Sailing Wonders (and Woes), Circa 2002

Given the touching and lively response to my post about sailing yesterday, I decided to provide a link here to some longer texts about sailing that I posted in a blog “lightandvariable” that I was doing a decade ago. It includes links to three “sailing journals” of our ill-fated attempt to “go South” again for a months’ long cruise from Maine to the Bahamas or the Gulf or the Keys…or somewhere in the sun. This was our middle boat–a C&C Landfall 35, 4 feet longer than the Southern Cross 31 that we sailed successfully south a decade before the attempt recorded in these old blog entries. Spoiler: after every sort of discouraging development, we jibed a quick U-turn in Rhode Island and zoomed back to Maine to take a slow 8,000 mile road trip to the West Coast. As Falstaff said in defense of his cowardice: “The better part of valor is discretion”…