The Team   6 comments

Lee and I make such a great team.


We certainly have our moments, as a couple, when communication breaks down and things get rough. That never seems to happen when we’re sailing. I don’t know if we’re just lucky or if spending a large part of our formative years together on the boat has made us work together by necessity.

Whenever we’re getting Pirat ready to sail, anchoring in a new harbor, or tying in a reef, I feel like I’m part of a precise and coordinated unit. Lee hauls one thing. I release another. He readies the anchor while I pick out a spot from the helm. We each recognize the other’s special skills. I know that Lee has the finesse to nestle the anchor into the perfect bed of sand and he knows that I can maneuver Pirat under sail like I would a dinghy on a starting line.

Sailing in and out of anchor, something we’ve been doing more and more recently, is so satisfying and so much fun because Lee and I seem to pull it off so well together. Things do occasionally go wrong and I’m sure they will go more wrong some day. For now, though, I can’t help but love sailing the boat up to the perfect spot as Lee signals from the bow, slowing and stopping into the wind, and then sliding backwards when Lee has the anchor where he wants it.

It’s too bad Salinas wasn’t one of those harbors we can sail into. The wind was dead and the heat and humidity were stifling when we pulled in here this afternoon. It was eerily silent and calm in the harbor crowded with semi-derelict sailboats. We didn’t waste much time going ashore to find internet once we were anchored. Now this air-conditioned bakery with free wifi feels pretty nice and I’m not sure I want to leave.

Posted May 12, 2011 by Rachel in Uncategorized

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