Skipper That! “Confession Tuesday”

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“Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself.  Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and give in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports award.” – George Matthew Adams

ImageThe infamous Rhodes 19…Little Sacandaga Lake (Adirondacks)

     I realize I am a little late with this, but I forgot to do my confession Friday.  I miss sailing.  I love sailing and I think about it often.  This is my problem in life.  I cannot just pick one thing and love it the most.  I love too many things.  I miss sailing this boat.  I remember the days when the wind would pick up and I would drop whatever I was doing and want to go for a sail.  Whether it be a sunfish, Rhodes 19, or even just a boat, I loved being out on the water. 

Image  A Hobie Cat….Wowwwwwwwwww!!!!!

Hope they have a rig kit!

 

     So what is my confession?  If you could go back in time, this might be the one thing I could change.  I was working at LeMoyne College one day after I graduated.  I go back there and help sometimes.  A lady found out I was into sailing and I was pretty small.  She wanted me to be on her Hobie racing team.  The idea of being on a Hobie trapeze horrified me.  I told her I was happy she asked but I turned down her offer…I could hit myself now!  I wonder how much fun that would have been.  I think that seeing a Hobie tip and they did not have a kit to flip themselves back up.  They were out there for hours. 

 

     So the moral of the story is I miss sailing and I am going to hopefully take lessons.  I found some lessons on Skaneateles Lake for $40 an hour.  I will take it.  It isn’t that I do not know how to raise a jib or get the main sail ready, but I need to just have a refresher.  Maybe someday I will be able to afford my own sailboat.  That would be exciting.  Sure, I love a row or a kayak, but sailing feels wonderful….

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There is nothing like a good swim off of a sail boat too!  I have to not be alone though…otherwise I might lose the boat.  I am not very good at anchoring a boat!!!

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