Afternoon Delight

26 Sep

Each spring we help my Mom and Dad put in their Catalina sailboat in the lake for the season and then in the fall we reverse the process.

Life has been full the past few years so we haven’t had time to actually go for a sailboat ride during the summer, just partake in the launching process.

This spring we vowed that this summer would be different we would actually go for a ride on the boat. Several years ago we went for a ride on Dad’s last sailboat, a catamaran. It was a beautiful Fourth of July weekend. We turtled the boat and ended up spending a bit of time floating in the lake with lots of boats zipping around us until another boat stopped to help us. We formulated a plan to upright the boat and were on our way again. I was hoping we wouldn’t have a repeat of the previous experience.

Summer has come and gone here in Minnesota and no sailboat ride until yesterday. While at a birthday party for my sister on Saturday evening my husband made plans with my Dad for our sailboat ride. Yesterday afternoon after church we headed over to Mom and Dad’s for our ride. It was just a quick ten minute ride to their home.

When we arrived Mom was already had treats ready for our ride, a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers. We walked down to the dock and started getting ready for the ride. we motored away from the dock and about a hundred feet from shore and Dad started putting up the sails. First the main sail then the jib and we were off.

We tacked back and forth across the lake with the sails full under clear blue skies. It was a perfect not too windy day. We could see seagulls gathered on the lake as well as the loons as we sailed with fishing boats here and there.

The afternoon brought back many wonderful memories of Dad at the helm and family times spent together on the boat.


Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Fall, Family, Photography, Sailing


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20 responses to “Afternoon Delight

  1. nrhatch

    September 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Yay! And that first photo is PERFECT!!! Thanks, Jeanne.

    • flyinggma

      September 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Nancy! My only regret is that I couldn’t get some full shots of the boat while on the boat. I should have had them drop me off on the dock to take some pictures with the sails set.

  2. tedgriffith

    September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Looks like a lot of fun! 🙂

    • flyinggma

      September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

      It was a great afternoon. Dad has owned one kind of a sailboat or another for the past 27 or so years. This is by far the biggest but the catamaran was the wildest. I took more unintended trips into the lake off of that boat.

  3. dhphotosite

    September 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Sounds to me like a perfect day!!!

    • flyinggma

      September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

      It was a perfect day especially since we finally took some time to spend with Mom and Dad. We often take them for granted because they live so close.

  4. Meanderer

    September 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time on a beautiful day. I love the composition in the first image which has a lovely invigorating feel to it!

    • flyinggma

      September 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

      It is definitely invigorating. Out on the open water with the wind blowing and the waves crashing. When we come in from sailing I am usually ready for a nap.

  5. Christine Grote

    September 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    It looks like so much fun. Glad you had a day to feed your memories.

    • flyinggma

      September 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      It was fun. When I was young my Dad knocked me and my two sisters backwards off the boat with the boom into freezing cold water on our first time out in the spring.

  6. Booksphotographsandartwork

    September 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    So much fun! Glad you didn’t turn over this time.

    • flyinggma

      September 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

      Me too! I was a little worried that 4th of July when boats were zipping around us while we were in the water.

  7. pattisj

    September 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I’m glad you got the ride in this year, Jeanne. Looks like you had perfect weather for it.

    • flyinggma

      September 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      The weather was great and the company perfect!

  8. Thomas Stazyk

    September 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Looks like a perfect day! BTW what is the solar panel on the boat used for?

  9. flyinggma

    September 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

    It was a beautiful day Thomas. The solar panel is used for charging the batteries for the electrical equipment on board like the radio and lighting. I failed to mention that the whole time we were sailing Dad had the radio tuned into classical music and played it loudly.

  10. pearlsandprose

    September 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful shots, Jeanne! What a wonderful way to spend the day. I haven’t been sailing in years, but love it.

    • flyinggma

      September 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks Carole. We should have gone a bit sooner so there would be more options for sailing. We will help take the boat out in two short weeks.

  11. harrisonjones

    September 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Now that looks like fun!


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