Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fall is upon us already

Matt, Kelley, Brenda, Lilly


The summer has breezed by and we are amazed that fall is upon us. Although we love fall sailing it is hard to acknowledge that another nasty winter is right around the corner. We have had a wonderful summer of sailing aboard Plan B with family, friends and of course our son's new puppy Libby. We made a great decision in renting a slip for the summer as it allowed us to sail a lot without all the work associated with trailering each sail.

We look forward to many fall sails on Lake Mendota with the Wisconsin Badgers or Green Bay Packer's game playing on the radio. The smell of campfires along Picnic Point, beautiful fall colors along the shoreline, dinners on State Street and the pure joy of a good sail await us.

On Tuesday we had our first fall sail of the season. We met at the slip immediately after work with the sun shining and a gentle 7-9 knot wind blowing. The old Johnson purred as we motored out the channel toward the lake with big grins on our faces. Motor off. Sails up. Yes!


The weather was so good we quickly changed into swimsuits to enjoy the warm fall sunshine. The O'Day gently heeled over and the waves were just big enough to produce their music on the sides of the hull. This is what sailing is all about. We tacked into the wind with the intention of finishing the day going wing and wing all the way back across the lake as the sun and temperatures were slowly sinking. We rigged up the preventer on the main and put out the whisker pole on the jib. With soft music playing and the sun setting behind us we had one of our all time favorite sails.

So bring on fall, we are ready.


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