Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A table for Eric, Senna and Lieve

Seven of us sat round the new table to round off the project and say goodbye; Em, Sietske, Lieve, Senna, Claudia, Eric and I. Polo was under the table and Herman should have been there but was called away.
We drank tea, ate biscuits and said thank you's back and forth, a fitting way to wrap up this job that we have been involved with for nearly three years.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

X-ray specs

We went to see Toy Story 3 in 3D. The glasses were less irritating than I expected, the effect was surprisingly good but I reckon the film would have been just as much fun in 2D.

A day at the office

One of the last things to be done aboard the Willem Johannes was to build the 'office'. Eric's daughter Senna sketched her ideal workplace and we built what she had drawn. The combination of desk and workbench turned out rather nicely.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Too quick for the camera

This weekend we took Kwark over the IJsselmeer to Hoorn where Em was to sail in the National Combi finals. 
Saturday the kids trained in marvellous conditions - sun, wind and big waves. Em came in with a grin from ear to ear, 'Dad I was completely upside down'. Not possible on our muddy puddle.
The four races on Sunday were not easy. Less wind and sloppy waves left our lake sailors pointing too high and struggling for speed. They were sailing against the top Optimist sailors from the seven Dutch regions too. Em had to fight for every point of her 23rd. place. 
Next year more big wave training, was her conclusion.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sadlers First

We had marvellous weather last Sunday for the club racing at the DTP. Everyone came off the water smiling, not just the Sadler family [who won the Optimist race and the 16m2 race].
Thanks to Eric's dad Ad for a couple of great pictures.

Monday, September 6, 2010

OptiTeam passes it on

On Saturday we towed the Watersportverbond trailer with six Optimists to Assen. Eva, Lillian and Hans Jurgen [in the yellow shirts] introduced forty-something youngsters to sailing and the Optimist while Gijs [already afloat], brother Pim [in the green shirt] and Em [where is Em?] showed them how it's done.

Red, yellow, blue and green

Hannah, Em, Mette and Charlotte.

Crossing things off the list

Work on the Willem Johannes is coming along nicely. We have a list of things to do in the next four weeks and we are working our way steadily through it.
Here is a removable bench for those moments when ten people come to dinner. Now we know how big the table has to be.