Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sailing the Beer Can Races

Yesterday, we were invited to sail the "beer can races" with our neighbor, Fred, on his beautiful 44 ft. racing sail boat. Since Drew and Kyle have been focused on learning to sail this summer, we thought it would be a great opportunity to have some sailing fun, and see if there might be a forthcoming invitation for them to "crew" on Fred's boat.... hint hint!

The beer can races are not true races at the Coronado Yacht Club, as they might be at other yacht clubs. Mostly, it's a weekly opportunity for sailors to get their boats out and enjoy camaraderie and boating fun. I didn't think to take a photo of all the huge sailboats circling up and getting ready for the start of the race. There was actually a crash, where three jostling sailboats (each in the 40-50 ft range) crashed together! Heck, that'd about send me through the roof... er, deck to be involved in that!

We started in last place, as Fred was smart to hang back from the circling crowds! Fred explained his special racing sails, and how they help to make the boat extra fast, as we quickly sprinted past most of the other boats. By the time we sailed under the Coronado Bridge, we'd eclipsed most all of the 30-some boats.

Rounding the bay towards downtown San Diego, the only sounds being the racing wind in your ears, sails clatter and snapping in the breeze, the rushing of the water as you are bent low enough to reach out and touch it...

The boys weren't expected to do much on their maiden voyage, but were warned they'd be pressed into service on their next trip!

It took 3 men to crew this fine vessel, though Fred said he often takes the boat out on his own. We had a fine time sailing the beer can races on the Coronado Bay. I hope you are having yourself a fine summer too. Drop me a line and let me know what YOU'VE been up to!


TUTU Monkey said...

Ahhhhh what fun!!

Such a great picture of you and your sweetheart!!! :)

We are back from our adventure.....hope to see you soon!!

Sabine said...

Excellent photos! I had such a wonderful time sailing when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing.


Breathing Beside Us said...

I am soooo jealous!!
Did you see the Billionaire Russian Banker's new MAGNIFICENT $300 million yaught????? I am SO grateful that I saw a boat like that in person!!!! It is like seeing Airforce 1.........most people never get to see something like that in real life. Dave has seen Airforce 1 several times, he doesn't appreciate it..... LOL
xoxo deb

Valerie said...

Ha, Deb! I wish I'd known what to look for! Although if I'd seen it, I might have recognized that it was extra special!
x, Val

Sandy Michelle said...

Aaa what a lovley day and gorgeous pic! Thanks for the felting tip btw! We are looking forward to going to the cottage next week-yipee! Sandy XOX


Hey - this looks like a wonderful day - perfect! Thank you for the extremely nice comment on my blog! I look forward to seeing your QA inspired creations. :-)

Valerie said...

BTW, the photos were taken with my husband's new iPhone, the 4G. The photo quality is really fantastic, don't you think? I wonder if my 3G takes photos this great?
-x, Val