I shall be sharing this 36 foot boat with 3 other people, non of whom I've met before, and we shall be sailing in and out of the River Orwell and along the Suffolk Coast (and perhaps a bit further - who knows).
To say this boat is cosy, is an understatement. It's going to be like living in a tent with 3 strangers. A tent that, for much of the time, will be on a hill with a 20% slope.
Should be fun.
To say I'm excited is another understatement. I am absolutely buzzing!
So, here is the recommended kit list from the school's website, and I'm pretty confident I have everything (and possibly too much).
- Warm jumper
- Two complete changes of clothing
- Soft shoes
- At least 2 pairs of warm socks
- Sleeping bag
- Underwear (duh!)
- Towel and wash kit
- Suntan lotion (that's a bit optimistic for Sept. in England)
- Lip salve (I think I have some somewhere.... )
- Sunglasses (again, optimistic but I've been advised by a friend that even if the sun isn't bright, the glare from the water can be intense.)
- Torch (a.k.a. flashlight)
- Woollen hat, scarf, gloves (I now have 2 wool hats (stocking caps to my American friends), one a bright yellow as my housemate is worried about me falling in the water and not being seen in my grey one.)
- Sun hat (again, optimistic, but got it anyway)
- Casual clothing for going ashore
- Medical items
- Sea boots
- Water proofs
In addition to the list above, I'm taking a bottle of rum and home-made ginger bread. Maybe some home-made breakfast bars as well, if we have time to make them today.
My biggest concern isn't that I'll forget something, but rather that I'll over pack. I don't want to show up being the over-enthuesiastic newbie-sailor, with all brand new shiny kit that I've gone over the top on. I'm sure it'll all be fine, and by the end of the week I'll appreciate what I took, probably wish I brought one or two other things, and will be putting a couple things on eBay.
I'm also slightly (and it is ever so slightly) concerned that, as I've been listening to every sailing-related audiobook I can find for months, that I'm going into this with far too much head-smarts and expectations, and the real-life will be completely different than what I have pictured. I really don't want to be miss-know-it-all but with zero real-world experience to back it up with. And, just how many hyphenated-words can I fit into one paragraph?
I have SO many questions, SO many things I want to learn and experience this week. *calm.... breath...*
OK, so my plan is to take my macbook and try and update this blog each night we're in port with pictures and a re-cap of the day.