My newest ‘Happy Place’ is on the deck of a racing yacht. I knew little about sailing and even less about racing when I started 2 summers ago but I was hooked from that first exhilarating start.
Two years ago I found the sailing rules were as mystifying as the commands and lines (ropes) on the deck. I’ve had a lot of racing and practice time on sailboats from that first start. I’ve sailed on all 3 of the ships shown here jockeying for prime real estate on the starting line. Heated words were exchanged as all four ships (Yes, there is a fourth hidden behind Ricochet’s jib, you can just make out his mast.), sped along the line close enough to reach out and touch each other while waiting for the starting horn so all could turn up into the wind and start.
This race was part of the Wednesday Night Series which is the series where captains and crew practice for the bigger races and regattas which are usually held on weekends. Matching crew-wear is brought out for the big races. Wednesday night is where Newbies cut their teeth and literally ‘learn the ropes’.