Sunday, 16 May 2010

Mucking About In Boats



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I went sailing for the first time last summer and loved it, but you know how these things go - life got in the way, and before I knew it, it was the 'off' season and I hadn't gone back to practise what I'd learnt. Well, now it's summer again, and yesterday we took advantage of the beautiful weather to go across to our friends' sailing club again and have another go.

It was a busy day on the river: there were a couple of races taking place at the sailing club, and we were overtaken by a handful of narrowboats and motor boats, too. Apparently a narrowboat is just another obstacle to avoid if you're racing on the river - as is a non-racing boat such as we were in.

I quite fancy learning to sail one of the little one-man racing boats, one day. It would be a bit different to have to do every job simultaneously - challenging, but fun, I think. However, being part of a four-man crew at least gives me chance to document everything with photographs - all from my old (waterproof) camera, for obvious reasons!

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34 comments:

Katie's Dailies said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun, and you took some gorgeous pictures---were you over in England, because the river looks just like the Thames from when I was there!

Hope you have a happy Sunday!

(and if it wasn't the Thames, it's still beautiful!) ; )

smilla4blogs said...

Wonderful series of photos! "Mucking about in boats" is my most favorite expression...and it's what we do all summer long in Maine!

Aging Mommy said...

Beautiful photography! I am looking at your photos of the canal and barge, and your other posts with the Yorkshire Dales and remembering what it is I love about England - the countryside and the beautiful scenery.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

The photos are great! It looks like so much fun, don't forget to go back and practice on a regular basis this summer now ;-) Love from London x

Louiz said...

I love sailing! I haven't been since I was in my teens, but I loved it.

BLOGitse said...

That sailing looks...cute! If you compare to those big ones sailing in big oceans...

You missed our move because you haven't visited my blog for ages! :)
And I've been busy because of relocation and problems with home hunting...
We should move on Thu but I don't believe it before we're in.

Have a great week ahead!

BLOGitse

Katie said...

What fun! I would absolutely love to learn to do that!

Lauren said...

Oh, man, I would LOVE to go sailing one day. I wonder if I included that in my 101 in 1001 list? If not, I'll have to nix something and add it! Lol.

Midday Escapades said...

Oh, I've always wanted to try sailing. The pics are great. The boats look almost like toy miniature boats. Too cute.

p.s. I would "like" you if I had a Facebook account. Decided I could do with one less thing.

Ruth said...

Sailing is one of those things on my bucket list. The photos are great. It really looks like a fun time. You make me want to push it up on the list of things to do.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Oooh, boats and sailing - lush! I love them too, have done since I was a little girl fascinated by the entire 'Swallows and Amazons' series (which I still have....). Learning to sail is on our list too as Sir also wants to learn one day.=)

I daresay the narrowboats find the sailing boats rather a nuisance too!! The old rule of the road is 'steam gives way to sail' and it can be hard to get out of the way at times!!=)

I'm one of the minority who don't use Facebook and friends, (no Twitter, no Myspace etc), but I looked at your page anyway and liked your wedding photo.=)

erin - heart in ireland said...

yay! i love sailing :)
and i can't wait to do more this summer.

A 2 Z said...

I also wanted to take up sailing lessons. But 2 children got in the way and kept saying when they are older they can participate. Well, that did not happen either. I love the pics. These small boats almost look like toys from a distance. Thanks for sharing.

Anne-Marie

Corrie Howe said...

Love the photos of the sail boats. We live on a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and Patxuent River. So I've never seen such narrow water ways for sailing as you've pictured.

Seizing My Day said...

What a great adventure!! =) wonderful pics with your 'older' camera!! I have always wanted to learn to sail ~ on a bigger sailing vessel!! ha ha! wont' happen.. so maybe one day I will learn to sail a wee one! =)

Thank you for the offer on the England postcard ~ we have a wee map with the continents ~ and we actually have England and a number of other European countries! I showed that map on my first blog post about our project... I will put it in the next update!

I lived in Carnforth England for 7 mo. at Capernwray Bible School in 92-93!! I heart England!! =)

Tabor said...

Hubby once owned a rather large catamaran and sailed the islands of Hawaii. I met him just in time to help paint it and put it up for sale...no pun intended. Anyway, I get pretty sea sick so while I do go out boating I make sure it is on the calmest of days.

ScoMan said...

An Australian girl just became the youngest person to sail solo around the world.. kind of.

Anyway, sailing looks hard. I don't think I could manage it. Good on you for learning.

FranticMommy said...

WOW. That looks heavenly! the water is like glass. Did you have a good SITS day? Thanks for stopping by my blog!

julie said...

that looks like fun! You're bringing back memories from my childhood when we used to go sailing on our lake up in Northern Wisconsin. Such good times.

Deirdre said...

Those are awesome photographs. :)

LindyLouMac said...

Returning the compliment and visiting your blog. From what I have seen so far I think you would love where I live, Lago di Bolsena. I will now be a regular visitor here as well.

Megan said...

I've never been sailing, but those photos make it look like tons of fun!

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

oh i've always wanted to do this. the military gave free sailing lessons at Pearl Harbor when we were in Hawaii and I never even went =( i love your photos too, it really looks like it was a serene experience?! Have a beautiful week.

Krajcimama said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I've never been sailing, but I love the water and find it really relaxing!

Great pictures!

Kristin said...

Have you ever seen the movie Wind? It always makes me want to sail!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

I think that would be tons of fun to do. And those are some really great pics too!

Melissa said...

I love being on the water, I'm a little more low key and prefer a canoe but I have sailed a few times and it's great fun!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've always wanted to go sailing!

cornflakegirl74 said...

I loooooooooove your pictures and sailing looks like great fun! There's something very therapeutic about being on the water, isn't there?

Thanks so much for stopping by :) Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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The Empress said...

I have to hook you up with my friends' blog. They're sailing around the world for 2 years!

Sounds like your cup of tea. You might enjoy the pictures.

Lovely to meet you!

Kazzy said...

That looks like so much fun! I like calm water in a little channel!

Dave King said...

I share your enthusiasm for mucking about in boats, though I've n ev er got beyond canoes. A fine post, with some fin e photographs bring b ack some lovely memories.

Mary said...

What a wonderful weekend outing. Your photos are just wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

That looks like so much fun! Before you know it you'll be sailing around the world!

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