Monday, 21 June 2010

Trip to Potomas with Chris

31 nautical miles

My friend Chris from the UK came out to sail on King Malu, however avid readers of the King Malu blog will know we are still waiting for the new electric drive.

Hence...  we took out Galini.

Actually the Wayfarer is a nice boat for day sailing and we sailed all the way to Potomas and back.

We went up the Potomas creek and sat under the shade of a tree to eat our lunch. Sadly even that break from the sun was not enough for Chris' legs and ankles, which are somewhat sunburnt.

There was only one thing missing from lunch... a really nice coffee. We had forgotten to take any money and so despite the fact we were sitting beside a cafe, we couldn't avail ourselves.

On the way back Chris remarked 'You know when we get back we will have done the equivalent of a channel crossing'.

Looking at the GPS I realised that in fact we had already done the equivalent of a Dover to Calais crossing as we had, by that point, sailed more than 22 nautical miles.

The interesting thing is that sea miles in a Wayfarer don't count towards sea miles for you RYA certification. So... if a Wayfarer sails across the channel as part of a flotilla of yachts, the yachts can count the miles, but the Wayfarer cannot.

One of the hazards of Potomas is the fish farm just outside the creek.

Not very obvious - there are buoys visible from one side but not the other.

All in all a very good day's sailing.

When we got home we told Sue about the lack of money for the coffee and she said 'What about your emergency money?' and then retrieved more than five euros which would have provided us with coffee!


Francis said...

Hello Richard and Dad

Looks like you two are having fun out there. I look forward to more adventure stories.

As for our end, we appear to have a had a power cut which was why the server was down.

It's up and running again but I'm not sure how to check the website server.

Please forgive this less than nautical intrusion on your blog, Richard. I didn't know what email addresses would work.

Hope to hear from you soon


Snowman said...

Hey Richard,

Hope all is well with you. Haven't spoken in ages. Sorry to hear about the winds at the club. I hope the Galini was not damaged. Congrats on the boat you and Tim bought. It looks beautiful! I'm sure you and Tim will turn it into a super yacht.

Take care,