Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stud Boy, Lead Dog, Advance Powder Coating, Etc. Etc. 74th Sail

My Stud Boy, Lead Dog, Advance Powder Coating, Anchorage Drag Bike, Anchorage Suzuki Arctic Cat, Arctic Cat, Citgo, Crowley, Davis Block, Debenham Investments, Fairbanks Gold, Fine Line Interiors, Guardian Security, L&M Supplies, Dillingham, Pacific Alaska Leasing, Renton Coil Springs, Ron Davis, Ron Zugg Shocks, Speedwerx, Spenard Builders Supply, United Steel Workers Local 4959, Wasilla Arctic Cat 74th Sail of 2008 was a very special occasion. Special because it was only the second time this year that I sailed with my son.

I do understand why he hasn't been able to sail much this summer. First of all he was getting established in a new job while taking evening law school classes, graduating this May, and then studying to take the bar exam. Also, he and his wife decided this summer would be the perfect time to have their second baby. Just to make life more interesting they thought it would also be fun to put their house on the market, and then accepted an offer on their home when their new son was three weeks old, without any idea of where they were going to live next.

With all that going on, I really did understand why it would probably not have been a smart move for him to say, "Bye dear, I'm off to sail with my Dad all weekend at the Buzzards Bay Regatta. See you Sunday night."

But this weekend I did persuade him to join me for an hour or so of light air sailing on the Sakonnet. Just like the old days. We headed down the river for a while and then the wind died. Stud Boy stood up in his boat and started rocking it around towards the west where he thought he saw a wind line. I chilled out and used my extra-sensory wind perception powers to find a new wind to the north. Once we were both in some sort of wind we beat upriver and I crossed him by about a hundred yards just to rub it in that the the old dog is still the Lead Dog.

I think Stud Boy was enjoying it. When I suggested we head back to the beach he persuaded me to stay out longer. I guess he wanted to make the best of one of the few sailing days he will have this year. Though perhaps he will be able to join me for some frostbiting once they are settled in their new house.

Why all those sponsors for my 74th sail? Well if they would sponsor these dudes, why not me? What do they have that I don't?


Mal Kiely [Lancelots Pram] said...

Stud Boy? Now that's one hell of a nickname for your son! hahahaaaa

Sounds like one of those special moments shared together out on the water. Excellent.

Mal :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't call him that to his face. But I do have to acknowledge my sponsors in my blog posts.

Litoralis said...

"Stud Boy" was unaware that this "hour or so of light air sailing on the Sakonnet" was actually a race with Tillerman. We did have some good clam chowder and clam cakes at Evelyn's after sailing though.

Tillerman said...

It's only a race when I win.

Anonymous said...

mmmm..., chowder and clamcakes at Evelyn's...

Steve (stuck) in Baltimore

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