When the main and jib started luffing at us we turned on the motor for awhile. Happily the winds picked up again and Rob was able to set the sails for a nice long tack home. As we got closer to Bluffers the lake was giving us a fun ride on waving rollers that were about 4-5 feet high. The temperature was perfect, the lake was a deep aqua and the baby blue sky was clear.
We can drive to Cobourg in about 1.5 hours. Sailing it takes us 11 -12. So it helps when you enjoy the ride. True, sometimes it can get a bit boring, but I take it as more a reflection on the bored one (is that the boree?).
When we got back to BPYC, we arrived in time to join fellow members in a toast to Klaus and Barbara, who are heading off for a year's worth of adventures on their boat. Bon Voyage!
The sail, the play of the pulse so like our own lives; so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labours hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.
|there's my guy!|
- William Arthur Ward
Indeed, the cruising of a boat here and there is very much what happens to the soul of a man in a larger way. We set out for places we do not reach, or reach too late; and on the way, there befall us all manner of things which we could never have awaited.
- Hilaire Belloc, On Sailing the Sea
quotes from The Sailing Fanatic, Timeless Refections on Water, Wind and Wave compiled by Christopher Caswell.