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2018年6月27日 (水)

1049m.初芦屋、そして初チン

こんにちは!ルイーズです。タイトルから分かりますように、今週末はとてもエグサイティングな2日間でした!ブログを書いてみましたが、英語が長文になってしまいましたので、全部日本語に訳そうと思ったら1週間くらいかかります。(笑)ので、すみませんがフルバージョンは英語のみとなります。

 

土曜日に初めてシングルスカル(ツーリング)で芦屋まで行きました。その日は無事に終わりましたが、日曜日に水が信じられないくらい静かだったのに、芦屋で方向転換していた時にチンしてしまいました。下の長~いブログで一番言いたかったのは、今週末、クラブの精神に本当に感動しました。土曜日に近くに漕いでくださった皆さん、写真を撮ってくださった皆さん、「お疲れさん!よく出来たね!」と声をかけてくださった皆さん、本当にありがとうございました。日曜日の練習の後半は大変でしたが、皆さんがすぐに助けに来てくださいましたし、帰りに私の遅いペースに合わせてくださいましたので、安心してボートハウスまで帰ることが出来ました。ここまでサポートしていただくクラブでローイングを学べるのが、心強い限りです。ありがとうございます!これからも頑張りますので、よろしくお願いします!

Up until this weekend I had one or two tries in a single touring scull, but I remained in the safety of the short stretch near the boathouse. On Saturday it was time for my first solo outing to Ashiya, about 4.5km east of base. N San was confident that I could row well enough to do it, and I had gotten used to the instability, which was a big shock the first time I got into a single scull, so I was pretty sure I could do it too. I checked the weather the night before and saw that it would be rainy, so hoped that the sea wouldnt be too rough. I felt blessed the next morning as although it was overcast, it wasnt raining, there was hardly any wind, and the water was quiet. Perfect conditions! I got out on my single touring scull and gingerly started out. It was so reassuring that other club members were taking it slow to keep an eye on me, and two people (thank you N-ba San and K San!) even rowed ahead on either side of me in the roughest water. There were a couple of times my oars didnt come clean out of the water and I felt my balance go, but I managed to keep hold and lay my blades flat to steady myself- although my heart certainly wasnt steady! After quite a bit of zigzagging across the water I triumphantly made it to Ashiya. But getting there is only half the battle- I still had to make it back. I came a bit too close to a bridge and managed to avoid it in time thanks to N Sans warning shout, but apart from that the journey back passed without event. Yes!! Big success!! I was feeling great and looking forward to graduating from the bigger, heavier touring scull to a full blown racing scull the next day. (I dont know if thats the name, but its the scull everyone else uses to practice. Its even thinner and lighter than a touring scull.) Lots of people took photos of my first big journey and I noticed my shoulders were so scrunched up they were practically in my ears! One thing to improve, I made a mental note.

The next morning I was certain that someone was looking down on me, as there wasnt a breath of wind and the water was the calmest Id seen it. It was as calm as a lake, and thats saying a lot for the sea!

I had a better idea of the route this time and was enjoying taking in the peaceful Sunday morning scenery and navigating the eerily quiet water. I made it to Ashiya so uneventfully that I felt confident enough to try putting a bit more oomph into my strokes and stop skimming my blades over the water so much. At the Ashiya home stretch a couple of members congratulated me and punched the air at my success! I rowed (not posed) for a couple of photos.

The water was like glass.  Surely I can get home no problem!

...Talk about tempt fate!

My driving instructor told me that accidents happen most once you get used to driving and let your guard down. YEP! All I had to do was change direction and get back to base, but I must have gotten a little too confident, as when turning, one of my oars went too deep into the water and my other blade wasnt flat. I lost my little struggle with the oars and sploosh! I found myself in the same position as I was in during our capsize correction practice the week before. Everyone in the vicinity was willing to help and eventually N San and U San came to my aid, giving me instructions to turn the boat the right way up and holding my boat as I shimmied in. N San assured me that the boat would be steadier half full of water and I didnt quite believe him, but he really knows his stuff so I started the journey back with my feet submerged in my own personal pond. U San came to reassure me, and in doing so failed to spot the pillar in his path. He couldnt manoeuvre out of its way and the water claimed its second victim of the day! I knew that if I tried to help Id only end up falling in myself, so I sheepishly let everyone else help out as I gathered myself for the journey back. Thank you U San for joining me in the capsize club!

It felt about twice as long as the way there, as my nerves had been tested and my confidence took a dent. Each time my oars went a bit deep or I missed a stroke, my heart skipped a beat and I imagined myself falling in again. The open water was much choppier on the way back and I had to stop and gather myself a few times to convince myself that I wouldnt fall in again.

With lots of people around me for moral and physical support, I sheepishly made my way back to base. Turning around even in the calm water was nerve wracking, but I made it to the platform and was helped out by other members getting out of the boat, carrying the boat to the boathouse, washing it off, and putting it back.

My biggest takeaway from this weekend was the strength of the club spirit. Everyone was there to congratulate me for my successful row on Saturday, and their kind words were very encouraging. I received many mails from people who had taken my picture, and constructive advice on how to improve. Although the next day was a tough session and my nerves were shaken, I really felt everyones support and concern, and was so grateful to all the other club members for helping me and looking out for me. And as always, thanks to N San for training me and believing in me. Thank you so much everyone!

I wont let my first capsize shake me! Ill be back!
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初の、そして2日連続の芦屋チャレンジ
お疲れ様でした。そして、実戦の場での
再乗艇の成功おめでとうございます。
うねりの高い新明和前をフルスライドで
漕ぎ進む姿に感心しました。素晴らしい‼

投稿: N谷 | 2018年6月27日 (水) 15時15分

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チャレンジ精神に脱帽。
私の場合芦屋まで行くのに3年はかかりました。

投稿: マレーの鯨 | 2018年6月27日 (水) 12時27分

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