Too much racing. That was I came away with after yesterday’s sail.
It’s all Jere Bott’s fault. He told Laura, who then told me, that he was thinking of going for a sale over Memorial Day weekend — Sunday specifically. So there we are Saturday afternoon at Tim & Hannah’s wedding with the Hobie crowd and the talk starts. Before we left the wedding we were on with 5-6 boats the next day!
We had picked the private beach in Normandy Park that John & Della Hoag have available. By the time we arrived Jere Bott was there with Jaedon and Kaya, Josh Markovich with Matt, JJ Hoag, and Al & Kaylie Jones. JJ & Kaylie kicked Al off the boat so he was wandering around looking for mischief. Then Martin & Daniel Hollinsworth pulled in with their boat for a last voyage before they head for England (sniff…sniff).
We rigged our boats, but the minus 3′ tide resulted in about a 1/2 mile trek down to the water. Before we launched Jennifer Olegario drove down from Seattle to see everyone. She didn’t even come to sail — just to socialize! Everyone was in a ‘social’ mood. Al had the canopy set up on the beach with some chairs and we parked our coolers under that and went for a sail.
The forecast was supposed to be 5-10k. Yawner. But when we got out in the Sound it was a perfect 10-15k northerly. With the flood on it was flat water and the five boats romped. Over to Vashon Island, back to 3 Tree Pt., back out in the middle. It was such a hoot. I had forgotten how much fun it can be to not race!!
By the time we got back to the beach the party had swelled. Carlissa Markovich, Bob Combie, and John & Della had all arrived to enjoy the day relaxing. As we were packing up after several hours of smiles John & Della invited the entire gang over to their house for dinner and an after party. It was the perfect finish to a perfect day. Eating tiramisu and watching the sunset over the Olympics from their house left an indelible memory!
After a raucous day like that you can expect more fun sails (like the sail/campout we are planning over to Blake Island). Can’t guarantee the wind and weather will always cooperate. But the comraderie and laughs will always be there. This group is something special!