Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Course Quotes

Everyday the Captain would have a quote on the board as well as the room that was doing the weather forecast for the day. Courtesy of Bekah Williamson, here is a compilation of all those quotes.

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. –Norwegian Proverb

No amount of skill, no equipment, and no boat will keep you from disaster if you don’t develop the most important seagoing skill of all, a complete fear of falling overboard. –Lin and Larry Pardey

Adventure is the result of bad planning. –Roald Amundsen

To be at one with the wind is to be at home in the world. –Richard Bodie

The time to reef is when it first occurs to you that it may become necessary. –Anon

Any damned fool can put a sail up. It’ll take a seaman to get it down. –Spike Africa

Whenever I forget how talented God is, I look at the sea. –Whoopi Goldberg

Anyone can navigate the seas sober, but it takes a damn good sailor to navigate them drunk. –Sir
Charles Chichester (While loading his boat with rum)

Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway

If one doesn’t know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. –Seneca

Get what you can afford, sail what you can handle, love what you are doing. –Tristan Jones

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. –MLK jr.

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.

I don’t know who named them swells. There is nothing swell about them. They should be named the
awfuls. –Hugo Uihen.

Cruising has been defined as traveling to a distant location to make repairs in an exotic place.

Sailing is a good sport. You don’t have to beat up the other guy like you do in boxing or football; you just try to outsail him and outsmart him and then you go out and have a beer with him. –John Kolius

When all is said and done, more is said than done. –Lov Holtz

Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with 2 termites. Anon

The cure for anything is saltwater-sweat, tears, or the sea. –Isak Binson

Don’t get all stress and weird on me. –Captain

The wind folded like a cheap lawn chair. –Captain.

Another successful sailing course

The 2011 Calvin sailing crew returned home on Saturday bringing the total number to 80 students who have learned to sail during 4 Interim courses at Eckerd College. Everyone's attitude was great in spite of some cool temperatures, because we knew that unsettled weather brings good wind. Scott and I and the Eckerd staff really enjoyed this group of wonderful students who represented Calvin College so well. The level of sailing ability that all of the students reached was impressive, and we hope they will be able to use these skills and enjoy sailing for the rest of their lives. I'm posting a few pictures that capture the essence of the course.


The crew with Eckerd instructors Jim and Capt. Richard

FJ regatta

Sittin' on the dock of the bay

The Watkins 27 on the beautiful afternoon

A seafood lunch at Sea Critters

Rigging the FJs

Yes, we have class.

A happy crew on Tampa Bay

Colgate 1 chasing the Morgan 32

Florida sunshine

Colgate 2 skipping along

The start of a race in the 4th Calvin cup regatta

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


The original plan for Monday was to spend maybe fifteen minutes in the classroom and then the rest of the day on the water in the Flying Juniors. As it so happened, we spent four hours in the classroom because of the weather, and only three hours on the boats. The time spent in the class room in the morning was supposed to be used for working on our projects that are due Thursday. Working on projects lasted about halfway to lunchtime then the cards came out and we started playing Euchre, BS, Hearts, and Egyptian Rat Screw. After lunch, Jim taught us more about the FJs as we continued to wait for the weather to lift and the wind to pick up. A little while later we were all on the water.

Two boats flipped while we were out. Nicole and Milton, and Robert and Kurt. Gray and I came fairly close to flipping a couple of times ourselves. As we went through a jibe, the boat healed so much that the leeward rail of the boat went a few inches under the water. We got the boat flattened out and back on course, but now there was nearly five gallons of water in the bottom of our FJ. As it sloshed around it covered our feet in yellow-green water instantly soaking through our shoes. But that was really all the wetter we got.

All that was yesterday... today Gray and I were in the only boat to flip. We turtled it and got the mast stuck about a foot and a half into the mud at the bottom of the bay (not very fun to flip back over.) Thankfully though, the sun was beating down and the wind was relatively light so we dried off fairly quickly.

To make the day better, however, Gray and I won the two windward/leeward races that we ran as a practice for the regatta that is planned for later in the week. Sadly, we weren’t quite as successful at the two gold cup races we ran. The wind died down on the way back in and toward the end of the second gold cup race so it took us all way longer to get back to the dock than it should. As college students are not known for their patience, at least six of the ten boats had had enough moving along at a pace that felt like you were going backwards, they just started paddling with their hands or bailer. It was a great day!

Tomorrow we are going to be back on the keelboats and are going on another daysail. But instead of rafting together to eat box lunches, we will eat at a dockside restaurant, the name of which I haven’t been given or at least don’t remember. But one thing is for sure; They will have great seafood.

Andrew Fisher

Floridian Verse

By Robert Van Zanen

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Sand and shallows
waves and wind
sun so bright it burns my skin

Running wild
Cutting fins
Somehow changed by our first sins

Signs of life and death
They mingle
With sunscreen commercial jingles

Find the beauty once again
Sing of glory
Son, not sin.

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FJ's scooting across the water
Reminding all of God's great power
See the gust that makes one flounder
Causes us all to stop in wonder

Watch the waves to find the wind
See the people seeing Him
God, so present here in nature
Lord, show us your wonderful future

Tacking up toward the source
Other turn and abandon course
Learning how to hold the jib
Finding a Godly way to live

We find joy as we search for You
Dolphins accompany us through the blue
Seeking to better run the race
Basking in your warm embrace

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Day Trip

Yesterday, January 11, we took a day trip. We sailed from approximately10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. It was a fun day. We went farther than we ever had and even did something Jim had never done before; sailed under the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

Osprey feeding

Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the Wizard

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Instructors

Scott Vander Linde

John Ubels

"The Captain"
Captain Richard Johnson