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Windrush 14

I had the best time on Saturday morning when Dad and I finally sailed our new(?) catamaran. There’s no room for the cat at our house so Mum & Dad have kindly agreed to keep it at their place. I arrived at their’s bright and early to load up, followed by a great omelette (thanks Mum) before Dad and I set off for the river. I chose to try Perth Water for her maiden voyage since we’d sailed the hire cats there before and it was fairly familiar.

I should have taken the Kestrel with me, but a mix of the BOM site and experience says that we had between 5 and 10 knots wind, gusting to 15 or so. Direction was between E and ENE. Temp was a toasty 18 degrees C.

After some noob mistakes rigging, we set sail. Yeehah it floats and it sails :) The water was a little chilly but that didn’t matter. Not to me anyway since Dad was handling the jib and protecting me from the spray! Initially we had some problems maintaining headway when going about but got the sequence right after a few tries. It didn’t help that we seemed to be getting a wind shadow off Heirisson Island. By the end we were really grooving along. On the second last tack we were getting close to the island where the wind shadow was worse. So we chose to jibe instead. Rather nervously we pulled the sheets in, pulled the tiller and called ‘Jibe Ho’. Thank goodness it was a non event; we didn’t capsize, none of us got hit in the head by the boom and the sail didn’t even go bang. Perhaps in that wind we should have been jibing the whole time?

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It’s Christmas Time!

Well it’s that wonderful time of year again; the Christmas Tree is up, houses have lights on them, the weather is unbearably hot, the bank account is empty and certain family members need their heads banged together already.

Kristy and I went shopping yesterday (I know, I know, we weren’t thinking. Shopping on a Saturday two weeks before Christmas is a bad idea). We both came home exhausted but at least broke the back of the shopping list. We’ve got one person left to buy for I think. But, it was all worthwhile for this photo (sorry my phone has crappy autofocus). While browsing the decorations isle, I found a broken one made from plaster. I picked it up to show Kristy and said “Look, no ‘L’ “. Get it, No ‘L’? Ahh I crack me up.

Merry Christmas everyone.