Sunday, November 06, 2011

Ida



Today was the first day of the Newport Kirby Sailboat Fleet frostbite season and my 43rd day of sailing my Kirby Sailboat this year. (I guess that's not strictly true. For the first 41 sails of the year I thought my boat was called a Laser, but apparently it's really a Kirby Sailboat. At least that's what Bruce Kirby, the boat's designer says, and I guess he should know.)

We had a crack race committee headed up by Moose McClintock so the start line was just the right length, the beat was square to the wind, and the courses kept changing to maximize the fun.

It was windier than I expected. The mark roundings were just as crowded and as chaotic as I expected. There wasn't as much shouting as I expected. I had more fun than I expected.

I had one really good race, at least one other really good start, and one really stupid capsize... and I didn't hit anybody else or any buoys, but there were one or two close misses in the latter category.

I packed it in before the afternoon was over. I wasn't totally exhausted but I was physically tired enough that I could feel myself losing the necessary focus, concentration and aggression to keep racing properly so I quit, I wimped out, I called it a day. Hey, I'm 63. I'm allowed.

The day of frostbiting left me satisfied but wanting more.. like sex, beer and sudoku and not at all like cruising and visiting Philadelphia.

This post is called Ida because our start line was just off Ida Lewis Yacht Club. The lady in the photo with 43 on her chest is not called Ida, as far as I know. She is there because a lot of my male readers get excited every year when I do my 43rd sail and I wouldn't want to disappoint them by not posting the photo of the lady who isn't called Ida.

And so home for a soak in a hot bath and a delicious meal of lamb chops and fresh veggies and gravy with Tillerwoman, whom I met 40 years ago today. Life is good.

11 comments:

my2fish said...

my grandmother's name is Ida.

she looks nothing like your #43 girl there, and thankfully has never worn just paint.

Baydog said...

Doh!!!!!

Baydog said...

I actually think you just like this photo. I like it too. But at some point you need to stop using it, because eventually someone's gonna think you're a dirty old man.

Tillerman said...

I just like numbers.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

I missed the story where Lasers became Kirby's. Can you link it again? (I never sailed a Kirby.)

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Maybe my Int-14 was a Kirby design.

tillerman said...

I mentioned the name change of the Laser in my Nov 5 post, and the full letter from Kirby announcing it is in Scuttlebutt 3460 (second item in Guest Commentary towards the end of the newsletter.)

Baydog said...

By the way, nice milestone of 40 years with the Tillerwoman. She's lovely.

Tillerman said...

Thanks Baydog. Every day I realize how fortunate I was to find her... and some days I even remember to tell her.

R W Rawles said...

What Baydog says...!

Pandabonium said...

She's not a 43.

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