Local Heart, Global Soul

March 1, 2013

Having a Few Hassles and Getting the Wind Up…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This is an archive post from the end of last summer when we went out for a picnic and go sailing in our Brother in Law’s (new to him) small sailing boat.

Unfortunately for us the weatherman’s forecast for today is becoming more and more inaccurate by the minute, as the clouds roll in and the wind picks up considerably.

After a very quick test run of the yacht with his daughter, Brother in Law decides it’s way too choppy to have kids in the boat and quickly brings her back to the shore.

Whilst we all enjoy a picnic lunch I take photos of other yachts that are clearly also having some problems in the wind, one tacks back and forth and pitches so far over, that water starts running into the boat.

I photographed one of these boats leaving the marina earlier and after the man bravely battled the wind for almost an hour I saw him call it a day and head back around the corner to the marina again.

I don’t blame him, it looked like more of a workout than fun to be honest (judging by the size of his boat, he would have managed better if he hadn’t been sailing alone).

In New Zealand, friends of my parents had a “trailer-sailer” yacht that I often got to go sailing in, I swiftly learned that sailing often means getting wet and “climbing for the high side” sometimes needs to be done in a hurry if the gusts suddenly have the boat on an extreme angle and water is coming over the side, and that ducking when the boom swings around is the recommended practice…

…one I learned to take more notice of after I was distracted by the view and got unceremoniously clocked on the forehead. Yes, my sailing companions did of course shout warnings for all they were worth but I was stupid and turned towards the boom instead of away from  it, so was greeted by a vision of a rapidly advancing wooden beam nano seconds before it hit me.

I survived and still enjoyed sailing trips but was lousy sailor whenever the water was choppy so I’m hardly a candidate for the Best Mate job any time soon.

Watching these boats in the wind here, certainly revived a few memories for me, and it will be nice for Himself and kids who have never sailed before can have a go one day too, and feel the excitement of the wind in their hair and the hum of the boat as it speeds through the water. From the lazy comfort of the shore I take photos of the sailors struggling with the wind…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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