Monday, 19 August 2013

Seabirds and Sailing

No rest for the wicked in this house!! Up early as we were all going racing at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club!  The weather was supposed to be good all day however it was a bit overcast to start with and you will see from the photographs that it turned dark with heavy rain and then brightened up again. There were not many birds around and as I was racing in a dingy, so the photos may not be as good as they could be.  Below is the club house.


There were 44 boats raced and were in different categories, starting at different times.  It was a bit manic at the start as everyone was milling round the start point and trying to avoid ramming into one another. 

 
That's moi, all kitted out and ready to go.


A single Mute Swan


These are 2 of the Isle of Wight Ferries passing each other
as skies are darken over us.

 
The girl in the front is Anna, my grand daughter who would not cooperative in my photo call!!!  They are sailing a Pico dinghy.


These Common Tern were rocking around this channel buoy and in the background is Spitbank Fort.  Once a year when the tides are right, there is an annual walk out to it, however many times people miss judge it and find the tide is coming in and they have to be rescued!  There is a hotel on the Font adn I am told it is very expensive.


These are some of the competitors with their spinnakers up. 


A very pretty sight.




 This is my grandson, Matthew racing single handed in an Optomist.  He finished 5th in his class of 31 boats
 



 
Mathew and another competitors


 Moi at the Helm
 

A group of mostly Black headed and Herring Gulls on this jetty.
 

One of the Isle of Wight Ferries mowing down on us.


This is one of the 8 rescue boats.  This one was speeding the the capsize below.


All were safe.   All the children are well trained in righting a capsize
 

 In fact, it turns out that before they righted it, they decided to play sliding in and out of the water from the side of it!
 
 
After the racing finished, the children were allowed
to jump into the water from the pontoon.  That is Matthew

 
These are the girls waiting their turn with Anna in the middle.
 
I made a short video,(between tacking and jibbing!)
It can be accessed here.  http://youtu.be/-CBmpMa15Eo
 
If there is a black space below, click it tosee video.
 
 
 
I hoped you enjoyed sharing in the day's fun.  Thank you for visiting.
 
SORRY I FORGOT ABOUT THE ANSWERTO THE CHALLENGE!!sIN HAS GONE TO MY HEAD!
1.  A compost  mixter that Michael had madeyears ago.
2. A container to boil potatoes in for animal food, thn they would be mashed up and meal added.  The spout would have been to drain the water off!
Many of you got he frst one, noboby answered the 2nd one correctly, however I think everyone enjoyed trying, indeed some gave answer to make me laugh.  Thanks.
 
 

29 comments:

  1. Hi Margaret... What a fun filled day,the kids are wonderful to see having themself a blast !!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful day on the water, and a bit of what goes on in your part of the world!!

    Grace

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  2. This was a fun post. It was interesting to see how the weather changed throughout the day. The picture of the two ferries against the dark, stormy-looking sky looked very dramatic. Love the colorful sails in the later shots. Very interesting post.

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  3. The Isle of Wight looks like a nice place, afraid to say I've never actually been there.

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  4. Good day for it, lovely boats there.

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  5. Looks like a wonderful time! Gorgeous views!!!

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  6. Super post- with such beautiful photos, I really like the one of Matthew in his Optomist, this is a fun video, love the laughter.

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  7. it looks like you had a great time Margaret, i hope you kept your camera dry or it could become a VERY dear day.


    peter

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  8. how cute! your grands must have had fun (as did you.)

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  9. Looks like a super fun day....and a little adventure as well:) Looks like a great way to develop team working skills:)

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  10. Hi Chris Many thansk for comment and yes it does develop team working skills

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  11. Be still my heart, these spinnakers and sails are so gorgeous!!! I also love the terns on the buoy, and that huge ferry!

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    1. HI Ginny thanks for comments. The colours are wonderful in the spinnakers.

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  12. looks like a fun day on the water Margaret; I think the Isle of Wight (what I see on Escape to the Country) is absolutely beautiful. By the size of the ferry it would seem lots travel back and forth

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  13. Looks like a great adventure for the day! That Spitbank Fort photo is interesting - it looks like it's in the middle of the ocean, so couldn't imagine walking outnto it!!!

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  14. This looks like a fun day. I'm glad the weather cleared up.

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  15. Wow---what a great day you and your family had. I know you are proud of your grandchildren.... Great bird photos ---from a great location, out on that water!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. HI Betsy Many thanks for your kind comments.

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  16. What a magical day. Thank you. And white swans seem soooo exotic to me.

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    1. HI EC Thanks for commetns. I videoed Swans today, so watch out for them in a few days time.

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  17. Looks like a fun and exciting day for everyone :) Great photos :)

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  18. Hi RR Yes we had a great day. Thanks for commenting.

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