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The first Drascombe rally of 2015

Friday 1st May 2015

Driving down to Chichester to attend the first day of the May rally. read my blog for an update as to what I have been doing.

Friday 27th February 2015

Arriving down at Chichester to a lovely blue sky, I had my first time on a boat with the sails up.

Wow, once I got over the initial scary bits of the boat leaning over more than I liked, we had a lovely time, I even managed to tack and gybe (there is a lot to learn when it comes to sailing)

More about my first time with the sails up is on my blog

Sunday 15th February 2015

Today I was practising my knots, along with browsing through some sailing books.

I am now looking forward to my next adventure on the water, hopefully with some oportunities to use my knot skills.

I shall update my blog soon.

Saturday 24th January 2015

After recovering from ten busy days at London Boat Show, on Friday 23rd January I ventured out onto the water for the very first time.

I will admit, I am very nervous of the water, even being on a ferry is not enjoyable to me, however, I decided that my News Years Resolution was to go sailing, hopefully enjoy being on the water, understand why so many people love sailing, attend my first rally, live aboard for a night, and at some point sail a Drascombe on my own. I never do things by halfs, as you will find out.

After not taking me seriously over a year ago, I finally persuaded Dick Pizey to take me out on his boat (Yes, I know it is not a Drascombe, but we all have to start somewhere). 

The weather was sunny, dry and cold, but as I had many layers on to keep warm that did not worry me. If I thought I was going to have an easy day, I was mistaken.

We motored out through some ice at Chichester Marina, through the lock and into a vast area of water (yes, I very much am a novice, even with sailing technical terms) being very carefull to stay away from the buoys in the water along the way. Steering was fun, my way, your way, soon become port and starboard. 

We moored up at Itchenor (to test my parking skills) and then motored off to moor up overlooking Bosham for lunch. 

The peace and quiet was wonderfull, the view was amazing, and the company was good too!

After lunch we headed back to the marina, and packed up for the day, three and a half hours flew by, I even managed to sell some spares and accessories while on the boat - I never seem to be off duty.

So, did I enjoy it? Yes, very much

Will I be going again? Definately, the date is booked in the diary

Thank you Dick for my first experience on the water, here's to many more!