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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sailing on a summer Sunday

Some friends in the village had invited us to spend the day on their 32 foot boat, sailing along the coast to Lulworth Cove for a picnic lunch. Other people did the navigation and putting up of sails etc. A day to sit back and admire the lovely Dorset coast amongst good company - seven of us altogether.

I havent been to Lulworth Cove for a few years, and the last time I was there, there was a coastguard helicopter rescuing someone stuck on the cliffs. And the same thing happened today! But I got a much better view of the whole thing. The person obviously wasnt injured as the helicopter didnt head for the nearest hospital, but set them down locally. I didn't think to get the camera out till after the event, and even now you will have to hunt the helicopter!

We sailed into the cove and anchored among the other visiting yachts, and ate our picnic on board in the sun.

Then a few souls got into the dinghy and rowed ashore for a visit to the pub, two of the ladies went for a swim (freezing!) and I basked in the sun on the boat while being rocked gently by the sea, and did nothing at all.

On our lesiurely way back (due to the wind dropping) someone had brought their fishing rod - but only a few mackerel were caught. But there were enough for us to have a barbecue later, even though it had begun to drizzle.

It's some four hours since we got home, but my body still thinks its at sea and the screen is going gently up and down - despite it being a flat calm sea. Now I am quite tired, despite having done absolutely nothing all day!


At 11:09 am, Blogger Tabor said...

I know exactly what you mean about the fluids in your body still swaying long after you have gotten off the boat.

At 12:20 am, Blogger Tillerman said...

Wonderful story. You describe sailing in such a vivid way.

At 4:58 am, Blogger Kerri said...

I haven't been out on a boat since I went sailing with an old school friend while visiting Australia back in 2003. What a lovely way to spend the looks heavenly. It's very tiring being out on a boat. I think it's all the fresh air. Makes your body want to take a nap :) Lovely patio.

At 8:15 pm, Blogger Rambukk said...

Seems to have been a super day offshore.


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