Have you ever overcome a bad experience and succeeded? I have and I am here today to tell you all about it.
It was a calm, sunny day at Church Bay and my dad decided it was the perfect day to introduce me to sailing. The boat he chose was our Granny’s Laser, the boat he learned to sail on.
While my dad was preparing the boat the wind picked up.
The boat was ready and my dad told me to hop in the boat. Then he jumped in and the boat rocked side to side. I gripped the side of the boat hoping the boat wouldn’t capsize. Capsizing, for those that don’t know, is when a boat tips over on its side… more on that soon.
We start sailing and we sped off across the bay. I felt nervous, but it was fun.
I was just starting to relax when a gust of wind caught us while we were jibing and the next thing I knew I was flung out of the boat as it capsized. Dad managed to grab my life jacket and pull me out of the way of the sail as it dropped to the water.
He then managed to right the boat and lift me in but, then we discovered the mast had actually fallen out. It’s not supposed to do that! Now we were in a spot of trouble.
Meanwhile back on shore the little red family's dad had seen us and came out on his little dingy to tow us back to the boat ramp.
After that brief and exhilarating experience I never wanted to go out on a boat again.
After a lot of convincing, or rather bribing, dad made me go out on the optimist called PISCES. It used to be my dad's boat when he was my age. Dad called out instructions from the dingy. I was not enjoying myself and felt really nervous. It was a short sail.
Luckily the next day was perfect for learning to sail. I set off and my dad jumped in the dingy to follow me. He grabbed the oars and SNAP, one of the oars broke. He had to paddle back in with one oar. Meanwhile I was sailing out into the bay towards a family swimming in the water and starting to panic. But dad managed to shout instructions from the boat ramp and guided me back to shore. Needless to say our sailing lessons were not going well.
To help overcome my fears we sailed on calmer days and my dad upgraded to a kayak with a more reliable paddle. Now I can sit on the edge of the boat and I'm learning to jibe. I enjoy sailing now.
Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoyed my speech.