Hello, Washington Channel!
|My intent from the start was to get on top that centerboard - but look how high up out of the water it is! |
I gave my leg a good kick, walking up the hull with the other leg, and latching on. These are the weird sort of gymnastics that I used to do as a kid on the parallel bars and swing set at school. I have grown a lot bigger since then, though!
By the way, can you see the Washington Monument in the background on the far left?
|Ok, now the rest of me needs to get up there... |
Through a combination of pulling on the jib sheet, holding my place with the right leg, and kicking with my underwater leg, I managed to get on top. (The back of my right knee was tender for a few days after that, but I am nicely healed up now.)
|Victory!! *Applause from the instructors* |
Then one of them said, "Now you just have to stand up. And don't fall in or you'll have to do it all over again!" Ack!
Meanwhile, I was puffing as though I'd just ran a mile and after catching my breath I laughed and yelled to all, "Ok...just gimme a minute...Gotta...catch my breath a moment - haa..."
After sitting there a few moments, I carefully stood up and yelled over to my mate, "Ok! I'm on top. Are you ready?"
|I have you now! Hahaa! |
Gingery, we just lean back and let the weight of the body pull the jib sheet.
|And she's back afloat with my mate inside - huzzah! |
I meanwhile, am back in the Channel... :)
She swung back around nice and slow, so I just maintained my position until she was settled and then I let go of the jib sheet and swam around for the transom (the back part of the boat) where I got lifted back in by my mate. We did it!