In July 2016 we took American Sailing Association classes 101 and 103 from Genevieve Evans on Flathead Lake out of Dayton, MT. We just happened to see her teaching a student the first season she started teaching there. She was confident and strong enough to tell Mark to shut up and listen. He really respected her for her knowledge and emphasis on safety .She has over 10,000 hours of accrued sailing in the waters of Belize, Bahamas, US and British Virgin Islands, Montana, California, and Florida. She is a USCG Captain and certified American Sailing Association Instructor . We were in good hands.
|Captain Genevieve's dog. .|
|This was our spinnaker.|
|It is higher off the bow than the jib.|
|Captain G at the helm.|
A spinnaker is very light weight but very powerful. We were sailing downwind. The spinnaker makes this more exciting.
It was amazing to me. Usually sailing downwind it is very boring and you don't feel like you are moving very fast. The spinnaker took care of that. We were flying.
|It was just massive. you can see how high it was raised.|
|Since our B&B was full in July, we had to stretch out the spinnaker in our apartment to dry.|
|Cloud at the end of that day. I was suppose to be learning out reading clouds. I do not know it this was a message of the weather we experienced earlier in the day. However it was neat.|
|We managed to get our motorcycle buddies to venture out with us. They had owned a sailboat in Madison, WI and were over the sailing bit. They had stayed with motorcycles. Mark was selling all of his and moving on the sailing.|
We had been on some Princess cruises with them and Scott particularly likes being on the water. He is a navy man from the Vietnam era.
Sailing wing on wing (mainsail on one side and jib on the other) going down wind. Sorry have not managed to rotate
|This boat had manual wenches and the sail needed to hauled in and tied up.|
|We saw a plan land and take off from the water twice in one day.|
|We first thought it was water plan for the fires in Montana.|
|Someone told us it was a plan owned by some rich New York stock broker that owned one of the islands on Flathead Lake. They had regular training whether he was home or not.|
|Wind vane was very important to watch on this boat as we did not have radar and electronic guides. We had electric an manual compasses and an auto-pilot.|