30 May 2015

Our first night spent onboard last night

so we could be ready for today’s launch.

Francois quickly resumed his morning routine…
2nd cup of coffee and boat Tai Chi
wiping down the morning dew.


Our ride arrived by mid-morning


…escorted to the lake.




…belly straps in place…


09:13 SPLASH!


After tying her up securely, we raised the mast,
then took a small beverage break…


…while the boat ballet continued.


By mid-afternoon and after helping others dock in wicked strong cross winds,
40 + knot gusts (that’s in excess of 46 mph/74 kph for all you landlubbers)
we were totally ready…
Let the 2015 sailing adventures begin!



…a little post script for those who don’t know us well…yet,

we LOVE storms,

and this baby rolling in

for our first night on the water

is going to be awesome!




A visit to R.E.D. for a little more boat work
and the club grounds are starting to look more like Spring.
We are encouraged…
…barbecues are ready for some action…


…and picnic tables ready for the crowds…
I don’t think we are too unlike most boaters
who by the time winter coats are no longer needed,
are impatient for the season to begin.
We moan about the cold that seems to hang in the air far too long.
We get so excited about one day of warm weather
and think that this is the way it will be from now until next fall.
We tend to forget that the transition from spring to summer is a slow
and gentle process, a constant tug of give and take.
I looked back at our season last year
and was surprised at how different it was then…
(if you click the links below you can see for yourself)
…around this same time last year there was still ice on the lake
and the water levels were much higher.
…and by mid-May this is what we faced.

…now, at least for the moment, the grounds are dry,
and in the next few weeks these docks will be back in the water…
…and we’ll be there, ready,
just a few feet out,
back on dock 64.