Quetzal - Kaufman 47 "... Never lost, just hard to find ..."

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A Serious Ocean

You know it by the northern look of the shore,
by the salt-worried faces,
by an absence of trees, an abundance of lighthouses.
It's a serious ocean.

North Sea off Carnoustie by Anne Stevenson

Tomorrow will have an island
by William Stafford

Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.

Some time there will be a tomorrow without any island,
So far, I haven't let that happen, but after
I'm gone others may become faithless and careless.
Before them will tumble the wide unbroken sea,
and without any hope they will stare at the horizon.

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.

More Poetry...
Reflections on a Successful Passage

by Fran Jezisek


Fran took part in the March 2004 passage from Fort Lauderdale to San Salvador (and back).  This is an excerpt from a post-passage email from Fran to balance of the crew.  I think Fran captured the magic of this trip very succinctly.  JK

It was great sailing will you guys, I had an absolutely terrific week.

Some of the highlights that I took away from the trip to San Salvador:

  • The get acquainted BBQ on the dock
  • The detour to Miami
  • Carracci band entertaining until the wee hours of the morning
  • Taking on the additional duty of snore patrol to ensure I would get some sleep
  • Electrical shorts
  • Hoisting John K. up the mast
  • Catching the shark on the fishing line
  • John K. having to bleed the line from the diesel tank
  • Snapping pictures along the way
  • Gale force winds
  • 15-20 foot seas
  • Rotating 2-hour shifts
  • Heavy rains and storm squalls
  • The plastic on the starboard side blown out by a rogue wave
  • Charlie's vest inflating when the cockpit was swamped with a huge wave
  • 5 o'clock cocktails to revisit the daily events, share stories and relax when weather permitted
  • Running aground in the cut going into Riding Rock marina
  • Dinner at the 3 ships restaurant in San Salvador, without reservations
  • High seas delaying the departure by a day from San Salvador
  • Touring San Salvador with Snake Eye
  • Touring Club Med with John, taking pictures so we could prove we spent the week at the resort
  • Lunch in San Salvador, drinking the local beer, relaxing and enjoying the ocean view
  • Celestial Navigation and getting reacquainted with the constellations
  • Blowing out the mainsail not once but twice
  • John K. working hard to make the sail repairs
  • Sharing homemade cookies and treats and laughs along the way
  • Cozy dinners in the cockpit
  • Avoiding cargo ships with pitch black skies and high seas
  • Detangling the Genoa
  • John having to peel me off the helm to get his turn behind the wheel
  • John K. securing the emergency tiller only to see stars with the lazarette cover crashed down on his head
  • Returning to Fort Lauderdale Saturday afternoon only to face a malfunction with the bridge opening
  • Jumping off at the dock with Tom to catch a cab to the airport
  • Depart hugs from crew
  • A feeling of sadness when Quetzal (aka pretzel) backed away from the dock
  • The crew and Captain being tested constantly along the way but coming through it a stronger crew
  • Wonderful memories to look back on

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