My Love for Boating Racing
I had gone on to visit my uncle who lives in Wolverhampton, UK over the summer holiday of 2012. The visit coincided with the 2012 summer Olympics which were held in London and thus it was the best opportunity for me to enjoy the best of sports at the heart of UK which made me feel special in a way since I’d have stories to share with my college mates when schools reopened.
One of the events which thrilled me in the Olympics was boat racing. This is because I visited the country at a time when my uncle had just bought his own powerboat and during my initial stay at the place he had promised to let my cousins and I cruise together when he didn’t have much work scheduled for him. In addition to that, he also promised that if time allowed and there were any races in Oxford, he would take us there too – unfortunately, during my brief stay, there were no races scheduled then so I never visited the place.
Skills and Techniques of Steering a Powerboat
Cruising in a powerboat is one of the most fascinating outdoor activity especially for those that love speed. Of course speed thrills and was very exciting to all of us as we sailed in the evening enjoying the beautiful sunsets. Moreover, by hanging out together, it was all fun as we socialized and cracked jokes about what’s likely to happen in case we capsized during our sail.
However, powerboats are unlikely to capsize and usually there is no need for the driver to have skills like gybing or tacking because of their stability. My uncle was keen on steering and using his intensive navigation skills, he would intermittently tell us where we were at any particular moment and where were heading to. This really fascinated me and made me desire to own my own boat one day in future.
I engaged him in a conversation about his competence in handling powerboat. He was thorough in responding about the various skills and techniques which every boater needs to handle such a two-engined machine. He emphasized in length about the needs to observe safety regulations especially when cruising in the night like we were doing and at a high speed.
One of the things to watch out for are other vessels, both small and large which are too sailing. He explained to me that just like it happens in the roads, also while boating, there are guidelines which help boaters to pass one another so as to minimize any chances of collisions and for one to enjoy a smooth ride.
Observing Safety Regulations is Important while Cruising Oceans
He also stressed on the need to be able to use navigational charts properly. One needs to be able to read and interpret the charts accurately especially if one decided on cruising in waters which he/she is not familiar with. By doing so, one is at a better position to know the safest areas to sail and what to expect there. He also emphasized on the importance of interpreting the weather and knowing what to expect while on the sea. This means that one has to undergo various boating lessons and pass the various tests to get licensed a boater.
Experience is also necessary especially if one is boating in oceans and other large bodies. There is need for someone to know what to do in case of an emergency and how one should call for help. One of the most important thing is to ensure that your boat is well maintained and serviced and also you need to check on the engines before you go baiting. This will ensure that there is no malfunction on the boat and it is unlikely for you to get into any danger while you are out there in the sea.
By the time we turned back to go home, I was so excited that I planned on taking boating lesson, a dream which I realized the next summer when I enrolled in a boating school. I at times go boating during the holidays and I believe that one day I will at a position to but my own powerboat