Winter Sailing on the Mersey ... 1/12/2019
Christmas, New Year, Winter... none an excuse not to be sailing, even in the UK!
Deciding not to slow down for a minute over these darker months, we have been busily carrying on with working on the boat, working at raising funds, and of course: sailing. Going out yesterday we had a great day of training to approach a mooring buoy in strong tides and cross winds, and all of this without use of the engine. It is always interesting to watch people learning just how powerful the tide can be around the UK, and to see it in action.
Yesterday was a spring tide (highest high tide and lowest low tide) so they were very strong indeed, so no surprise there. What was a surprise however was the weather. After a brief gust the wind settled down gently and so did the sea, and out came glorious sunshine for most of the day! It wasn't quite Greece but it certainly made us all feel that it was worth the effort to come out. We sailed around quite happily for a few hours while the tide allowed us before returning to the marina and our snug berth. Was it eventful? No. Did it need to be? No.
Actually it still surprises me how little it takes to move people to a place outside of their normality. When we set up Shadow Wind CIC I had planned all sorts of adventures to take people to what I considered to be out of their normal environment, but I needn't have worried. I have now seen how many people feel it is an adventure simply coming to the marina and being on the boat, let alone go out to sea. I have taken people out who have lived in Liverpool all of their life but never seen all of the docks and the city from this perspective. And here I have also seen the response to people becoming a part of something that has given them a different inner perspective too.
Thus there is no such thing as 'just a day on the river', or 'a jolly to the nearest port', or even 'a little practice in the marina'. Now everything we do is an adventure because it involves old and new friends, people from very different backgrounds, different stories, and of course nature itself never allows any two days to be the same anyway.
It would be safe to say then that on this boat we are all looking for adventure. We are all looking out for one another. And we are all committed to a better way of life than what was handed out to us. And here's to no excuses for anything less.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness... Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime".