We made it off the dock – well initially, I made it off the dock! This past weekend was the Thetis Island Regatta – an event that I have attended for (I think) 15 years now. Even though my parents weren’t able to join us, I was still determined to make it to the regatta and to “race” our beast.
After a week of very long evenings, Owen had the hull in as ship-shape a condition as he could get her in (steel boat = rust spots = lots of work!), the galley was functional, if not complete, and we were ready to go.
As Owen was working Friday, I took the boat over to Thetis – my first ever solo trip! I didn’t manage to sneak the sail out and I did get poured on (twice) but I didn’t hit anything, the boat didn’t have any problems and about an hour and a half after leaving our slip, I coasted up to the dock at Thetis Island – easy peasy!
I even managed to try out the new stove – the need for warming up led me to making hot chocolate as soon as I arrived, and then later, a batch of perfectly baked brownies were turned out from the new oven! These proved to be too difficult to resist for the friends who turned up for a visit later Friday evening!
The Thetis Island Regatta is sort of the kick off to the Regatta season – though there are a couple of bigger races earlier in the year, Thetis Island brings out all types of racers – from the more competitive teams who do most every regatta of the year, to the people who bring their boat only out to this race more for the social aspect of the weekend, and the feeling that sailing season is finally beginning (that would be us!).
This year the we were actually granted enough wind to get around the entire way and to finish nearly 2 hours before the cut-off – but boy do we need a spinnaker – it was so sad to watch everyone sail past us on the first leg, and again on the last… maybe next year.
Much fun and socialising was had and some tequila might have been consumed and in no time at all it was late Sunday morning and the docks were emptying out. After delaying our departure to avoid yet another rain shower, we headed home under blue skies, with the head sail giving the engine an assist.
All in all, the weekend was a wonderful success and it felt so good to get Solstice Tide out of her slip.
Next weekend is the Victoria Day long weekend and we will again get her out on the water – destination still to be determined…