Sailboats on blue water

This week’s Friendly Friday challenge theme is ‘Nostalgia.’ See more responses here.

I wasn’t sure I’d have anything for this theme, but this photo does make me somewhat nostalgic for my sailing days. I liked making passages and being out of sight of land, as opposed to sailing in a bay. I enjoyed watchkeeping, navigation, and my world being simplified to boat, water and sky. I saw more in that reduced world than in my usual busy life. Standing night watches, I didn’t just register the dawn. I noticed a glimmer in the east slowly transition to pre-dawn, and then an almost blinding sunrise. The sight of a bird was an event. There were days of no wind when the ocean was glass and it was hard to believe that the nearest solid surface was thousands of feet below.

Now, had I found a photo with a small boat being lashed by waves on a whitecap-riven ocean, my nostalgia would be less pronounced. One trip, I took a photo of the couple I was sailing with. They were on deck, hunched in foul-weather gear, as water sprayed across the deck, looking exactly as that sounds. These moments are inescapable when sailing longer distances. When I was younger, the discomfort was worth the rewards. Now, I don’t look at it the same way. But looking at this photo, it’s easy to imagine how it could be on that perfect trip no one ever experiences.

Also posted in response to Becky’s July Squares challenge theme of ‘Perspective.’ See more responses here.

13 thoughts on “Sailboats on blue water

  1. naturebackin

    Really good descriptions of what you notice when out at sea. Helped me better understand the appeal – the call of the sea – as I have never been drawn to go right out to sea in a sailing boat. In the opposite of nostalgia, I tend to be more mindful of imagining the potential possibilities that sailors like to forget! I like the photo too – the colours of the sea and the boats looking somehow cute.

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    1. Graham Post author

      Well, I’m aware of those more unfortunate possibilities, but I don’t tend to dwell on them. If I did, I’d almost certainly never get behind the wheel of a car again!

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      1. naturebackin

        True what you say! I realize that not wanting to go out to sea is somewhat irrational given that I travel in a car on the roads, which is statistically so much more dangerous. Maybe the real reason is that when I do go out in boat I get helplessly seasick 😏

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        1. Graham Post author

          Ah, now seasickness is a whole other matter. I rarely got it, but the first guy I went ocean sailing with always got sick, as did his wife and daughter. Sometimes it took four or five days before they were fully over it. Still, he and his daughter just loved being out on the ocean. Not sure his wife was quite as enthusiastic!

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          1. naturebackin

            I also know people who persevere with seasickness, including scuba divers, but I don’t have that tenacity, and water is not my ‘natural’ element – although I appreciate it I do not feel as relaxed about it as others do. But I do have some amazing memories of being in the water snorkeling both in the sea and in Lake Malawi, and I always enjoy seeing your underwater photos.

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            1. Graham Post author

              I’ve almost always lived close to the ocean, so that reflects something, but if I had to choose between getting in the water and hiking, I think the latter would win out. Mind you, this morning I saw an eagle ray and a shark so that was very cool.

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    1. Graham Post author

      There’s a photo here that I’ve been wanting to shoot for a while after I saw a large sailboat in the lighter blue water with the sun hitting the area just so. This is as close as I’ve got, but not anywhere near what I saw that day. There’s a lot of variables, which I might not ever see again.

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