I’ve been led to believe that you have to go through a period of suffering before you can truly experience happiness. The rut that I found myself in last fall has made me acutely aware of how wonderful life is. I wake up each morning and identify something I’m grateful for, one time I couldn’t see because it was still dark- I was so happy for my eye sight and paid careful attention to observe everything closely that day.
This winter I’ve lived between St. Pete and Miami, flying drones for some insanely brilliant coaches- trying to be a human sponge and absorb as much as my brain would allow. My sailing has been limited: a few days on an M32, the Islands Race on a Mills 68 (story below), and getting back into the 470- my true love! Aside from diving into the coaching aspect of the sport, I’ve opened a new chapter with my health by seeing a holistic doctor. She’s taught me about managing PH levels in order to absorb certain nutrients, and eating the foods beneficial for my blood type, do you know yours?
Here is a short description from the race from Long Beach to San Diego:
It’s 1.30 am, I just came on deck after partially snoozing for 2 hours and then packing the kite that just came down. Once my eyes adjust and I get a sense of my surroundings, Tim hands me the spinnaker sheet, “ you know what you’re doing, here you go”. It’s dark, no moon but wow an insane amount of stars. I feel the sheet around the drum, three wraps. Test the load, and look up. Marty driving and Dave behind me on the main. I immediately find the rhythm of the relatively flat 8-12 knot conditions. Up one, trim one, hold angle, and back down. Ease sheet, find the curl, dancing on the edge of easing without losing the kite- I better not loose the kite! I see a streak of green light out of the corner of my eye, bioluminescence, hear dolphins, check our numbers, ease again. This continues, a quiet communication between driver, grinder and I with the confidence of Dave on the main verifying my comms. Take a deep breath and enjoy the silence. Sail change to the zero, lock off spin sheet, transfer sheets, overhaul new sheet in the dark, calm fast pulls, ease spinnaker sheet, trim new sheet, find new angle. Sit down, look up, feel, see, are we on target? I could do this for hours. A beautiful boat to sail!
I’m currently reading Hotel Scarface, committed to gaining muscle and mobility, and enjoying the Miami springtime 🙂 Happy Trails.