It was the weekend from heaven and h... Friday was a great day - heaven - although we got off to a slow start with only 4 boats lifted by 10:30 AM. I couldn't believe it either but was there so did see this personally, but once we got things sorted and the big crane-mobile moved, we got busy and completed what we had planned for Friday. Everyone was in a great mood despite this sad time of year - the end to another great year on the water and at The NYC. It must have been all-the-donuts-you-can-eat-in-one-day experience that did put the smiles on everyone I'm sure! I quit counting at six.
Although Friday was quite pleasant, it was still quite bouncy in the western gap, so getting on and off boats was a bit of a leap of faith. There was always a helping hand extended though to get you back to terra firma - our new cement wall - safely. I only hoped that the glove would not come off at the most inopportune time!
And then the weather took a turn for the worse as Saturday was the day from h.... Saturday was the kind of day where you wish you could just pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep - but you could not - as someone would be knocking on your boat to say "your turn." It was cold, windy, wet and most unpleasant - basically a nightmare to quote Bob (no, not the guy that fell in - bob, get it?! - good grade 5 humour - the best three years of my life by the way.) It was so windy it was too dangerous to lift the smaller boats from the western gap for the west yard so it was shut down at 8:00 AM on Saturday, postponed until Sunday.
Haul out (and Launch) are early morning, come-as-you-are, all hands on deck, kind of days. Fortunately we have a good bunch and all are only too willing to do what needs to be done. There was many a drama by almost everyone getting their boats out of their slips and to the wall due to the high wind on Saturday. There is a lot of surface area on your boat's freeboard and even the "power dudes" were experiencing some mighty fine "sailing" in our inner basin - usually sideways though as they don't have keels - yikes! The stress level was high, but most got through it without too much grief or damaged pride. Perhaps a shot or two of this or that after the day was done helped steady nerves.
So, everyone that keeps their boat in the western yard had to return on Sunday to get their boats out and land docked for the winter - oh my. What about church?! Augh - not today! Sunday was a nicer day but still not the kind that you want to email home about.
But, many hands makes light work, and after three days of heaven and h...., the job was done. Now to winterize, clear out, cover perhaps, and double check everything. It's also time to kick back, enjoy some off-season club socials and activities, Christmas, New Years, the Boat Show, Sailor's Nights, and whatever else turns your winch handle. Soon enough it'll be time to start thinking of getting ready for launch!
Thanks everyone for putting in all the cold, wet, windy hours this weekend - we "got 'er dun!"
P.S. Has anyone dried out from Saturday yet?
by Don Williams