Sunday, July 2, 2006

If you can't beat 'em...

Tonight begins my week-long venture into fear-conquering. You may recall back in January I mentioned my terrible fear of sailing, and my commitment to conquering it. On January 1st at 8am, as soon as they opened registration for this year, I signed up for a week-long sailing intensive at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin (a nearby town that was home to E.B. White for many years).

Well, that class begins tonight. I am excited and terrified and not yet able to let go of all the earthly things I needed to get done before abandoning myself to another world for a week.

Household logistics required that I rent a car so I can easily get to and from class. (It begins at the buttcrack of dawn and ends either when the sun goes down or people are too exhausted to continue, and Brooklin is about 30 minutes from me.) So today I went to Bar Harbor to pick up the car. I reserved a tiny Hyundai, but when I got there, this is what they had left for me:

A gargantuan, bright-red SUV with New Jersey plates.

A Ford Expedition, to be exact. My apologies to anyone who drives a gargantuan SUV, but as someone who drives a small car, it really is a shock to suddenly find yourself at the helm of the U.S.S. Enormous.

And my apologies to anyone from New Jersey, which is a perfectly fine place. But in this particular instance, in this locale and at this time of year, I am literally cloaking myself in the garb of the enemy. I know I'll let it go, but right now I'm thinking of taping a sign to the back window that reads, "It's a rental."

The wet nature of ocean navigation will most likely prohibit the taking of abundant photographs over the next week, but I do promise a full report when I get back. Until then, I hope you are all safe, well, and enjoying some sort of holiday weekend.


rho said...

You will like sailing after the first hour or so -- and you will like being high above the world in the car by the end of the week too - now the NJ part I can't help with LOL But I do understand living in a tourist area also and I would consider the sign also hehehe

Roo-Bee-Faye said...

Never gone sailing before. Where I come from, people canoe or kayak, not much sailing on lakes in northern Wisconsin. We would definitely put signs over the (cough, cough) Minnesota plates if we were indeed not from there and instead from fabulous Wisconsin. Sorry to all you Minnesotans, as long as you own property on your own 10,000 lakes! ;) Good luck, Clara, I'm sure you'll be fine!

Bess said...

"Ha Ha - Glad it's you and not me" sayith the Boat Bimbo. And it ain't got nothin' to do with fear. Not for me a hobby that rips my cuticles or barks my shin.

Giggling at ya, babe. You really will have a grand time. Promise. BD assures me so.

Martha said...

Sweet Missy Clara,
In my best Bugs Bunny voice, let me wish you a "Bon voyagee!"
Look forward to all the juicy details.

Warrior Knitter said...

I've been sailing for years. We've got a 23' boat I can single hand on the inland lake about 10 minutes from our house. If you have any ?? I'd be glad to help.

I used to sell sailboats & teach the new sailors how to sail.

This is the 1st thing I would tell the fearful new sailor. When you feel the boat start to tip beyond your comfort level, grab that mainsheet & let it out, a lot. The boat will immediately slow down & stop heeling. If you're not comfortable on the water, wear a good fitting life vest.

When we got our 1st boat I was terrified of heeling (the boat tipping). After I learned how to control the boat (steer, handlle the sails) I preferred to sail as heeled over as we could get.

So, I've been there. And now I love dealing with more sticks & string!

What kind of boat are you learning how to sail on?

Again, anything I can do to help because sailing is really a lot of fun.

Amie said...

Some of my favorite family members are sailors...

I'm not sure the sign would help, but I wish you luck nonetheless...