Enzo, on the other hand, is still figuring it out.
Shell's mom came to visit this past weekend, and got to experience some great and not so great things! Just a couple hour after she arrived, Zia got a little ambitious with the boarding ramp and went overboard. I heard Shell say "OH ^%$@ Zia's in!" and we all sprang to action. It was dark, and I didn't realize that Deb still had a hold of Zia's leash, which was attached to her safety harness. I was going for the boat hook and to drop the swim ladder, but before I could, Deb and Michelle had Zia back on deck. She was a little cold and pumped full of adrenaline, but otherwise uninjured.
We took tenalach out on her first sail. We bit off a bit more than we could chew with having an overnight guest and two other friends, Erika and AJ, on the boat with us for the first time, AND the dogs going on their first sail. The wind was blowing about 18 knots, which the boat LOVED, but the dogs didn't like the heeling so much.
The trip started with us leaving a spring line attached when leaving the slip, which is always embarrassing. We got that cleared and out into the fairway and channel with no other issues. Once out far enough into the bay, we put up the main and relaxed for a bit. We then rolled out our large genoa, and tenalach sprang to life! We briefly topped 8 kts through the water, and we didn't even put up the mizzen. We were VERY pleased with how she sailed. We learned a LOT as we went out and rounded the Thimble Shoal light, which you can see both from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. On our way to the light, Enzo decided he wanted to be in the cockpit, which is a safer place for him anyway. He was comfy there until we tacked and he slid right off onto the cockpit floor, taking some of our skin with his claws as he went. We had originally put the dogs on the aft cabin trunk, thinking they'd just stay out of the way. They didn't, opting to stand RIGHT next to the helm and directly over the traveler. This is obviously not safe, and as we got around the lighthouse we pulled the sails in and motored back. We will have to find a different place for them next time. Here are some images; it was a beautiful day! Thanks to Erika for taking these photos.
|Securing the Stooges!|
|Thimble Shoal Light. Ocean View Beach in Norfolk is in the background.|
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