Post by the Omrud Post by Chris McMillan
:). Could be. We need our Tall Sails correspondent.
Back to me then. I spent a fortnight on the Sail Training Ship "Malcolm
Miller" when I was 17. Worcestershire paid because I'd been teaching
sailing for years at the county sailing centre.
We ulearned to sail at the Herts Sailing Base in Cheshunt . We did the
day sailor course, including how to capsize and right a dingy, an
Otter. As Capt Ex had his Master's ticket he and the bosun of the
centre who was teaching his group used to sod off to the pub.
We then got a Heron dingy and parked it on the reservoir at Stanstead
Abbotts at the club there. We began when the daughters were small but
very soon they joined us and we had the 4 helms, no crew problem. The
club had fun events for the whole family, fireworks parties and summer
regattas with events for children too.
WHen the kids were in their teens we rented a boat, unfortunately with
accompanying obnoxious owner, for two weeks, but it was a catamaran,
which has a horrible motion. We went to France and the Channel Isles
and came back at night. We came into Poole Harbour in the dark under
sail! The owner was playing with his radio and #1 daughter and I were
puking. Capt Ex and #2 daughter as lookout managed a safe return.