I used to Sail….

Walking a sunfish over a sandbar in salt run the summer a taught youth sailing.

Walking a sunfish over a sandbar in salt run the summer a taught youth sailing.

In the past my days were filled with salt air and sunshine, sails billowed overhead, and waves rustled past below, I sailed a lot, at any given opportunity to be exact. Then I bought a boat and well…. I can probably count the number of times I’ve actually been out sailing in the past year on my fingertips. It seems, at times, that boats are all work and no play. I feel my self-growing weary of this, and I know a day off shore in the big old blue is just what I need to revive my soul. But I’m a full days trip from the ocean, so I’ll have to settle for a bit of river sailing next weekend. Which will still be fun especially since I should be shaking out my new mainsail – fingers crossed it arrives in time. I had a skipper ask me to crew in a woman’s race this weekend and regrettably had to turn her down since I’ll already be out of town – lately they only ever ask when I’m not here, how do they know! I’ll be high and dry this weekend, rabbling up on the Suwannee River, listening to some fine musicians and in the company of great friends, can’t complain about that. Except on top of having to turn down a J-race I’ll also be missing out on a local marina flea market that only happens once a year…. I need 3 of me.

So much to do, so little time to squeeze it all in over the next 12 weeks before my departure. It gets stressful at moments, so I close my eyes, I see the sails up there, hear the water down there, feel the sun on my face – it’s my past and my future as long as I keep it together here in the present.

Here’s a little collection of photos from my sailing days past. They are quite literally the wind in my sails, keeping my heart in balance through all these waves of change, little reminders of why I do the things I do.

Rigging up my catamaran for a sail on the Banana River

Rigging up my catamaran for a sail on the Banana River

 

Beached while we explore the Mangrove shallows of the Thousand Islands

Beached while we explore the Mangrove shallows of the Thousand Islands

 

Offshore @ CCYC Mermaid Regatta  - I'm Flying the Spin

Offshore @ CCYC Mermaid Regatta – I’m Flying the Spin

We Won! - The only winning crew I've ever been a part of :)

We Won! – The only winning crew I’ve ever been a part of 🙂

 

Racing 420's at the MYC Spring Regatta

Racing 420’s at the MYC Spring Regatta

 

...some other MYC Regatta - Defiantly a cruising class race there much more my speed :)

…some other MYC Regatta – Defiantly a cruising class race there much more my speed 🙂

One of the First long 20 mile days I sailed aboard my boat.

One of the First long 20 mile days I sailed aboard my boat.

Anchored out in the river on a fall afternoon.

Anchored out in the river on a fall afternoon.

 

Currently my last time out - Sail going up on a 40 ft Catamaran I chartered for my best friend Bachelorette last month

Currently my last time out – Sail going up on a 40 ft catamaran I chartered for my best friend Bachelorette last month

 

A fun day out on Paramour with Racheal

A fun day out on Paramour with Racheal

 

Ok so its not a sailboat but it was an awesome day offshore and a stellar birthday catch!

Ok so its not a sailboat but it was an awesome day offshore and a stellar birthday catch!

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