We’ve Been Having Fun all Summer Long!

We’ve had a lot of fun over the past few months…Catalina, San Diego, Caribbean, Ohio,and Michigan, and of course, here at home. Check out some of the sights here:



This week’s photo challenge is titled “sea.” Following are my visions of the sea. These photos were taken from land, sea, and sky! I hope they’ll inspire you to come sailing with us so you, too, can enjoy the sea!

Lost in the Details


The first thing you see in this picture are four coils on a boat’s deck. They’re called Flemish coils, and many sailors use them to tidy the ship because a coil promotes quick, even drying and prevents kinking. Look at the detail…then look up. Can you tell me the city whose skyline is lost in the details?

As a matter of humorous education, here’s a little ditty written by Lt/C Barry Briggs, S, of the Durham (NC) Power Squadron, which was published in the August 1999 edition of the National Power Squadron magazine, Ensign.

Ode to Rope
As I cast off for that very first time,
The “rope” in my hand has now become “line”.
And hauling the sails to the top of the mast,
That “rope”, now a “halyard” holds strong, taught and fast.
Then sailing in brisk winds full force on a beat.
The sails are trimmed in by that “rope” that’s a “sheet”.
And now at my anchorage with sails safely stowed,
I trust in that “rope” that now serves as a “rode”.
Through all my life I will never lose hope,
Of a reason or time to play with a rope.

-Lt/C Barry Briggs

It’s hard to explain all the terms for “rope” on a boat any better than that!