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A sailors life for me
June 3, 2017
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Having taken part in Saundersfoot Sailing clubs Push the boat out event where I got to try sailing for the first time since I was a lad, I was keen to take up the sport. The level 1 and 2 course started this week and I got out on the water in a two handed laser 2000. The younger and lighter sailors were using single handed toppers which looked fun but they started doing capsize drills which I was glad to avoid. Despite there being hardly a breath of wind we managed to do some reaching and gybeing, then when it picked up a little practised some tacking. I am keen on taking notice of the wildlife around and took advantage of the calm conditions to watch the antics o the grey backed and herring gulls. I was over the moon though to spot what I am sure was a porpoise; its dorsal fin crested from the water a few times close to the boat, it didn’t seem big enough for a dolphin certainly not as big as the ones I’ve seen in Cardigan Bay. It’s the first porpoise I’ve seen and getting so close has already made me a sailor for life.

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