While all my friends were posting pictures in at the beach or by the pool in Florida or some beautiful Caribbean island, the sailing team headed off to St. Marys, Maryland for spring training. Now you may not have heard of St. Marys; I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s pretty accurate to call it the middle of nowhere. But hey, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to sail…which it is. We got in three solid days of training on the water before heading off to weekend events. Here are the highlights of the week.
Five firsts of spring break 2014:
- Breaking ice while launching a sailboat.
- Seeing ice form at the waterline on the beach.
- Breaking ice to rig a sailboat.
- Watching water freeze as the waves break over the dock.
- Having my water bottle refrigerated in the back of the boat by the air.
And five ways to deal with them:
- Onesies are your best friend, especially under your dry suit. It’s like wearing a blanket without the limited dexterity. A total win.
- Dishwashing gloves. I think they were actually invented for winter water sports, not washing the dishes.
- Hand warmers. Now, this seems like an easy go-to, but it’s not that simple. You can’t just wear hand warmers and sail. You need your hands. The trick is putting the hand warmers under your lifejacket so you can warm up between races and drills. Not a perfect solution, but definitely worth it.
- The more people can’t tell you’re a girl, the warmer you’ll be. Seriously, beanies and gators and sunglasses all worn together work as a pretty good disguise.
- Homemade granola bars aren’t new, but they make everything better… always.
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