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.
A Blue Water Adventure
By Betty Timms
My friend, Mike Luciani, invited me to go on a
sailing passage from Trinidad to Ft. Lauderdale
this past April. We had both lost our respective
island homes to Ivan and knew itwas time to get
away from the RV and rental house. However, when I
accepted the invitation I was clueless as to the
adventure that lay ahead.
As I thought about the trip there were days when I
wondered what I had gotten myself into! First, I
was going to sail 1600 nautical miles with Mike
and four other men I had never seen before. And
second, I was actually expected to use a sextant
on a pitching boat, complete a sight reduction and
plot my location in the middle of the Caribbean.
What was I thinking to sign up for this?
In preparation for our trip, we took Jeff
Schroeder's PBYC celestial navigation class. It
was hard, but I was determined to learn to
navigate by the stars. Jeff was patient and our
practices at the beach, on solid concrete, gave me
At last our adventure began. After sight seeing in
Tobago for a couple of days, we left Trinidad on
board a 47ft. Kaufman, skippered and owned by
world class sailor and author, John Kretschmer.
While preparing for the cruise I came across an
anonymous quote: "You cannot discover new oceans
unless you have the courage to lose sight of the
shore". So on April 10, 2005, we lost sight of the
shore and didn't see land again for seven days. We
experienced wonderful roller coaster rides on the
bow during mountainous swells, night watches under
the magical blanket of the Caribbean stars, flying
fish and maneuvering through the coral reefs of
Rum Cay. I was in love with cruising the open sea.
The challenge of celestial navigation was equally
exciting. We took morning, noon and evening sights
almost every day. After taking my first sun
sights, completing my sight reductions and
plotting our coordinates, I was only four miles
off on my latitude and 1 mile off on the longitude
when compared to the GPS. (A big thank-you to
Jeff.) I was hooked.
I will never forget this trip or my new friends.
So ladies, I strongly encourage you to conquer
your fears and go "Blue Water" sailing. Don't let
the men have all of the fun.
Oh, I almost forgot, the green flash. Does it
really exist? Go see for yourself.
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