St. Croix Yacht Club held a Girls’ Introduction to Sailing Day on May 4th. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Sailing Foundation and allowed the club to provide a free day of sailing to girls from all across the island between ages 9 to 12. Twelve girls...
When my son was younger I read "The Cleanup of Codfish Cove" to him over and over. When Codfish Cove becomes cluttered with trash, Shamu the whale wants to move far away to where the waters are clean. But Shamu's friends don't want to move, so they organize a clean-up...
She swaps our cameras to do it again. We freeze and grin again. Then I step back and take a snapshot of Shelby to send to her mother. She poses alone, elbows back with both thumbs poking upward. She is enveloped in cheery yellow, a poncho with matching waterproof pants. She flashes a broad smile, holds until I tell her, “Got it. Thanks!”
Although this poem is not precisely sailing related, I feel compelled to share. Probably a decade ago, a friend of mine sent me the poem by Pat Nielsen, who was a dear friend of hers who had just passed away. I came across this friend-of-a-friend gift the other day when I was sorting through a box.
When they surface right next to the boat, they seem to wink and flash you that smile that says “Hey, come on, let’s play!”
On our smaller scale, members continued to sail forward, piling up proof there is only a cliff in the imagination. We know our earth is round. We reject any notion we are bad luck.
I looked up toward the stern and saw the coast. No! There was a beach and it was very close. I yelled, “Tack the boat NOW!” She did.
We joked about luckless people on land missing such such a fine day. An hour later when we started with an unusual easterly wind making for an almost unheard of spinnaker start…
“Why not offer AdventureSail girls a free junior membership?” The board agreed unanimously, any girl who participates in an AdventureSail will be offered a free membership.
We nicknamed our boat “Maytag One” because of the sloshing and extreme twisting belowdecks.