Friday, November 23, 2012

Flat calm

Flat calmLast Sunday there was no significant wind about. The picture shows the Solent had just the tiniest dimples in the water, not even any ripples or waves about.

With no wind, of course, we had to motor all the way back from Bembridge.

I know this sailing lark is not for everyone, but I cannot adequately describe that feeling of tranquility that descends on Arctic Rose as soon as the engine is shut off and the wind takes over.

I think it's something to do with harnessing the power of nature, as mankind has done for hundreds of years before, plus the fact that the boat is so much quieter under sail.

Obviously the calm atmosphere is somewhat reduced as the windspeed and waves pick up, but still.

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