Dinghy Sailing? Do it for the adrenalin rush!
There is nothing like a sunny late Autumnal day on the south coast of England for exhilarating and memorable sailing.
The wind heaves at a force 5 to 6, the sun leaves the field in the west and leaves behind a blood-soaked like battle field of reds and oranges. The shift down in temperature irritates the wind. It squeals and squawks its way across the estuary banks cutting through lines of stationery boats stopping only to rattle any loose fabric or rope.
The familiar tingling sound of halyards scratching against metal masts conjure a cacophony of sound that wraiths might create.
Aboard your boat, you seek to harness rather than fight this pagan force of the wind.
Place the boat and set the sails across the wind so that you can cross the estuary from side to side slipping between the boats swinging on their moorings.
Rather than slip, you'll scream with speed! The force generated by the wind in such a mood has to be felt to be understood. The sails become rigid and the ropes used to hold them became the restraining ropes of a rampant bull. The two of you aboard will have to lean out as far from the security of the boat as possible - just to keep the thing upright. Attached yourself to the wire and push out so your feet rest on the edge to boat and you lie horizontal to the water. You are held only by the strength in your back and a thin metal wire suspended from the top of the mast.
The boat starts to skid across the water surface. It no longer cuts through the water in the tradition fashion, but rather like a hydrofoil does, its nose lifts above the water and it starts to skim the water.
The speed is immense and incomparable. Remember, if you hit the water at great speed it becomes as hard as any solid object. And as the boat moves above the water and starts to skid, it becomes naturally unstable. It tends to bounce and the control of direction is as much due to luck as judgement
Imagine now, you are sailing between large sailing boats swinging in the on their moorings. You are skidding between them on the very edge of control. You fight to balancing and control the boat and attempt to placate the angry outbursts and gusts from the wind.
Sailing like this makes you numb with an adrenalin overdose.
There are more pictures of dinghy sailing in JoJaffa's Dinghy sailing gallery
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