not entirely true. I sailed about 15 years ago on a friends 40'
> catamaran.
> Today, for the first time, I sailed my own 14' Hobie cat. I opted for a
> day with light winds and a small lake (62 acres) in a county park. I had a
> buddy with me and we had a fun enough time but it was pretty boring. A
> couple of gusts got us moving about ten knots but for the most part, we
> were becalmed a lot. At least we were able to sail from one end of the
> lake and back. We ran out with the wind, tacked back and tried both
> tacking and jibing. And rowing.
> I also found out that if a 230 lb man sits on the aft corner of a Hobie 14
> trampoline, he gets his ass wet! But hey, we didn't capsize, so it's all
> good, right?
>
> AL Mills
>

Way to go! Congratulations! And keep on keepin' on!
There are light days and days when you get religion and everything in
between.
Enjoy them all and learn from them all.
And wear drip dry shorts!




20 Jun 2005 09:02:13
d parker
Re: My First Day of Sailing...



Anyone can sail in strong winds. It takes a "sailor" to get a boat moving in
light winds. Sounds like you are on the way. Ten knots in light winds tho?
Did you have a Log?

Tip. Remember when jibing to Centre the Boom manually (Pull it in with the
main sheet then release as soon as the wind catches it on the other side) .
Don't let the wind do it for you. You can break your mast.
Have Fun

DP


"AL Mills" <al-mills@comcast.net > wrote in message
news:C-GdnX-BT_vLJy3fRVn-tw@comcast.com...
> That's not entirely true. I sailed about 15 years ago on a friends 40'
> catamaran.
> Today, for the first time, I sailed my own 14' Hobie cat. I opted for a
> day with light winds and a small lake (62 acres) in a county park. I had a
> buddy with me and we had a fun enough time but it was pretty boring. A
> couple of gusts got us moving about ten knots but for the most part, we
> were becalmed a lot. At least we were able to sail from one end of the
> lake and back. We ran out with the wind, tacked back and tried both
> tacking and jibing. And rowing.
> I also found out that if a 230 lb man sits on the aft corner of a Hobie 14
> trampoline, he gets his ass wet! But hey, we didn't capsize, so it's all
> good, right?
>
> AL Mills




24 Jun 2005 15:42:48
AL Mills
Re: My First Day of Sailing...

d parker wrote:

>Anyone can sail in strong winds. It takes a "sailor" to get a boat moving in
>light winds. Sounds like you are on the way. Ten knots in light winds tho?
>Did you have a Log?
>
>Tip. Remember when jibing to Centre the Boom manually (Pull it in with the
>main sheet then release as soon as the wind catches it on the other side) .
>Don't let the wind do it for you. You can break your mast.
>Have Fun
>
>DP
>
>
Thank you for that tip. May have saved me a mast!

AL


24 Jun 2005 15:46:02
AL Mills
Re: My First Day of Sailing...

d parker wrote:

>Anyone can sail in strong winds. It takes a "sailor" to get a boat moving in
>light winds. Sounds like you are on the way. Ten knots in light winds tho?
>Did you have a Log?
>
>
Log?

Y'mean like a Ship's Log?

Hmmm, no. I rather think that'd be a good thing.

AL

p.s. 10 kts = w.a.g.


24 Jun 2005 08:38:43
d parker
Re: My First Day of Sailing...



"AL Mills" <al-mills@comcast.net > wrote in message
news:lJqdnTjep4AQgibfRVn-iA@comcast.com...
>d parker wrote:
>
>>Anyone can sail in strong winds. It takes a "sailor" to get a boat moving
>>in light winds. Sounds like you are on the way. Ten knots in light winds
>>tho? Did you have a Log?
>>
> Log?
>
> Y'mean like a Ship's Log?
>
> Hmmm, no. I rather think that'd be a good thing.
>
> AL
>
> p.s. 10 kts = w.a.g.

Log - as in Speedometer. In the old days, sailers threw a log off the boat
that was secured with a special rope. The rope had evenly spaced knots that
were counted out against a chronometer. Guess where the term "knots" comes
from? ;-)

A "ships log" on the other hand is for taking notes about the voyage -
Course, Position, Events on board etc. Ask Capt. Kirk.

w.a.g ?

DP




25 Jun 2005 17:11:12
AL Mills
Re: My First Day of Sailing...

d parker wrote:

>"AL Mills" <al-mills@comcast.net> wrote in message
>news:lJqdnTjep4AQgibfRVn-iA@comcast.com...
>
>
>>d parker wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>Anyone can sail in strong winds. It takes a "sailor" to get a boat moving
>>>in light winds. Sounds like you are on the way. Ten knots in light winds
>>>tho? Did you have a Log?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>Log?
>>
>>Y'mean like a Ship's Log?
>>
>>Hmmm, no. I rather think that'd be a good thing.
>>
>>AL
>>
>>p.s. 10 kts = w.a.g.
>>
>>
>
>Log - as in Speedometer. In the old days, sailers threw a log off the boat
>that was secured with a special rope. The rope had evenly spaced knots that
>were counted out against a chronometer. Guess where the term "knots" comes
>from? ;-)
>
>A "ships log" on the other hand is for taking notes about the voyage -
>Course, Position, Events on board etc. Ask Capt. Kirk.
>
>w.a.g ?
>
>DP
>
>
>
>
I thought it came from Nautical Miles Per Hour, Nauts = knots?

Wild Assed Guess

AL


25 Jun 2005 09:17:40
d parker
Re: My First Day of Sailing...




"AL Mills" <al-mills@comcast.net > wrote in message
news:n_CdnYhtx_mVGCHfRVn-vg@comcast.com...
>d parker wrote:
>
>>"AL Mills" <al-mills@comcast.net> wrote in message
>>news:lJqdnTjep4AQgibfRVn-iA@comcast.com...
>>
>>>d parker wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Anyone can sail in strong winds. It takes a "sailor" to get a boat
>>>>moving in light winds. Sounds like you are on the way. Ten knots in
>>>>light winds tho? Did you have a Log?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>Log?
>>>
>>>Y'mean like a Ship's Log?
>>>
>>>Hmmm, no. I rather think that'd be a good thing.
>>>
>>>AL
>>>
>>>p.s. 10 kts = w.a.g.
>>>
>>
>>Log - as in Speedometer. In the old days, sailers threw a log off the boat
>>that was secured with a special rope. The rope had evenly spaced knots
>>that were counted out against a chronometer. Guess where the term "knots"
>>comes from? ;-)
>>
>>A "ships log" on the other hand is for taking notes about the voyage -
>>Course, Position, Events on board etc. Ask Capt. Kirk.
>>
>>w.a.g ?
>>
>>DP
>>
>>
> I thought it came from Nautical Miles Per Hour, Nauts = knots?
>
> Wild Assed Guess
>
> AL

Ahh.. . Nautical mph came from Knots (in the rope) ph. So you're on the
right track.

;)

DP