On Saturday, Mike Simmons and I enjoyed a grand day sailing on Squib Satyr. The wind was a gentle F2 but a F3 was promised and we weren’t disappointed. As it happens the wind did pick up and we sailed the whole of the south leg and also managed to sail in across to towards Whitwell and the Dam area enjoying very good winds – with the odd F4 gust.
In fact we enjoyed ourselves so much we only took a couple of videos and snaps which are included in this post – we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed our sail.
Launching and recovery went very smoothly – with the tractor being ready available on both occasions. Overall we enjoyed circa 4 hours sailing – the time flew by and we frequently changed helms to ensure we both got helm time as well as crewing. Also, we never got wet, as was forecasted.
So, how did we guarantee this wonderful sail and great conditions? Anyone who sails knows it’s all weather dependent so when Dave (who was originally booked in for Sunday) checked the forecast on Friday and saw that Saturday was a better bet, he contacted Mike Simmons (who was already booked in) and agreed to join him. We also agreed to get to Rutland Sailing Club early to ensure we got the best part of the day – we were launched on the water by 09:40 and didn’t recover the boat until 14:00 – with just the one very quick pit stop. We also agreed to take lunch on board and stay out. All in all we got over four hours sailing in. Whoop! Whoop!