Wind Power

It was a real thrill to skip across the lake powered by the wind – not to mention watching everyone trying to flip the boat back up after capsizing it!

Me with my daughter Clara trying to figure out that sailing thing...
Me with my daughter Clara trying to figure out that sailing thing...

In case anyone was wondering why I haven’t posted for a while, I’ve got a great excuse:  I was out enjoying myself!

Just got back from a family reunion up in Michigan’s U.P.  Yes, they actually do have summer there, sometimes, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it!  I spent most of the week bundled up in a sweatshirt.

We did get one day warm enough to don a swimsuit (if you were willing to keep moving!) and by happy coincidence the wind was right to take my dad’s boat out for a

My dad and brother having a little more success at it than I did.  What a pretty sight!

sail.  He owns a VERY small, VERY cantankerous little racing sailboat called a Force 5.  (They’re named that because the nutzoids who race them like to take them out in a force 5 gale.)  Personally I was happy the wind stayed at the gentle breeze level.

Well, we all had fun and it was a real thrill to skip across the lake powered by the wind – not to mention watching everyone trying to  flip the boat back up after capsizing it!  I’m looking forward to next year, though – Dad says he’ll be looking for a Sunfish (a much tamer and more tractable little sailboat) for the grandkids to learn on.  Count me in, too!

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My dad and brother having a little more success at it than I did. What a pretty sight!

2 thoughts on “Wind Power”

  1. I’ve never sailed a Force 5, but I do love my Sunfish. I also have a Sunfish knock-off called a Super Porpoise. I’ve read a lot that the Sunfish a great for teaching younger kids sailing – I took my 8-yr old son out in July, and we had a blast! The wind was quite strong, we flew across the water, and even dumped it right over a couple times, but he seemed to enjoy it even so. The Sunfish rigging is quite simple – only 2 lines to deal with, and after you’ve raised the sail, it really is just the one line (mainsheet), and the rudder.

    Enjoy your sailing.

    my2fish

  2. Thanks! The Force 5 is quite simple as well, just kind of hard to handle. But then I’m a total novice. It sure was fun, though – I look forward to doing it again next year!

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