The weather had forecast some rain in the afternoon yesterday. We headed out to Elbow early in the morning anyways. We had waited so long for the first sail of the year. It was time to get out of Dodge, away from the traffic, noise and speed of life.
You can only speed on a sailboat if there is a wind, but that is only after you have the boat assembled and on the water. That is no small feat – for the novice and on the first sail of the year.
Two hours later, we were finally in the water. By then the clouds had rolled in. What to do? We headed off in the direction of least clouds. It was rather a pleasant sail. The rain was gentle and we had our rain gear on. We dove into our sandwiches for we were starving by then. Sheba looked on eagerly mouth watering, from her place on the trampoline. She got a bite of my sandwich when I wasn’t looking. I appeased her with her favourite rawhide chew. Satisfied, she settled down and looked off to
sea towards the horizon.
The rain continued. We saw the clouds lifting in the distance and hoped that clear skies would reach us soon. In the meantime I was enjoying the ambiance of skimming across the waters. I did wished mightily that we had hot chocolate though. It would have been perfect then.
We got a little wet and after awhile a little cold. The captain decided we better head back for shore to warm up. The winds had died and we motored the last stretch -to the dock where the mosquitoes greeted us with glee.
And wouldn’t you know it, the sun came out in blazing in all its glory by the time we had a beer. I sat in the truck, out of mosquito range and finished reading Anne Lamott’s Rosie. By then I was feeling no pain, drowsy with sun and beer. I cared not what the men and Sheba did. I was mellow.
It takes an hour to pack up the boat to head home. Nothing is instant about sailing. What went up, must come down. Knots tied has to be untied. It was a process, much like living. A click and an ENTER work only in cyberspace but not on earth. I know that but sometimes I forget as I tap and tap, click and press ENTER. Sailing brings me back to earth.