ALTAIR - "... we hope they are all having at least half the fun we are!..."

2015-01-16

Day 9. Cant say anyone who loves schooner sailing could have asked for more and we have a large schooner fan club onboard...daily reports and meal times are the high points of the day, but its hard to believe that barreling downwind in 30 plus can get monotonous.

 

ALTAIR - "... we hope they are all having at least half the fun we are!..." 
Day 9. Cant say anyone who loves schooner sailing could have asked for more and we have a large schooner fan club onboard...daily reports and meal times are the high points of the day, but its hard to believe that barreling downwind in 30 plus can get monotonous. Between sail changes and helming the old girl when she's pressed (which has been all the time), we haven't had to worry about organizing an exercise program. Mostly we've trying to weigh having as much canvas up as we dare while not screwing ourselves later down the leg by blowing any up...so far so good! For entertainment value we've been up the end of the main gaff, main boom, various parts of main and fore top to bottom to solve various issues, all the while going up for daily rig checks and a never ending chafe patrol at deck level too. One will probably be able to spot our regular helmsmen on each watch by the time we get there as they'll look like a bunch of orangutans....I guess that means the stretched arms doesn't give us an excuse to reach into our pockets for the rounds when we get there, though given how thirsty we're getting, it'll hardly be an issue. We have a few busted spleens due to laughing but so far that seems to be our only injuries. Morale high.... Decorum low. Most importantly of all the Boss and his girls (both of whom have been doing their watches!) seem to be thoroughly enjoying the experience. The owners competitive streak leaves us in no doubt how much he enjoys it but also where he wants end up. Bring it on! good luck and fair winds to our competitors and we hope they are all having at least half the fun we are! 
Sending it on the high seas,
Ted
Bowman/Helmsman

Between sail changes and helming the old girl when she's pressed (which has been all the time), we haven't had to worry about organizing an exercise program. Mostly we've trying to weigh having as much canvas up as we dare while not screwing ourselves later down the leg by blowing any up...so far so good!

For entertainment value we've been up the end of the main gaff, main boom, various parts of main and fore top to bottom to solve various issues, all the while going up for daily rig checks and a never ending chafe patrol at deck level too. One will probably be able to spot our regular helmsmen on each watch by the time we get there as they'll look like a bunch of orangutans.... I guess that means the stretched arms doesn't give us an excuse to reach into our pockets for the rounds when we get there, though given how thirsty we're getting, it'll hardly be an issue.

We have a few busted spleens due to laughing but so far that seems to be our only injuries. Morale high.... Decorum low. Most importantly of all the Boss and his girls (both of whom have been doing their watches!) seem to be thoroughly enjoying the experience. The owners competitive streak leaves us in no doubt how much he enjoys it but also where he wants end up. Bring it on!

good luck and fair winds to our competitors and we hope they are all having at least half the fun we are! 

Sending it on the high seas,

Ted, Bowman/Helmsman

 

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