I very nearly took a job on a calif schooner that takes kids out for a few weeks at a time. If the kids were disfunctional, I would have taken it because I want towards school counseling.
But instead I have been trying to get a job counseling teens, and it looks like I will be working in that field pretty soon.
It so happens the teen shelter that I will be working in is right next to the old canal that connected the Hudson River with Pennsylvania -- that was how the coal got to NYC during the city's first major growth spurt.
The Hudson is one of the premier rivers in the world, and unlike the rest -- Nile, Danube, Yangtzee, Amazon -- it ISNT MUDDY !!
I would so much like to get my zephyerous back in the drink again, but it may not happen till spring.
I just dug out a lot of negatives I took when I was really young, and a volunteer at the South Street Seaport Museum. I have been scanning a lot of them, but didnt get to the boat and ship pictures yet.
Some of them I took in "Whittes Graveyard" in Staten Island. It is a ship breaker that, when I was a child, had three layers of ships representing the three eras: sail, steam, and diesel.
For now I have some street photography up now: http://thinman.com/photography. It takes a while to load; I have to figure out some kind of new gallery.
We had a fabulous trip. There was a nice offshore around 20-25 knots, sailed around 30 miles and into anchor. The trees are starting to change colour and me without my camera!
We were ferried to shore by friends (I have a one person sit on top kayak which works well for me, but harder to work with friends) and went for a hike up the top of the cliffs (picking up smashed beer bottles and cans and chip bags) and again I wished that I had my camera. My "imp" looked small in comparison to my friends, a 28, 30 and 35 footers, but the view was still amazing.
In warmer times we could have swum.
Sunday afternoon we sailed off the anchor and out into the bay, where the larger boats teased me and left me in their wakes. I was cruising along for the most part at close to max hull speed of 6 knots, which is, I guess, too slow for my other friends.
The new sailors were very comfortable with the speeds and had a wonderful afternoon. They got their first sailing lessons and are looking forward to meeting me on the bay next summer.
With a nice wind today, I think I'll head out for a short sail, which I can do because I am a supply teacher (I think you call them substitutes States side) and I didn't get called this morning.
I hope this group will help me plan for a longer, greener sailing trip.
By sailing for most of the time, and using my sails (I have a 150% and a 100% headsail) to the best of my ability, I've only been becalmed for about 7 hours this summer and used about 10 litres of gasoline. I'd like to keep that in proportion for my longer season next year. I hope to be a supply teacher for a couple of years, which means no prep work in the summer and more sailing hours. I'm taking my extra courses over the winter rather than the summer for this reason.
I could keep going on, but I hope to get to know you all really well over the slow season, and exchange tips!
Nice Boat. Where do you park her in the off season?
I used to live in Rockport, MA and sailed with folks in the Sandy Bay Yacht Club (Rhodes 19's). Now I live in the Chesapeake Bay region, and am a member of the NIH Sailing Assoc., which has five Flying Scots that they keep near Annapolis.
I live two hours from the water, and have only made it out once this year, and the season is almost over.