At times the wind died down to an easy breeze, and that made for amazing lazy sailing while laid out on the cockpit sole soaking up the heat of the sun, like charging my batteries before the cold sets in.
|Looking southwest into sunny sky and cloud and shimmering water|
I don't know why but I find it hard to say it but I think it may be true that I am become a "small boat sailor". I have been so certain that I am not, but my actions and delight in this boat would seem to prove otherwise.
|back on the shore, a flat bottomed skiff is so easy to beach and step off dry footed.|
I have found that the little bay here, that I hardly even referred to as a bay previously, has now become my own playground with plenty of water for a boat like this and plenty of area for my kind of sailing. I have a beautiful prominence to the north, with rock cliffs shooting up from the water and a lovely lighthouse atop, marinas all to the west. To the east, across the river is a beautiful shore that seems like it is far away and I need not venture that far on most outings. Sailing out as far east as the commercial channel gives me a great view to the south, down river, tall rock cliffs on the western shore and a lovely beach and a point to the south east. I also know that looking south, I feel the presence of the Atlantic, just 40 miles away. All I have to do is point that way and sail. I don't need to, and don't even want to right now, but knowing that it's that easy makes it all a bit more amazing.
If that happened to be my last real outing for the season, then I've done alright, especially considering I didn't start my season until late September. The handy ease of this boat means that my season never really ends, I just have to be ready for those nice days each month of the year that seem to materialize just to keep me sane and on the water. I think I will invest in a drysuit for the colder season sailing. I've been in the cold water once before and have no real desire to experience that again, although, it wasn't something I regret having gone thru, at least now I know what it's like, Hypothermia, and accepting once death in the present moment. After that, everything seems bonus!