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First sail with friends

25 July 2014 | Lake Rathbun
Gene/ 5-10 knot winds
The lake today was glass calm. A wonderful morning to boat, if you us a motor, but not so great for a sailboat. Amy and I accompanied by my fellow murse (male nurse) and Army soldier Ben motor out of the protected cove onto Lake Rathbun. The expected breezy and difficult winds of spring have finally surrendered to the calmer style of summer. Ben, who's wife is due to deliver their first born in just weeks has taken a risk to come sailing and discover the wonders of riding the wind. Ben worked all night prior to coming down to the lake, but shows no sign of fatigue as he is as excited as I was to get on a sailboat. The excitement dropped quickly as conditions where realized to be as calm as can be. The calm wind as we pulled out of the cove was exaggerated, because we were blocked by the dam. So we "motor sailed" out of the glass calm water to the wind. Motor off, main hosted and our jib full, we were finally under sail. After little movement, and Ben ' s statement "the scenery hasn't changed!" We elected to pull down the jib and fly Big Dirty. Big Dirty is our aged and stained 140% Genoa. After the switch we caught more wind and moved more effectively, although not fast. We had a great uneventful sail that morning and another that afternoon after a great lunch at Louie ' s Lakeside Bistro and a walk down the other docks. Ben was impressed at the large variety of sailboats at our marina, and took great interest in a friends beautiful Beneteau. Calling the boat, "sailors porn." That night as we sat on the back our sailboat, Clair de lun, we talked to a fellow sailor and New Zealand native, who sailed for most of his life . Suddenly a power boat came in fast and hot blasting Jason Derulo ' s "wiggle". We could not help but laugh as the chorus, "what do you do with a big fat but? Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, ect." fills the silent night of the near sleeping marina. Appropriately, the boat is named Dirty Girl. The morning greeted us with increased winds and greater speed, making for a great sail till we discovered that a spring line that holds the boat in place at dock was not disconnected from the boat, but was disconnected from the dock cleat and had wrapped around our blade and potentially our prop. Ben jumps into the lake to assess the damage. The blade was freed by Ben and Amy ' s quick thinking, but the center board (keel extention) did not fare so well. It is jammed in the up position, because the line is preventing it from falling. We elect to sail in as we do have a keel, all be it a short keel to help stabilize our movement. We arrive back at our slip and plan to fix the blade on our next visit do to the hour. I, myself will free dive on the keel to correct if possible, and I'm not looking forward to writing about that in the future.
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Vessel Name: Clair de lune
Vessel Make/Model: 1982 25' O'Day s/v
Hailing Port: Indianola, Iowa
Crew: Amy and Gene
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sailors in training

Who: Amy and Gene
Port: Indianola, Iowa