The weather is always weird and unpredictable around here. It has been a beautiful mild, quite cool summer. And right when summer is about to end… It shows up!
Friday and Saturday were our hottest days – so hot it was almost unbearable.
And unfortunately, this summer I never made it to the beach. 😒 The statement makes me annoyed and depressed. What is summer without the beach?!
Well because summer is ending and getting to the beach wasn’t going to happen.. I decided I needed to do something water related. So I went sailing.
One day at Sailing Camp…
I actually got certified in sailing when I was 14 years old. I went to an overnight sailing camp for two weeks. The last couple days of camp I had to sail across a body of water, most likely the Potomac – while my camp counselor kayaked next to me. She would quiz me on the parts of the boat and watch me control the sail, grading me along the way.
I haven’t sailed a boat since.
My friend Ray teaches lessons at the Belle Haven Marina. I wanted to freshen up on my sailing skill, so I signed up for a private lesson with him. My husband was interested in learning to so he came along.
Belle Haven Marina
The Belle Haven Marina is located right off the running trail, I run on almost everyday. It is south side of Old Town, right off of the GWP. When you are over there whether you are running the trail or at the Marina it does not feel like you are 10 minutes from DC. It is a total escape.
The Marina is really old, but has a lot of character and charm. I felt like I was in New England.
Wether you are at the Marina or on the running trail both areas are very well taken care of. Being so close to a city there can be a lot of pollution but this area is clean. If you can’t tell the wild life that lives there will tell you.
After exploring the Marina, Ray gave us a quick lesson on the parts of the boat.
Then he taught us about the wind and sail directions.
After our quick theory we got on the boat and out on the water.
I’ve been on plenty of boats, and all different types. In Greece, I was on cruise boat, island hopping. In Newport, I was on a sail boat. In Martha’s Vineyard, I was on fishing boats. In Thailand, I was on a couple motor boats to get us from dive spot to the next. In Annapolis, I was on a sail boat.
I would have to say I like sailing the best. It can be relaxing on the water. It can be wild and adventurous on the water.
It isn’t hard to get certified. The Marina is open until November 1st. I am considering getting certified again. It only takes two days, and that way when my husband and I are in Martha’s Vineyard we can rent a boat and do some sailing.
If you are interested in a sailing lesson check out SailDC.
Have you been sailing? What’s your favorite type of boat?
© 2014 sweat1xdaily