Learning to sail!
Yesterday we went out on our first ever sailing trip! Ben met a man online named Ed who said he would take us out on his boat on Lake Lanier. His boat is a racing boat, not a cruising boat, but the sailing basics are about the same I guess. Either way, we had a great time!
Our sailing vessel for the day. Ed named her “Lucky”.
Getting the boat into the water.
Look at that beautiful sail!
Ben looks so serious steering the boat. Ed took us out on the water and showed us about finding the direction of the wind and turning the sails into the wind. He told us about apparent wind and true wind (learn more about that here if you’re interested), and how the sails actually work. There is so much stuff to learn. Also, Ben is much better at it than I am, he is proving he will be an excellent captain.
There wasn’t much wind today, but we still had a great time! We did a lot of sitting in the sun and getting tossed around by motor boats. Which Ed called being “Shaked and Baked”, haha.
After we got the boat out of the water, Ed took us down to another marina. We had lunch at the yummy restaurant and walked down a dock with some other sailboats on it. Ed has a lot of knowledge about boats and the different types. He was telling us about which boats are good brands and which ones we should stay away from. He’s a pretty great guy, and he offered to take us out on the water again, which we are pretty excited about.