Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Confidence

We had our first proper sail yesterday which, despite not being as confident as I would like, was great. We've had a few problems with the outboard - C had to strip it as it wasn't working properly, and even then wasn't happy with it - but it worked beautifully, the wind was enough for us to get a really good sail, and the sun shone so everything looked fabulous.

Even Moll came with us, though we had to keep her down below as it was a bit busy. Her dear little face kept poking up to see if she could join us, but she was very good. We've got her a lifejacket - a pink one (that was the only colour they had in a small, I wouldn't have dared get a pink one otherwise) - and she is not impressed. I'm getting her used to it by wearing it round the house (her not me) and she gets a biscuit afterwards, but you can see from her face what she's thinking. "My god what does she think I LOOK like?"

Serenity is a dear boat and although taking off and landing is tricky on a pontoon, we've managed it both times and it can only get easier once we know more of what we're doing. Ever hasty, I wish I could re-learn everything I've forgotten instantly (such is my nature) and that my confidence would come pinging back in a flash. It will come back, I know, and we're both really pleased with the boat, and a fabulous sail yesterday.

So here's to more good times and making the most of what we've got. Whatever it is. For as long as it lasts.

12 comments:

Sally said...

Lovely to hear that, Sue. Hope I can manage the same before too long! :)

Flowerpot said...

I'm sure you will, Sally, and look forward to coming out with you - and you with us! X

Dc said...

Our first grand dog came on a canal holiday with us and wore a yellow life jacket. She was a puppy and fell in 3 times, once into a filled lock. She was able to hoisted out before being squashed so they are very good.

Flowerpot said...

DC - I must keep practising with Moll's jacket, then - thanks for that!

ADDY said...

So glad you are getting confidence with the sailing - you are braver than me. I always find dogs' expressions priceless when they have to wear clothes or booties or even those lampshade things round their necks. They scream - get me out of this.

Flowerpot said...

Addy - I think you are brave in different areas. Poor Moll, I want to be able to tell her it's not a vanity thing but essential for her!

Kim @ Him, Him Me said...

Flowerpot, you could tell Moll that it is for her own good until you were blue in the face, but she would never believe you!
Glad you've been out on the boat. That tall ship in the photo is very graceful.
Take care.

Flowerpot said...

Kim - the tall ship is lovely, isn't it? I took that a couple of years ago at Classics in Falmouth. Hope you are doing well X

Chris Stovell said...

I'm so pleased it went well - I'm in a similar boat (pardon the pun) stepping off onto the pontoon after such a long time was a bit daunting the first time I did it, and I've yet to face a 'roly' sea... But it is lovely getting out there again. Hope we both get the chance to make the most of our new boats this summer.

Flowerpot said...

Chris - glad you're enjoying it too, and yes let's hope the weather's kind to us this year. It's good to get away from the computer and get some fresh air in the lungs!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm glad it went well -- What great fun that I have no doubt will continue through the summer!

Flowerpot said...

Kim - I hope so!