We’ve had the dinghy out a good few times now but Saturday in gusty force 4-5 winds saw the first testing of our buoyancy jackets and capsize drill :chuckle:
All went well with righting the boat etc until we discovered that getting back in was the province of those younger or fitter than us. The wood/GRP dinghies I used to sail were not so buoyant and basically sat low, half full of water. Being all plastic and with a self draining cockpit, this one bobs up and sits with the gunwales very high.
Before we go out in gusty winds again, there’s a few extra ropes to be rigged to help us oldies back in, also maybe a small masthead float. If you let it, the boat will tip fully turtle until the mast sticks in the Poole Harbour mud.
We’ve called the dinghy “In Klein” - klein as in little (and also the name of our favourite scuba dive site) - with the incline connotation of the whole name.
The better news is that we have got a dinghy space at the yacht club so no more trailing and mast rigging, just sails up, roll the trolley down the slipway and off we go.