Monday, June 30, 2008

Sailing Trip

The sailing trip was more eventful than we anticipated. The evening before, we had a bon voyage seafood fest with Piglet, involving shucking and consumption of many oysters. We thought we were off to a pretty good start. The first day on the boat was a sunny and bright motor sail up the Sound, ending with a nice evening swimming in the Pensacola Yacht Club pool and eating at their 100-year-old restaurant. On the second day, we sailed around Escambia Bay and dinghyed (verb?) over to Fort Pickens. The fort used to be a big tourist attraction but has been closed for several years due to damage from Hurricane Ivan. It felt a bit post-apocalyptic (adjective?) to explore in isolation. Everything seemed to be going as planned...

The excitement began the evening of the second day. What started as our evening entertainment in a lightning show turned into 1.5 days of intermittent storms. In a 10-minute period, we'd go from swimming behind the boat to battening down the hatches, and this transition happened again and again and again. At one point, in the dark, the boat began spinning in a circle, and dad pointed aft with a horrified, "The dinghy is above the boat!" We are still debating whether we were passed over by a waterspout. Anyway, all's well that end's well.

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