Sunday, November 25, 2012

Last Sail of the Season and Tucked in.

The last sail of the season.  


Heading out

15th trip to the head that was a lot of lemonade.
This year the last sail of the season was just me and Myles.  BB was off on a trip to Ceder Point with some friends so we packed up and headed for the lake.  This was our first trip just the two of us out sailing.  Sailing alone with a 3 year old is a little like sailing with one hand behind your back.  One of the greatest things about the Typhoon is I can reach him wherever he is in the cockpit with out letting go of the tiller.  It was a great trip for the two of us and a good learning experience for us both.  My advice to anyone planning on trying this is to think ahead. Safety first PFDs and a Jack line on the kid.  I use my main sheet for this purpose because it is quite long.  Bring plenty for the child to do and lots of snacks and drinks.  Drinks with children lead to the need for bathroom breaks so be sure to have the head accessible.  Include the child in the sailing.  Myles helps pull up the sail, trim the sheets and crank the winch handles.  He is quite involved and feels part of the crew. 




 A week later we're out of the water for the season.  BB and I dropped the mast down.  I'm planning on making some modifications to the rig this winter and the mast creates a simple back bone for the winter cover.  Here we are all tucked in for old man winter.