When I started flying helicopters the first time you were allowed to take the helicopter out on your own without the instructor by your side was called your “nickel ride”. You give your instructor a nickel after your first flight as a payment for the “nickel tour”. It’s more of a tradition than the actual cost of the flight. Unfortunately the payment for your first solo day sail tends to be a little pricier.
For our first sail we decided to venture out of Commencement Bay and grab some lunch in Des Moines, WA at Anthony’s. It was a pretty good day and we managed to get lucky with the tides and wind. We made the trip in a little over 3 hours and pulled into the harbor around noon. After we docked at the public slips we learned that Anthony’s opens after 4:30 M-F. With lunch plans thwarted and a lesson learned to check your restaurant hours, Lisa and I decided to take a stroll down the waterfront area and grab a bite from the Farmers Market.
After about an hour on shore we started to cast off the lines to return back to Tyee Marina and finish out our first solo day sail. We were not as lucky with the winds on the way back as they dropped to around 1-2 kts for the rest of the afternoon. So we started motorsailing on the way back South. Not nearly as peaceful, but with a timeline to return the boat it’s good to have the option of the iron jib.