Thursday, February 12, 2009

99 Bottles

Maybe it was because I owned up to my lack of motivation to go sailing in Blah!

Or perhaps it was a result of all the advice and encouragement I received in response to that post. Thanks guys.

It could have been that after two months since my last sail enough time had elapsed that I had recovered from my 2008 overdose of Laser sailing and that I was ready for another fix.

Or, more likely, it was because yesterday really was a perfect day for sailing. Warmest day we have had for weeks, maybe months. The temperature almost touched 50. The wind was light but not a drifter. Perfect weather to tempt a lazy old geezer back on to the water.

So I went sailing. Took my Laser over to my favorite boat ramp in Bristol and hacked around Upper Narragansett Bay for an hour or so. Just trying to make sure I still remembered how to do it.

Man, it felt good. I hadn't forgotten how to sail, but I had almost forgotten many of the reasons I enjoy sailing so much. Out in the fresh air, the feel of the breeze on my face, the sounds of the boat slicing through the water, the sunlight glinting on the water,
the smell of the sea, the feeling of peace and solitude being the only sail in sight.

My mind started wandering to all of the vague ambitions I have for sailing this year, how to practice more effectively, how to be better prepared for racing mentally and physically, all the little jobs of boat maintenance I want to tackle, all of the subjects I want to blog about...

One down. Ninety nine to go.

I'm back.

8 comments:

bonnie said...

Fantastic.

Jos said...

It hasn't been the same since you were gone....
I wish I could give you more than mark-room for your 99 bottles

Pat said...

'bout time...
you found some joy on the water.

Anonymous said...

Glad to have you back Tillerman!

Anonymous

Tim said...

I want to go sailing. But its snowing outside and my boats in the garage and it needs some work done on it and its cold outside.

nuts.

Mal's Team Gherkin said...

Good on you. Go for it - and enjoy it when you can :)

PeconicPuffin said...

Where's the "1"? I've become an enthusiast of your pictoral days-sailed counter.

The One said...

Good question Puffin. Where is The One? Who is The One?

Seriously I haven't decided whether to do a counter this year, or if I do whether there's a different way to do it. Any suggestions gratefully received.

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