Sailing Lessons

It’s strange how much we’re sailing as our final weeks in Oregon run out. Our house is on the market, the movers come on Tuesday, but we’re on the river. We sold our 27 foot sailboat a month ago, but we still own half of a Cal 20 with my brother, who plans to keep it. So, we’ve been taking it out twice a week or more.

Aurora, our Cal 20Yesterday’s sail was especially nice. My daughter was fairly scared at the start, since she prefers larger boats and her last outing on Aurora was very rough in terms of weather. Nonetheless, she enjoyed the sail more and more as we went, and was happy with her accomplishment as we motored back after dropping sails. “The heeling was the best part, like a roller coaster ride you don’t pay for,” she claimed.

My son turned 10 this weekend, so it was also a “birthday sail” for him. He got in some good tiller time, along with the archetypal “Doug, you need to head up, unless you want that barge to go over us…” He can start the outboard on his own now, and run it fairly well, which is a relief to me when it’s just the two of us on the river.

For more pictures, see Cal 20 Sail, May 26th 2007.

If things work out half-way well, we still have our one week charter reservation for the San Juan Islands coming up the third week of June. We have the same Islander 28 reserved as we took out last year, and we might just do the same islands again to reduce planning time.

In the end, of course, sailboats are a folly– even worse than most cars. I lost the “car bug” more than 20 years ago, but I have to admit that I find sailboats to be aesthetically-pleasing in many ways. I hope we can sail again tomorrow.

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