My house is a mess, my hedges have gone all hairy and my front lawn looks like a local nature reserve. My poor mother has even given up hope. My life has been turned upside down by sailing. It has sucked every last minute of my life and I love it.
These last few months I have spent hours and hours on the water, I've burnt my lips, I've weed off the back of a boat and my hair has been one giant tangled mess. Sailing strips you bare. After face planting into the water and finding you want to weep, you learn there is no room for egos.
Friendship and teamwork however. It's there in spades. I've laughed so very much, been cold, been frightened, but found there as always been someone to share the moment with and help you along. You pop out the end stronger, better, wiser and more enriched by the process.
This weekend the boys had 29er training at Rutland. The 29er is a 2 man single trapeze, high performance sailing skiff. It challenges crews to be fit and co-ordinated, they require athleticism due to it's instability and high speed. It will often exceed the wind speed when planing both up and downwind. In laymans terms this roughly translates to a very wobbly high speed boat. Every mothers worst nightmare. I often have a quick pray to Neptune, and then to Poseidon for good measure.
The boys however, love the thrill of the boat and they are slowly learning how to control it and to work together as a team. On Sunday I was lucky enough to accompany the coaching team out on the water and to watch the sailors close up. These kids are brave and strong. No complaints, just smiles. They have to learn to work together as a team from the off. Cries of "Who is balancing the boat?", " Work together".
They had a wonderful day out on the water learning to push the boat harder, longer and faster. I too had a great day, it's honestly a privilege to watch these kids and I was allowed to drive the rib for a part, something that always gives me a thrill.
The boys came off water quite broken, tempers a little frayed. They've learnt how to deal with each other and know when to walk away. We could all learn a little from them. As we arrived home, they cheerily waved to each other "See you next week."
It's Monday morning, the sun is shining, a little bit fell off my washing machine this morning but it still appears to work and my hedges are still hairy.