Winter blues

I sit here in my crowded room struggling to focus on a long to-do list so our lives will be ready for living off the grid. The digital age is a steep learning curve, especially since just as I learn the “how to”, it all changes! I am really looking forward to living in at 4kts…but it is hard work getting there, and I am struggling with the winter blues. To give myself motivation, Ken and I visited our boat yesterday along with our friend, Jack, and his sweet dog. We made a to-do list, and with help from Jack and another friend from the boatyard, Haven Harbour in Rock Hall, MD, we figured out a puzzling issue with our mainsail. It seems that “someone” loosened the mainsail halyard, which resulted in it not furling correctly…Harmony has a roller furled that furls into the mast. Check one item off the list! Then we had a late lunch at one of our favorite restaurants on the Eastern Shore…Fords. I had delicious crabbed-filled mushroom caps and a bowl of hot crab soup. That lifted my mood 🙂 … and Ken had a chicken dish with enough leftovers for 2 more meals, and the sandwich Jack ate–well, he had leftovers galore. Excellent food, large portions, and great service keeps us coming back. As we were leaving I felt a bit sad that once we are living on the boat it will be hard to get to Fords since we won’t have our car with us, and it is a bit far to go by bicycle from Rock Hall unless we make it an all day outing. I can recall winter racing on the Severn in my youth, but these days this is as close as I ever want to get to winter sailing!

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About 4knots

Old sailor, new adventures. Lived in Washington, DC and area from Spring 1966 to Spring 2012 when I moved to Knoxville, TN. I began sailing in 1992 as mental therapy after the death of my beloved husband, Tomas, in 1991. I had become a workaholic, and sailing breezes gave me new life. I became an avid sailor, racer (including frostbite races), and a sailing instructor in Annapolis, MD, and in DC. I helped begin a community sailing program in DC as well as Baltimore, and taught underprivileged DC children to sail. I met my current husband, Ken, at a mutual friend's island home in the Chesapeake Bay. I was writing a poem while watching a storm role in as I sat on a bluff overlooking the Bay. He stopped by and we chatted for a bit. Later in the evening I was watching people dance and he commented that we were the only ones not dancing, so we danced one tune, but he was not a dancer. Later that night my friends wanted to row around the anchorage and say hello and go aboard to see other boats and continue the party...the boater's excuse to say. "my boat is better/bigger than your boat". One of our boardings was "Anisette", a Pearson 30' owned by Ken and his friends. A few weeks later we met again at a ski club summer event, a boat raft-up, and Ken became a pest that night and annoyed me to no end. He later sought me out and apologized, and invited me to go sailing as part of the apology. His boat partners were along and we had a lot of fun, even though it was too hot to be sailing.' Ken volunteered to crew for my race boat...afterwards I told him I did not need him as crew--he knew how to sail, but he did not know how to race, and I was use to winning. Our paths kept crossing, and at some point he showed up as a sailing instructor where I was teaching. My son was in college so I decided to advertise his room for rent, and Ken applied, and because I already knew him I accepted, but 2 or 3 months later he move out because his girlfriend, someone he worked with, wanted him to have his own place. Meantime, my son was coming and going, and I would meet interesting sailors who who were coming to Annapolis to learn to sail, as well as aduring the boat show weeks. Ken and his girlfriend broke up and he wanted to know if he could move back in and keep his boat at my dock. It was literally years later I learned he had been passing me off as his girlfriend before I was...and that finally explained a few odd comments from his boat partners and others that made no sense to me at the time. Well, in the end, everything happens for a reason. We eventually sailed aboard our Caliber 35, Harmony, on the Chesapeake and Delaware bays as well as up and down the east coast. We sailed through NY where we saw a sea plane flip over as it was trying to land at the Wall Street sea plane landing, where it floated belly up. We saw the pilot climb out. A barge with a big crane arrived and a diver attached a chain to the tail of the plane. The plane was hoisted out of the water, but before it could be swung onto the barge, the chain snapped and the small plane nosedived deep into the dark, murky water. At that point we moved on to where we anchored for the night: behind Pauper's Island. And the events of that 3-night anchorage is another story worth telling. We also sailed aboard a 44' cutter through the Caribbean from Puerto Rico to Columbia and explored the many islands in between. Ken proposed in Puerto Rico and, acting against my inner voice, we were married in St. Vincent in 2005.
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