All wrapped up - Ninja Jussie
Here I am back in the 'sailing' mode about to have a few days at sea to refresh my skills. I didn't want to not be able to go sailing again this year, and leave until February '12 when doing a Clipper refresher course. I thought it was important to keep the momentum going, and have a chance to go over some basics again and conquer some areas I felt I lacked confidence in. I was nervous and excited and hoped wouldn't be sea sick either!
Hey, check out the yacht I was on over the weekend...great name - eh!! No reflection on me or anyone else ;)
Below, is Adam Tuffnell the skipper incharge over the weekend, and just getting set up with his electronics..men and their gadgets ;)
Also, for anyone interested in sailing check out Adam's website in this link for all you need to know/courses available White-Ocean Website
I was the first to arrive on Thursday 10th November and Adam was in the little galley cooking a mexican dish. The drive down was a nightmare, lots of traffic and sadly accidents and a perhaps 3.5 hour journey took me 5 hours (including a pit-stop on the motorway). I was quite tired upon arrival, but suprised at the lavishness of the yacht - a 34foot Bavaria, and had my own cabin - woo!! I guess from my Clipper training on a larger yacht with basics and a sling of material as a bunk with no privacy - I expected the same. So, happy days and I unpacked and made myself at home :)
Here I am with Kim practising knots.....bowline, rolling hitch, clove hitch etc
That night was spent eating our mexican wraps and having a good chat before we all decided it's time to sleep.
My main concern is helming and I had plenty of practice - only small movements on the wheel are needed from left to right and centering the wheel each time. Otherwise the yacht swings from one side to the other...lol...I had a few of those moments and left a trail of zig-zag patterns in the sea when I looked behind me!
Oops splash effect look ;)
Javier and Honour enjoying the view
Julie and I taking a 'smile' moment for the camera :)
And, I even get to helm in the dark.......
The weekend I joined for this sailing adventure, was actually a two part day skipper course - but, I just wanted to refresh my skills and get the experience back on the water. So, just did the one weekend. But, whilst I was there - still learned day skipper aspects which will help whilst doing my leg in the race. And here I am with Honour looking at charts and navigation planning.
And now night navigations....
On the Friday, I was 'mother' to cook for the crew and skipper and on the menu was chicken curry. It's actually quite hard to prepare and cook with such a tiny space and lots of prep was required cutting vegetables, cooking, washing up as you go along (where possible). The great aspect was that I was preparing/cooking on a relatively smooth sea and that will not always be the case. I remember for some of my training earlier in the year, being 'mother' and having to prepare drinks/foods when the yacht was at a 45 degree angle. Needless to say I did feel a little...green!!!
And here is the space I had to to work with....its's small, but you manage...like you do on the Clipper yachts. Actually I love cooking and its quite normal for me to host parties at my flat and love making lots of food. Nothing makes me more happy than seeing my friends enjoy what I have prepared. I never manage to cook just enough...I cook way too much, and it is known to have 'goody bags' to take home after leaving mine :)
Chicken curry for 6!
After a day at sea and a heavy duty curry - it was time to report back to my cabin and catch up on some sleep.
Some of the perks being at sea :)
I love the peacefulness of this all.
Look at my serious focused face whilst at the helm!
Adam guiding me whilst helming - I am never serious - but I am when responsible for a 34 foot yacht and a crew of people on board. No time for full throttle and three point turns...not like driving on the roads!!
And finally I get to park! Didn't quite get to the spot required and moved up along the jetty...just aswell there were no other boats or it would have been a pile up! Most of us managed this task quite well when it was our turn at the helm to moor up...except...perhaps a couple others moved along too and if any yachts were there, would have been...aim and hit ;)
Ok just a couple of random piccies here.
On Saturday night we all decided to go to a pub, eat, drink, share some giggles - before the last day training the following day. It has to be said by this point, I was truly exhausted and struggled eating my meal which is unlike me and by 10pm felt I could just drop my face on the table and fall asleep. We all left by 11pm and that hour I barely spoke much (again unlike me) as my body was shattered.
Here I am with Kim and Javier all smiles at the pub.
Sunday morning when we left port, the sea seemed more choppy and we were going against the tide. I did feel a little queasy and wasn't able to focus as my head was like a space cadet. I quite like the change in the sea, as I find it exhilerating - but do not like feeling unwell. I tried to focus but knew it was just a matter of time......hahahahaha!!!! And sorry Honour who saw my face change and told me to get to the back of the yacht......