Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

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Regatta weekend

Yesterday was a beautiful day. It was nearly 80 degrees and sunny. I was a volunteer at the Cantina Cup Regatta here in DC. I was sent off to retrieve cream cheese for breakfast and then helped on a Race Committee boat by handling the signal flags, watching the boats during the course of the race, taking down the order of the finishers, and then calling out the rotations for boats and crew. Since we were anchored at the start/finish line in our skiff, we had a helper boat buzzing around to move the buoy markers (the course markers) as the wind changed, bring us tacos, and assist in repairs and crew/boat rotations. The races were set windward-leeward (one marker toward the wind and one marker away from the wind) with either one or two laps.

Around 2:30, I left the RC with other volunteers to go aboard the Miss Ann, a beautiful 1920's yacht, for a drink of water and a view of the ship. After walking about the decks and checking out the equipment, I walked over to the American Spirit to rest a while. After asking if there was a regulation that determined which boats need to signal with a horn upon leaving dock, I learned some really interesting things about the tests required in order to earn a license to captain a ship such as the Spirit. (In my last reading of R H Dana's book, he was considering aspiring to the position of captain someday...) About then, the lasers came in to unrig their boats and stow them away on the floating docks. The Race Committee helper boat stopped by to drop off some sailors and offered me a ride back to the race, but I was quite comfortable relaxing on board the Spirit :)

I headed back home at around 6 pm. By that time, I was really tired with a slight headache and a bit queasy. I went to bed straight upon returning home and slept in till 2:00 this morning, when I got up, ate something, and went back to bed till 9:00 am. I'm not sure if my body was unadjusted to the warm, sunny weather after some of these fall days that we've been having, or if I am fighting a bug, or if I am simply exhausted for some reason. Today I plan to order in food, sleep, drink lots of water and tea (and soda, if necessary), and generally do nothing ambitious and hope that the slight headache and continuing exhaustion go away so I will feel up for work tomorrow.
Tags: health, sailing, weather, weekend

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