Normally cyclists in Seattle celebrate this weekend by taking the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, riding around it in a loop known as Chilly Hilly, and then coming home. For the last 7 years I’ve taken part in an alternative event called the FHR with my friends at .83, though I do my own variation by exploring the dirt trails in the middle of the island and then meeting up for the after party.
This year I’ve been excited about sailing and decided to sail there instead, arriving in time for the FHR party. Raz, Andrew, Tatiana, and Theo met me at the marina and we headed out around 9:30am. Winds were forecast to be high, starting around 20 knots (that’s about 24mph or 38kph) and building up as high as 30 knots. I haven’t done a lot of sailing in this much wind, especially on my new boat Elena, a Pearson 28-2. Razi (who has a lot of sailing experience) took the helm as we tacked our way south along Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. We got to the party around noon, just in time to discover that there was no more chili, but got to say hi to all of our friends and meet up with another few who sailed there too.
After a beer on the dock and some sailor chat the sailors jumped on their boats and headed back to Shilshole. This time the wind was at our backs and the trip back was fast and comfortable. For about half of it we had Jackie, a friend’s Yankee 30 sailboat, just 50′ or so off to starboard. Close enough that we could shout across to each other and get some fun photos and videos. I was nervous about docking in this much wind, but slid the boat back into it’s berth nicely.
It’s probably obvious to most of my blog readers that I haven’t had much cycling content recently. I’m still really interested in cycling and building bicycles, but the reality is that in the last year I’ve spent a lot more time sailing and working on boats. Today’s sailing instead of cycling reinforced that. I have big plans for this summer involving sailing (and some cycling), and do expect something of a shift back towards cycling and building bicycles on this blog in the fall.
In the meantime stay tuned for a little bit of sailing and a little bit of cycling and not much framebuilding.