Monday, June 18, 2012

Let's Sail Away

Written for the 30-day creative writing challenge hosted by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese.  Today's prompt is Setting sail.  Check out the Linky at WWFC for more stories as we set sail on the 18th day of this adventure.

The Quote of the Week!

There is nothing--absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.  - Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Our good friend Bruce had invited us to go sailing on Saturday, and I knew that would fit today's prompt to a T.  It was a picturesque day at the lake, with a light breeze, well make that breezy with 14 mph gusts.  I don't enjoy a lot of excitement on the water, so I had my qualms about a peaceful sail.

Hubby (left) with Bruce

This is Bruce's sailboat, a Newport 16, complete with a cabin, which is stored on-site at the lake.  He purchased this last year and knew both of the previous owners.

Discussing the finer points of sailing
Now where does this rope go?  Just kidding.  Hubby is a former member of the yacht club, and Bruce has recently joined.

Raising the sail

The wind wreaked havoc on me gracefully donning my life jacket, but after several tries, I got it on with the buckles on the outside.  

Bruce's wife, Dixie, has now arrived, so it's time to get this show on the road, or rather the water.
Me, or at least my feet

Since I am always behind the camera, this is what I got of me.

Dixie relaxing

We are underway, the breeze is blowing and we gals have stretched out to enjoy the ride. 
Oh what a beautiful day!

The sky is clear, with just a few clouds gracing the sky.  The breeze which seemed a bit much in the beginning was just perfect to keep us moving at a leisurely pace.  All was well until the boom let loose came crashing down.  Just a minor blip [scream] and all was quickly restored to normal.

Approaching the dock - full speed ahead! 

At the lake, the wind is up then down, the up again, depending on Nature's whim and where you are on the lake at that moment in time.  In other words, the wind is with you one minute and agin you the next.

Here we are approaching the dock.  The wind picked up a again at that moment.

Our thanks to Bruce and Dixie for an enjoyable afternoon of sailing and friendship.


  1. I went sailing once. It scared me to death. I don't like water. I don't swim. I'm a total chicken! Your photos are awesome!

  2. I have a friend who's got a small boat on Lake Hopatong, New Jersey's largest lake. I enjoy the lake-time, but not enough to want a boat myself. Once or twice a season is good for me.

  3. Oh wow. What a beautiful way to spend the day.

  4. Oh that looks like a perfect day. Thanks for bringing us along.

  5. Wonderful photos - makes me long to go sailing again.

  6. Linda, that looks so awesome! Now I'm jealous :-)

  7. Never been on a sailboat, but I think it would be a fun experience.

  8. What a perfect perfect perfect day! I went sailing once and didn't care for it... it was on my honeymoon in St. John... and unfortunately it was a WINDY day. I was soaking wet and freezing by the end of the trip... I need a day like yours next time! :)

  9. Linda- Thank you. It was a perfect day for taking pictures. I swim enough to get across a pool, but I was wearing a lifevest.

    notactuallygod- It is rather enjoyable. We haven't been able to go out much, but I see that changing this summer.

    Meleah- It was pretty nice indeed.

    laughingmom- That's the first time I'd been out in years. It was pretty nice.

    Nicky- C'mon down and we'll go sailing!

    P.J. It is fun, especially if you're just a passenger, relaxing and enjoying the ride.

    Katherine- That sounds a lot like my experience kayaking. It was a sunset trip, with unseasonably cool temps and water in the kayak. I was freezing when I got out of the boat, and immediately wrapped in a towel, and this was the middle of summer.

  10. Looks like you had a great day on the sea. :-) I definitely prefer sailing over going on a motorboat, because sailing is so quiet (unless there is a lot of wind of course). But it can be very relaxing though.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely day with us! :-)

  11. Alexandra- We thought there could be some of that excitement because it was breezy, but all in all it was a peaceful afternoon at the lake.


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