It has been a long while since I last posted my misadventures here on the blog. It’s not for lack of adventures – as I’ve had quite a few of those – it’s just been a deficit of time. Choosing between creating memories vs. posting about them wasn’t hard. And so I’ve been keeping my offline adventures strictly offline for the past year.
But on a recent sailing trip I was speaking with someone who’d seemed less than excited with the idea of day sailing in/around their local harbor. They’d seemed unenthused with the prospect of taking a boat out locally for a few hours, as if there was nothing interesting that could happen.
As someone who takes a boat out every weekend, mostly for day sails in my local area, I was somewhat surprised and might have taken a small bit of offense. Because, to me, every single sail is better than any single day riding the couch. Every day out on the water is a new experience. Not one time out is the same, even if the setting doesn’t change.
From shifty breezes to no breeze. From a crowded marina filled with paddle boarders, booze cruisers, and motor boats in summer to a crowded bay filled with jet skis, speed demons, and parasail boats. From a calm sea state to choppy seas. Each sail has its own unique set of challenges.
But every sail makes me a better sailor. Every sail fills me with wonder at just how small the jam-packed city of Los Angeles looks from just a few miles out. Every sail makes me appreciate just how amazing and beautiful the sea and sky and land are when viewed away from the glare of lights, the shadow of buildings, the smog, the noise.
So I cannot fathom how someone would find their time on a boat boring.
Not when they have the ability to see the amazing things that can be seen out on the water, just a short distance from the hustle and bustle.
Is this boring?
[A pod of young dolphins surfing the waves when the breeze suddenly kicked up to 18 kts and the sea followed suit.]
An Approaching Storm
A Beautiful Harbor
- While this may not have all the excitement of traveling abroad and discovering a new harbor, or fighting tides and currents in a more challenging one, it’s still pretty spectacular.
- And while it might not be as impressive as when regaling friends of your time spent elsewhere, just being able to experience something that not everyone has the ability or good fortune to, is pretty freaking awesome.
- So, even when light air and a confused breeze forces me to roll in the jib and turn on the engine, even when I have to sail further out to avoid the summertime traffic close to shore, even when little calamities occur that cause my heart to race, I am still appreciative of every single second on the water.
- Even if it’s only a few miles away from home.
- And I could never imagine a day where I wouldn’t jump at the chance to get on a sailboat even if it was just to sail around some “boring” local harbor.