Ahoy there shipmates and very best wishes for your success in 2008.
Amongst all of your New Years resolutions, how many of you have committed to begin your planning for your adventure of your lifetime. For those of you that are already planning and those of you that have committed to begin, congratulations and I look forward to working with you this year.
For those of you who have yet to arrive at that point and leap that first hurdle, come on, let’s get cracking and do it together! You know, once you have jumped that hurdle, put pen to paper and begun, you will wonder why you didn’t begin a lot sooner. Here’s some guidelines and questions to help you along the way:
WHY DO I WANT TO DO THIS?
Always wanted to?
The love of sailing?
Experience different cultures?
Visit exotic destinations?
Achieve something extraordinary in my life?
WHERE DO I WANT TO GO?
Cross an ocean?
Sail to South Pacific?
WHAT TYPE OF VESSEL DO I WANT TO DO IT IN?
Modern design sailboat?
35-40ft, 40-50ft, larger?
Basic equipment or all bells and whistles?
WHEN CAN I DO IT?
Six months time?
WHO DO I WANT TO DO IT WITH?
Wife, Spouse, Partner?
These are all crucial questions that will assist you in formulating your thoughts. Get them all down on paper or in a file on your computer and then start filling in the gaps. Once you have answered them fully you will have a much clearer picture in your head as to where you are going with it. In a
short while you will finish up with something called a plan!! Simple really – and when you have this plan you will carry it everywhere with you (mind, paper or file) and you will amaze yourself with all the additional things that come to mind that you will add to your plan.
Soon, you will reach a point where you cannot stop thinking about it and that is the point where you will suddenly become quite serious about it. That my friend, is when you realise and know you are going to do it – Oh, what a feeling!
I want to help get you to that point as soon as possible, because I know that once you have arrived there, your project will have gained such momentum you won’t be able to stop it – even if you wanted to – but at that point you will be so passionate that you will remove any obstacles that come along.
So, there we have it – begin your journey right now – Good Luck.
Following much prompting and then dragging of feet by me, I have launched a Blog on my website www.sailboat2adventure.com
Please check it out and see what you think. I will post regular items on it of events, happenings, tech. info, equipment news, sailing knowledge, in fact anything that is of interest to sailors.
As I post these regularly, you can log in at any time you wish as opposed to waiting for the Newsletter. You will still receive the Newsletter from time to time.
In addition to the blog I have recently added a short audio to my homepage. This gives the opportunity of folks hearing from me first hand the benefits of getting started with their planning.
TEST FOR YOU
Test your general sailing knowledge and of sailboat parts – work your way through and jot down your answers as you go. you can look on the internet for sites with images to identify various parts.
1. Identify the following parts of a sailboat: backstay, deck, jib, shrouds ,boom, forestay, keel, spreaders, bow, gooseneck, lifelines, stern, bow, pulpit, headstay, mainsail, stern, pulpit, cabin, hull, mast, traveler.
2. Describe the functions of the following items on a sailboat: boom, topping lift, fairlead vs. padeye, mainsheet, spring/breast lines, boomvang, fenders, outhaul, stays/shrouds, cleats, halyard, rudder, tiller/wheel, downhaul, jib, sheet, shackle, winches, telltails, cunningham.
3. Define the following terms: aft, coming about, helmsman, standing rigging, abeam, crew, leeward, starboard, ahead, forward, port, windward, astern, jibing, running rigging, tacking, beam, heel, skipper.
4. Identify the following sails and parts of a sail: battens, foot, jib, spinnaker, batten, pockets, genoa, leech, storm, jib, bolt, rope, hanks, luff, tack, clew, head, mainsail.
NAUTICAL EXPRESSION – ‘WINDFALL’
When a ship was working away from a lee shore, when gusts of katabatic wind came off the land to ease the pressure, it was called a windfall. These gusts made the ships job more easy to crab away from the lee of the land and danger, and were therefore considered to be of great benefit – hence the modern day concept of a lucky ‘windfall’
That’s all for this Newsletter – good planning and I look forward to seeing you regularly on my Blog on my website www.sailboat2adventure.com
SEE YOU NEXT TIME