decoy

oldies

25 is darn old if you ask me! bellies begin to appear and, as you say, onsetting baldness…

slightly

Getting old

We are all getting old! Hell even the youngest of us is 22. Half the England football team is younger than us, even such established old hands like people like Ashley Cole and Gerrard are younger than Liv and I. And worse that that last night I had some dealings with the police at work (nothing serious) and my colleague and I remarked “Gosh wasn’t he young!”. And of course we all know that you’re getting old when policemen start to look young. Hell we’re all going bald even these days (except Jul who is the very embodiment of hairy headedness) and Nicky.

pliskin

How long does it take to recover from a mere week of snowboarding? I was right asa rain after 2 days, playing both rugby and footie on the same week-end. And as for sailing…..PAH! You barely move on the boat. Not like chasing a sack of leather around a field for 90 minutes twice!

Clearly you are getting old!!

decoy

dodgy legs

made the mistake of playing footy yesterday not having properly recovered from sailing and snowboarding. Calf muscles are feeling decidedly dodgy!

decoy

by god i’m knackered

So I’m now a fully qualified RYA Day Skipper (Tidal). And if I may say so, a damned good one at that!

Day 1 : Port Solent -> Hamble
It took us a while to remember what we were doing, so intially things were fairly shambolic, but we improved. Hamble has very nice showers.

Day 2 : Hamble -> Yarmouth
Maggie was skipper for the day.

Maggie and I had a mini condiment-eating competition. We did vinagar, mint sauce and mustard, until Maggie made a beeline for the toilet!

Day 3 : Yarmouth -> Lymington -> Alum Bay -> Ocean Village
Skipper for the day was me! There was no wind for the first leg accross to Lymington, but the tidal vector I calculated was accurate and we practised some mooring, had lunch and had a go with the bosun’s chair (being winched up the mast). The wind picked up in the afternoon and we had some good sailing down to Alum Bay, practising Man Overboard all the way there. Anchoring up was pretty idyllic and Maggie and I rowed acrross to the beach and bought some ice cream at a touristy shop we found after we climbed up the cliffs.

Chris took over the navigation for night sail. A bit hairy at times – we nearly ran in to a sand bank – but otherwise it was fun.

Day 4 : Ocean Village -> Cowes

Southampton harbour was pretty busy, but once out in was pretty good sailing. the wind was pretty good by the end of the day. Nearing force 5. Cowes was fun as usual. We had supper at a restaurant – i had swordfish – and got fairly drunk on wine.

Day 5 : Cowes -> Port Solent

Force 6. some good sailing, but we arrived fairly early and it was all over too soon.

Photos to follow.

pliskin

Hail all,

I also benefit (well most of the time anyway) from the magic fairy who deposits clean washing on my chair at regular intervals. A pack of about 10 washed and ironed work shirts miraculously appeared in my wardrobe the other day, a blessing for which I am eternally grateful!