What a joy it was sailing on Chesapeake Bay with Captain Jen. I was in Annapolis, saw a flyer for Woodwind Schooners, called to sign up, and BOOM, was on the water later that afternoon.
Jen graciously gave me a go at the Woodwind II’s helm (yes, the same beautiful 74 foot schooner that was featured in the movie The Wedding Crashers.)
If you sail, you know what a visceral thrill it is when the sails fill with wind and the boat lifts, heels and digs in … all at the same time. It is - in a word - uplifting.
I was so happy, I found myself humming Christopher Croft’s “Sailing” and The Commodores “Sail On.”
Part of the lyrics are:
“It's not far back to sanity at least it's not for me And when the wind is right you can sail away and find serenity Oh the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see, believe me
Sailing, takes me away To where I've always heard it Just a dream and the wind to carry me Soon I will be free”
And the melody in “Sail On” is: “Good times never felt so good”
A new friend on the boat snapped this picture and said, “You were so obviously in your element. You were beaming.”
I laughed out loud and instantly realized what I was going to caption this photo.
“Om” is defined as a “cosmic sound,” a “divine affirmation,” the “essence of breath” and “with which one is liberated.”
Yes … that is what it’s like sailing on a perfect, sunny day ... alive, healthy, free and filled with gratitude.
How about you?
Do you sail? What are some of your favorite memories of sailing? What’s it mean to you? What do you do that fills you with OM - a "divine affirmation?"