Raining days are alway interesting on Medina. I love the thought of them, I have this vision of relaxing, listening to the rain fall on the deck while a good reading a book. However, throw in an active toddler and a dose of reality (i.e. places to be, things to do) and it’s not something that happens very much.
When we are in the marina, the rain doesn’t stop us, we pop on our raincoats and stick to our routine, hoping not to get caught in any great downpours as we walk from the Medina to the car or vice versa. But I have always wondered how we would go when cruising. Two weeks ago I found out.
We were safely anchored in one of our favourite spots when heavy showers over a 12 hour period were predicted. Preparing a sailing boat for rain isn’t that hard as they are designed to be water tight, but we put up a water proof cover to give the cockpit extra protection. It also allows us to leave the companion way open, which lets fresh air in the boat, as all the other hatches are closed.
Once Medina was sorted, we turned our minds to preparing Orbit (or maybe it was preparing ourselves?). Preparing Orbit to be cooped up for up to 24 hours in a relatively small space meant getting him as tired as possible. So we were in the tinny and off to the beach for the morning. We’re pretty lucky, Orbit is an explorer by nature and needs no encouragement to start running around, looking for new things, jumping in puddles and playing in the sand.
With one very tired little boy, we headed back to Medina (he nearly fell asleep in the tinny on the way back), ready for the rain to begin. The rain started when Orbit was asleep for his afternoon nap, he was happy to remain contained to the boat after he woke up till it was time to go to sleep after dinner. The next day was a bit more interesting …
We all woke to the sound of rain falling on the deck and none of us were particularly keen to get out of bed – there was no rush, nothing urgent to check as the Skipper and I had been up checking on things through the night. After our bladders would no longer let us lay in bed, we were all up having a lazy breakfast. We checked the weather (again) and the forecast was for rain all day and had to accept that we would have a full day on the boat, contained below so we had better get ready to continue relaxing.
This is fine and dandy for the Skipper and I, but what about Orbit? How were we going to keep him contained, occupied and happy? I should not have worried, he usually mirrors moods of the Skipper and I, so as long as we were relaxed, he was relaxed too. He managed to fill his waking hours of the day, copying the Skipper and I. When we were reading books or on the computer, he was reading or playing on his ‘computer’, he was more than keen to ‘help’ the Skipper check the vitals in the engine, learning how to use a spanner and generally kept himself busy doing puzzles and playing with his toys. Orbit just seemed to potter through the day with us.
I am not sure if he would have survived another day of being confined below decks, and thank goodness we didn’t need to find out because we woke to a brilliant sunrise the following morning. But on the day, that fateful day of being confined to Medina for over 24 hours, I did get to make my vision a reality … I got to relax, listening to the rain on the deck while reading a good book. And it was even better because I got to do it with my two favourite people in the world, the Skipper and Orbit!