Sailing was meant to be done barefoot.
Up until this weekend, I’ve had to keep my shoes on – just a bit too chilly for these dogs.
But today, despite the drizzle, marked the first barefoot cruise of the season.
Let there be many more.
And what a delight too – just a mile or so off Fisherman’s Cove we encountered a sea lion, then a mile later, a pair of Dall’s Porpoise circled the boat a couple of time before disappearing into the flooding tide. I gybed around to see if we could encourage them to play in Madsu’s bow wave, but I think we were probably going to slow for them. By the time I thought to get my camera out, they were gone, but their visit was a delight.
I take it as a good omen for the sailing season.
Had a lovely day out on the water – missed the sun earlier in the day but it didn’t really matter. A light northerly outflow from Howe Sound made for a leisurely pace – just a few other sailboats out in the sound enjoying the day.
Heading dead down for a bit on my way back to Fisherman’s Cove after beating up the sound for a ways.