I’ll never forget when I visited Seattle for the first time (mind you, this was after I had already agreed to move here!?) and saw a large ocean freighter in a one of the ports with the words “Pacific Rim” marked on the outside. In that moment, I realized #1 just how far from home I had come and #2 this place is really truly so much about the water. Seattle is an absolute haven for boating and water is all around us.
Whether it be sailing, shipping, fishing, kayaking, ferry boat riding, house boat living–the list goes on and on. So when the opportunity presented itself for our seven- year-old to go to to “Sailing Camp” we seized it, as a matter of, well, practicality.
Camp was held at the lovely, Seattle Yacht Club, or SYC as some Seattle-ites call it.
This is what I mean about my kids teaching me something (actually, it’s happening more and more these days!) When I was a kid, we had a “Sunfish” sailboat. My most vivid memory of being on this boat was intentionally capsizing it in the waters of Shawnee Mission Park Lake. Sorry Dad. While it was fun, I hate to say, I don’t recall many of the other technicalities to sailing.
Thank heavens for this Little Luffer who will know what “beating to windward” and “jibbing” and “eye of the wind”(doesn’t this remind you of that scene from Wedding Crashers on the sailboat?) mean…though I am learning!
Here’s to learning new things–for young and old(er) alike.
The winds of grace are always blowing; all we need to do is raise our sails.