Quote of the Month

"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1954.

“We must change our attitudes toward the ocean. We must regard it as no longer a mystery, a menace, something so vast and invulnerable that we need not concern ourselves with it … Instead we want to explore the themes of the ocean’s existence—how it moves and breathes, how it experiences dramas and seasons, how it nourishes its hosts of living things, how it harmonizes the physical and biological rhythms of the whole earth, what hurts it and what feeds it—not least of all, what are its stories.” Jacques Yves Cousteau, 1910-1997.

"It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head." Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, 1894.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sailing with mainsail only

We went sailing yesterday, Feb. 13, for a couple of hours at around 10:30 am. The crew was Wil (at helm in top picture), Jorge (bottom pic), and myself (photographer). We stayed close to Isleta Marina because of our handicap, no jib. 
The wind was from the east and fluctuating, 13-15 knots, a little choppy. It was hazy and clouded to the east. We sailed with only the mainsail because I'm waiting for a rigger to help me replace a cracked plastic piece on the mast top that helps to furl the jib. I've been waiting for a rigger since before Christmas. Riggers are in demand in Puerto Rico.  We had a great sail and reached up to 4 knots speed, even with our jib missing.