07/20/2006: "A Nor Easter..."technorati tags: sailing alaska
My friend Mike, a seasoned sailor, came out with me after work for Wednesday night racing. It started sunny with a light breeze but the wind picked up when some storm clouds rolled in and pretty soon it was really howling with whitecaps and suprisingly strong gusts...we were heeled over so far I was sure the boat was going to capsize and I sort of freaked when all the stowed gear including the galley, launched over into the opposite side of the cabin. I took the photo below before the wind picked up.
Anyway, I trusted Mike enough to know he wouldn't let the boat capsize but it was scary for awhile there. I do think it's good for us to push ourselves to do things we don't think we can do...you know, and never get too comfortable in life. There is nothing inherently interesting about being overly safe, am I right?
When we got back into the harbor I ran into my neighbor Aaron (who owns a Catalina 22 like mine) teaching his adorable little boy to fish for herring from the docks. It was very Norman Rockwell...and later at the pub there were more sailors than usual gathered for pizza and beer and I felt very fortunate to know such a fun group of people.
I will be the first to admit that living here can be very difficult at times (due to the weather and isolation etc.) but nights like tonight that make up for it. Oh, and I almost forgot...this afternoon I submitted some of my tidal paintings to be considered for the cover of our regional tidebooks! They put out a call for artists and everything...isn't that wonderful that they want to put original artwork on the cover of tidebooks? Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for me!