Knotical Cupcakes at Mooredale Sailing Club Thursday June 9th,
12:00 arrived at mooredale at
13:30 finished setting up Laser for first time, with some help from Pirate Pete
14:00 on water light-breeze 2.4
14:30 returned briefly to sign out boat light-air 1.3
15:00 practiced man-over-board-rescue by picking up driftwood. light-breeze 2.1
15:30 it was really sunny so got hat gentle-breeze 3.2
16:20 had a toke
17:00 derigging laser
18:00 eating, writing
19:00 sailing with Anne and Joey, moderate breeze 4.7
I was told by Ron and Taylor to be “ballast”,
and Ron was constantly telling them what to do,
Anne following his instruction went over to other side of boat,
yet it has not yet had time to complete tacking, so we capsized.
Once we got everyone on board, and partially bailed, I took the helm and got us out of the way of some trimarans.
I was still in shock, and had completely forgtten to reorganize the crew, anyhow there was an accidental gybe that hit Joey on the head disorienting her on the leeward side, I realized we were heeling, and and started hiking and encouraging others, but it was too late and we capsized again. Joey was okay, but wasn’t holding onto the boat so drifted off, a motorboat picked her up.
It was now a strong breeze 4.5 I took down the sails, Anne got in, and we bailed much of the boat. Still in high spirits Joey offered to come back and sail with us, but Taylor towed us in and took Joey with him. Mildly aghast Anne and I derigged.
Once our tunnel vision subsided we realized that most people had capsized and were being towed in, and by the time we had changed the tally included everyone that went sailing.
Also I realized that being on the laser, and partially from shock I had stopped giving the commands, get-ready-to-tack helms-a-lee, or get-ready-to-gybe and coming-about, guess I must have forgotten, or not waited for the “ready” from the crew also, since I had been sailing in such calm weather two days previous and the crew would say ya, or nod their head kinda thing. Anyhow, lesson being, to more rigorously conform to helm-crew protocol especially in such times, and to take some time off to cool down, get out of shock, assess the situation.