Sometimes it takes a day or two to process this stuff…

I wrote the story below  yesterday to my friend Dean moments after coming back to my home on the Rebel Marina aboard the Sailing Vessel Itinerant… I mutated the story a bit (like I do) but believe me, the facts are all there! Anyway here it is… I delivered a boat to a marina today for a haul out and got deeply humbled by the weather AGAIN!!! She’s  a little S2, 24 foot racing sailboat with no memorable name, “South Wind” or “Weekend Wife” or some shit  and we, meaning, me and the guy I’m replacing at my new job, got our asses handed to us on a paper plate! < "Here, here's your ass, now go over to that corner for a spell and think about how you'd do it differently"> With about 14 long tacks through the bay we flew a 150% Genoa off the fore-deck with the main all the way up, clipping along at a little over 6 knots  for most of the day. Although it was really intense looking in the sky the wind and weather were lined up for perfect sailing from Long Bay Point in Virginia Beach Virginia (N 38 degrees 54′.15 W76 degrees 04’25.47)  for the first 6 hours. After all that time of what seemed liked no more then a few moments of absolute perfect sailing we approached land  and our speed increased to 8 knots on a highly stretched broad reach. At that point I decided to start the “‘Ol Iron Jib” and round her up into the wind to down sails. Out of no where, and I do mean right (the fuck) now, we got hit by a squall packing about 35 knots of wind with stinging raindrops the size of quarters! As we rounded up into the waves[…]

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…Ok, So I’m not an art dealer!

Once again I gave it my all and once again I could not make it happen with the tools at hand. And really that’s all’s to be said about my Virginia art debacle! …When ever I come back to the docks to clear my head of a bad art-exsperience I get paid back ten fold in return! Spending a few days on S/V Itinerant’s main saloon put my head in the right place to interview with what seems to be a very cool company that says their “about” customer service… I remember Dan Milman saying something like, (in “Way of the Peaceful Worior”), there is nothing more gratifying to a human then the service to ones own species, perhaps he’s right. I am the new “Sailing instructor” for the “Carefree Boat Club” in the Salt Ponds Marina and Resort in Hampton Virginia. (Ok so, it’s still a little weird to say Virginia as opposed to Trivandrum, Kerala, India…) …I like being on the docks, I like the people, the dogs, the million dollar view, it works for me. I mean really, getting paid to sail and take pictures of it is about as successful as it gets for me. So, once again, Dena and I sail into a port and score some great stories and some spectacular images to pass on, here’s the best part, it’s all so… Itinerant!

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