|I went on my first active sail with Halcyon Sailing in TriBeca.|
“Trim jib! ” “Ease main!” “Trim main!”
I heard these phrases repeatedly last weekend when I took my first active sail through the New York Harbor. I quickly learned that “trim” means “pull in”; “ease” means “let out”; and in sailing lingo, the “main” is the large sail, and the “jib” is the smaller sail toward the front of a boat. Meanwhile, in just a few hours, I had taken a crash course in sailing.
Friends Maria and Bill joined Mike and I for the Sunday outing, and what a gorgeous Sunday it was. The weather couldn’t have been better –– it was sunny and about 75 degrees –– and according to our skipper Ben, we had the right amount of wind for a sail.
I had no idea what to expect from the on-the-water escapade –– even though I’ve sailed quite a few times before –– as this was my initial experience with Halcyon and my introduction to the art of sailing. The other sails were cocktails and sunsets (literally), and this one was about getting involved, teaming up, and having a great time. (We saved the cocktails for afterward this go-around!)
I was impressed with my ability to not only steer the Grand-Prix racing boat toward One World Trade in Lower Manhattan, but also proud that I was able to overcome any inhibitions I once had. And, I would sail on the Farr 30 sailboat again.
Admittedly, I did have a little help from Ben, who was patient and a great coach! Ben used specific commands while I steered like, “Head up” and “Head down,” both of which directed the sail. I wasn’t afraid to take over because I knew he was there to back me up. Even though I am a boating novice, Ben made me feel completely comfortable during the excursion.
Here’s a short video of the action.
After we cruised for about 15 minutes, the sailboat began to heel (or lean), and feel like it was going to capsize; we started riding on the starboard (right side)! Though we felt a little apprehensive, for the most part we had no worries. Ben assured us that this boat was designed to perform in the windiest conditions and heeling is expected. He also told us that no one sailing with Halcyon had ever fallen into the Hudson, which put my mind at ease. Nonetheless, I gripped the lifeline just to be safe.
While Bill, Maria, and I shared most of the laughs, Mike ran around the boat for what seemed like the time the sail began until we returned to Pier 25. He stayed on task like a real pro.
|Mike in action!|
Maria and Bill pitched in with steering, and everyone made sure that I didn’t need to use that life preserver I was wearing. Thankfully, I managed to not fall into the water, because, while it might have been a humorous story to tell –– especially now that you have a clear mental picture –– I would be writing a different ending to this blog post!
Thanks to Ben and the folks at Halcyon for treating us to an adventurous Sunday afternoon we continue to talk about. Here are some more photos from our day out “at sea” in New York.
|The promenade in TriBeCa|
|View of One World Trade and Lower Manhattan|
|It was a picture-perfect day to sail.|
|Skipper Ben, the pro!|
|Mike and I pose for a quick photo before we start.|
|Maria and Bill are ready to sail!|
|Ben coaches me as I steer the boat. What fun!|
|Mike relaxes for a minute.|
|Maria takes her turn steering while Ben oversees.|
|Mike in action!|
|Here I am taking in the sunshine!|
|We ran into our friends, the FDNY.|
|Mike could get used to this.|
|Photo op with Bill!|
|Ben at work.|
|It’s over already! Thanks Halcyon!|
Halcyon offers interactive sails, quiet family cruises, corporate and group racing events, as well as a racing league. The Farr 30 sailboat’s design was inspired by the America’s Cup; it can accommodate up to six people comfortably in the cockpit.
Halcyon’s spacious loft in TriBeCa, just up the street from the fleet, is the perfect location for a company meeting or private event. For more information on Halcyon or to book a sail, visit halcyonsailing.com.
|The Farr 30 sailboat heels.–image courtesy of Halcyon|
I received a free sail from Halcyon. These opinions are my own.