Three of my good sailing friends are going to the Laser Masters Worlds in October and they have been happy to come out and sail with me at various locations around Rhode Island during the summer as part of their preparation for the Worlds. As a result I have done much more training with a partner or a small group and less solo sailing than I usually do. It's been fun.
But this week was different. You would think my friends would all be training hard before flying off to France.
One of my friends has already left for France traveling via Turkey and Georgia.
A friend in Georgia
And another friend, who originally said he wanted to sail a lot this week, has had his travel arrangements disrupted by the Air France pilots' strike and is preparing to travel earlier, so now he can't sail.
A French pilot
And my third friend has a shoulder injury and is resting it before going to Hyères.
So I'm back to sailing on my own again this week.
Tuesday was a superb, warm early fall day. The winds were forecast to be light so I did a bit of reading about light air technique and then headed over to Bristol planning to practice roll tacks and roll gybes and light air starts and stuff.
When I got there it was honking. So I practiced trying to keep the long pointy thing aiming at the sky and worked on making impressive whoop whoop sounds as I rode the waves on screaming reaches across the harbor.
It was one of the best days for sailing this year with some nice chunky waves and lots of refreshing spray. I came home and had a couple of glasses of Smuttynose IPA and slept like a baby.
Tuesday's sail, the 43rd of the year, was sponsored by ACCOMABP, the Allegheny County Chapter of Moms Against Body Painting.