Sailing Vocabulary in Practice

It was a warm day for sailing, temperature in the 70’s, with a cool, 10 knot, east wind carrying us down the coast of the Berry Islands. It was one of those days when long sleeves are just a tad too warm but short sleeves provoke goosebumps. Deciding that it wasn’t actually cold and thank goodness not snowing, I opted to wear shorts along with short sleeves to finally get some sun (sunscreen of course) on my pasty, northern legs. Ok, suck it up when the wind blows and let those goosebumps do what they will. It’s worth it for a bit of bronzing!

I’d finally situated myself in a comfy spot on the starboard side next to the main hatch. Facing the cockpit, I leaned my back against the solar panel frame and stretched out my legs placing my heels onto the toe rail. Full sun exposure! Brian was observing my basking from the helm and noted, “your goosebumps can’t decide whether to come out or not.”

I looked down at my legs, thought for a moment, then cooly replied to Brian. “Well, looks right to me. The windward side is cold but the leeward side is warm.” Sure enough the right side of both legs had goosebumps and the left side had none. “Oh, so you do know what those terms mean,” Brian replied with a grin.

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