4 Things To Do When There's No Wind
Posted on the 3rd April at 4:00 p.m.
Sailing is the most weather-dependent of sports, so here's our useful (and not very serious) guide to how to keep the crew occupied when they can't go sailing.
All the ideas below come from the team at BUSA who had a few windless days to discover all the possibilities for occupying yourself on a boat.
- Boat Parkour Forget the Bosun's chair, all you need for this simple activity is a 40 foot mast and a crew member who's not afraid of heights. You'll have the whole marina staring in awe as they climb up the mast completely unaided, extra points if they can sit on the spreaders. Why not entertain the rest of the crew making them walk side-to-side on the yacht, watch how long your climber can stay up there while he's rocking about as if he really were out on the high seas.
- Boat Baking Who needs to worry about GDBO when you can have the GBBO (Great Boat Bake Off of couse...). The tiny oven on board your yacht may be the most difficult-to-use and unreliable cooking appliance on the planet, but why let that stop you? Cookies, cake, pizza, it's all possible, just hope there's no aspiring Paul Hollywoods in the crew.
- Chocolate Bar Jenga Did someone buy way too many cheap chocolate bars? Never fear, the only thing more fun than eating all that chocolate is stacking it up into a tower and playing a classic game of jenga. For added challenge try eating every chocolate bar you remove, then the loser is the first one to bring the tower down or the first one to die from overeating.
- Crew Shopping Trip No matter where you are, there must be something nearby, chandlery? sailing outlet? Aldi? Nothing brings a team together like a group shopping trip. We had so much time we were able to top up on tea, chocolate bars (probably too many of these, see above), visit several different shops, a plumbing store and spend a lot of time (and money...) in Musto!