WE did almost no sailing in July and August. It wasn’t just the utter and complete lack of wind on the glassy bay, the stifling 99 degree heat, or the hot water full of nasty, stinging, evil jellyfish. Oh, no. It was also the fact that after the multiple disasters of our July trip, from Pip’s smooshed hand to the hundreds of dollars spent on a tow and haul and subsequent packing gland problem (which sounds like a dread sexually transmitted disease), not to mention the fact that there was either no friggin’ wind or a gale blowing, we just kinda lost our sailing mojo. Actually, it was more like we developed a burning aversion to AllThingsBoat.
We did go out in late July and August. We just didn’t sail. We anchored, fished, grilled and swam, at least when the evil jellies weren’t too bad. I started to worry if we had burned out on sailing, a very scary thought when you consider that we’re planning to pack it all in someday and sail around the world.
Then, came September.
Oh, glorious Chesapeake Bay September with your bright blue skies, balmy temperatures and WIND. Ten to fifteen knots, steady. It felt glorious to sail, and even better to get our sailing mojo back.
So when yesterday dawned, crisp and sunny, we planned as usual to head out to the boat around eleven with a friend. Who cancelled. Which got me thinking, “Why, on God’s green earth, would I want to go sailing today, when I am AMAZINGLY hung over??” I then conducted an inner tug-of-war:
“But it’s gorgeous, and sailing is fun!”
“Yeah, and you feel like someone’s stirring muriatic acid in your stomach and your head is throbbing from mixing champagne and French 75 cocktails last night, you dumbass!” (Albeit a dumbass with superb taste in alcohol.)
“But you won’t have much longer to sail; the boat is coming out of the water in a month, remember??”
“Gwaghhhh. Feel. Like. Death. Warmed. Over.”
Ultimately, two aspirin, lots of water and a long nap won out over sailing. But I am content in my knowledge that the mojo is BACK, and next weekend we’ll be headed out again.