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This weekend was an adventure to be sure.
One of the yacht club members decided to organize a raft up at Eardley Spit, a sandbar out on the lake. Whoever wanted to join could sail out, and we would all tie up to each other and have a potluck. Sounds like a plan, let’s do it.
Having never been to the spit, we asked around how to get there.
“Just head due west out of the channel”
10-4. Roger that.
It didn’t quite work out that way.
Because the instructions should have included a “hug the south side for a while, then head west, otherwise you’ll hit the sandbar”.
Which, you guessed it, is exactly what we did.
We were going along so well! There was good wind, it was a beautiful day. We were with several other boats leaving the channel, and in hindsight, we should have stayed behind them. But we were having fun testing different sail setups, figuring out which would work best in the conditions. We started pulling ahead, which shocked the hell out of us since Intrepid is weighed down with all our living stuff. We were pretty stoked to be sailing so efficiently when subtly we glided onto sand, and then we weren’t moving so efficiently. We weren’t moving at all.
Since the glide on had been so smooth, we thought we would be able to just start the motor and throw it in reverse and get out of it. No such luck. All we accomplished was churning up a ton of sand and muck, but didn’t go anywhere. After a bit of trying, we resigned ourselves to calling for help. Except the radio wouldn’t work. FAN-tastic. I called the marina while Tyson fiddled with the wiring, but there was no answer. Yay. Fortunately Tyson was able to wire the radio directly to the battery, and we were able to get in touch with the harbormaster. We’ll fix the wiring later.
While we were waiting, we got advice from one of the other captains to attempt to heel the boat over by swinging the boom out, and having one of us climb out on it. Tyson monkey climbed out while I manned the helm, but to no avail. While our shoal keel is great for draft, it isn’t so great for force keeling while sitting on it.
So we waited. Rescue 4 came out and pulled us free, and we were back on course.
It was all great amusement to the other sailors. Fortunately there was another boat that for momentarily stuck, so we were all able to laugh at our debacle together. No harm done, except maybe to our pride. Though, as they say, there are two types of sailors in the world: those who have run around, and liars.
The raft up was quite the experience. I loved it. We were like a small island of vessels. We explored other boats, and feel in love with a Catalina 34. Food was shared all around, drinks were had, and company much enjoyed. It’s amazing how quickly people become friends in the sailing community. It’s seriously one of my favorite things.
On the way back after, we successfully avoided the spit (though we were both paranoid and jumpy for a while) and we had some amazing sailing back to the marina. Some of our best wind so far, and we were cruising along most of the time. Until the wind died. At which point we gave up and motored the rest of the way in.
It was an adventure, and one of my favorite sailing days thus far. I can’t wait to do it again. Minus the rescue part. That I can deal without.
We came back to the boat for another week (ish) stay. The rain didn’t keep us away (though I really, really hope the bad weather stays away).
There is a lot to do this week to prep for boat life. Main things are installing new LED dome lights throughout Intrepid, PS4 mount in place (before I lose my mind having it just sit on the table), magnetic knife strip hung, and solve more leaks.
But all that can wait. Tonight we watch the sunset and relax.
We’re trying to give Ice more freedom to see if he will be more obedient. Currently he is running around the beach and reeds. Another nice thing about boat living is the seclusion means he can roam a bit more freely. During the day he needs to stay on the docks because we have tourists and he might bother them, but nights he can wander. We will see how it goes over the next few days. But in the meantime, he seems pretty happy.