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You know that song… “sailing, take me away to where I’m going…doo dit…” ?
It’s been stuck in my head all weekend. And even as I sit here typing, I still feel like I’m swaying along with the boat after yesterday’s sailing adventures (not a terrible feeling at all). The song remains stuck there.
That’s okay, it’s a small price to pay, because turns out we’re big fans of sailing.
James and I took Das Bus out for the weekend, in what we expect will be our last trip ever with her. We didn’t wander far from home, just about an hour south actually, to Utah Lake State Park.
Bonneville School of Sailing operates on the lake. They offer all sorts of sailing experiences, from basic cruises to advanced learn-to-sail experiences. Plus with a campground AND a bike trail right next to the dock…does this have our names all over it or what?
So, let me give you all a little sailing lesson now that I’m a pro. The first thing, for you future sailors, when you go out sailing, is you better be prepared to learn a whole new language. Sailing is packed full of crazy lingo, and unless you want to be the next Peter Peachfuzz, you better learn it quickly.
For example. You can “jibe” or you can “tack.” Both are names for technical turns you do either into the wind or away from the wind. I’m not exactly sure which is which, but I do know that “jibing” is WAY more fun, since the boat pretty much ends up at a 45 degree angle, with everybody on the verge of spilling out before it straightens itself. And let me clarify, that’s “jibing” with a “B”. I actually just learned that post-trip. All day sailing, I was saying “jive.” No wonder no one laughed as I started doing the hand jive. When it was my turn as driver though, our pilot wouldn’t let me do a “jibe.” But I DID get to do a “tack,” and that’s pretty cool, too.
We sailed until sunset…and wow. I’ve seen a lot of sunsets in all our adventures. But as the waters calmed, and the lake emptied of all other boats, and everything quieted, experiencing the sunset from the boat was almost surreal.
How do you top an RV adventure like that? I’ll TELL you how! You wake up the next morning, throw open the RV door, and take off on unknown biking adventures! (with a little mis-adventure thrown in…as always)
Stay tuned for part 2!
Gee, after the “Shaker Table” episode jumping into a boat would be the last form of recreation I’d picture you being enthusiastic about. It’s strange, I wonder why a rocking boat is ok, but not a car. I personally do ok jibbing downwind, but tacking upwind makes me lose my breakfast.
I know, it’s so weird, because in cars/RVs, I’m awful. I think it has to do with the wind and fresh air blowing on my face. We did a trans-Atlantic cruise once, and I actually was pretty miserable with motion sickness when things got choppy. And I’m fine on planes…I can even read! Go figure…
Welcome to sailing, Stef. Like an RV on the water.
At some point in time, everyone gets seasick (or at least a bit nauseous). Wind and fresh air help, but one of the secrets (which may be the issue in an RV, especially at night) staying topsides and looking at the horizon. Seems to give you a reference point for your equilibrium. Going below usually makes it worse. One trick we do with seasick sailors is put them on the helm – staying busy, keeping the boat on course and looking out at the horizon most always works. The other is gingersnaps (yes, ginger does seem to help). Try them on an RV trip.
Just remember if you do get sick, go to the leeward side of the boat. ;~)