With almost no need for an alarm clock, or maybe it’s the light nights, we were all up about 7am. While those on breakfast duty did the necessary it was time for the rest of us to hit the showers! With breakfast done and sailors showered it was soon time to prep our ocean racer. With the planned 10:30 departure upon us it was cast off lines, tidy fenders and head down the Loch.
Today was all about honing our sailing skills so we spent a lot of time of practicing maneuvers as we headed North. Today’s planned trip was due to be a short one, in terms of distance, but we were getting a dab hand at sailing Taeping. We even got a sail drop and hoist whist underway thrown in as well!
Helming (steering the yacht) was probably the most fun aspect of the day. It can be tough to keep the yacht going straight when the wind gusts keep coming through but with a little practice we were soon rising to the challenge. By this point we were in the midst of some of the most amazing scenery you could imagine.
With winds easing off we took the opportunity to do some motor sailing, that is using both the engine on low speed and the mainsail at the same time so we could get into our destination in time to make dinner without a wobbly galley.
Keep up to date with Taepings’ position here and check back for updates on her adventures.