The past two weekends Justin and I took a sailing class with Penny Whiting on board a 50 foot yacht called Endless Summer. The course was 15 hours total and we learned the basics of sailing and navigation. There were 11 students in the class and each day we all had a new "job" from rigging the main sail, rigging the jib, to being a sewer rat. We also took turns steering, adjusting the main sail, and adjusting the jib as we learned to tack and set the sails for the direction of our course. We sailed out in the harbour and basically turned in circles as we learned. I'm not sure Justin and I will be setting out on our own right away but hopefully we learned enough to eventually sail on our own!
Our instructor, Penny Whiting, is quite the character and has lived a very interesting life. She met the queen when she became a Member of the British Empire, was a professional surfer, her son was in the Olympics for sailing, and now she serves as a captain on many yachts basically sailing around the world. She was very strict with all of us and we joked that we paid to get yelled at. It was considered high praise if Penny told you, you had done something well. On the last day, she told me, "I like the way you let that sheet go". Success.
I will leave you with a few "Pennyisms"....
If it's hard, you are doing it wrong.
No, it's nothing like that.
Bad luck, insert name, bad luck.
No boat in the world can sail into the wind.
|About to leave the marina|
|Endless Summer leaving the viaduct via the draw bridge|
|Sneaking in a picture before Penny caught me|
|Geared up in my wet weather gear before a nasty sail in 30 knot winds|
|Justin rigging the jib on Endless Summer|
|Sailing around in circles in the harbour|
|Justin taking his turn at the wheel|
|Justin letting go the jib sheet and getting a little wet|