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Steve LavenderLeadline, Leadline Club News

Journal Entry: Feb. 26

Saturday’s therapy session was delightful!  While the forecast was suggesting rain, we didn’t encounter any precipitation till well after beer o’clock.   We were also anticipating that the breeze would build during the afternoon as the big winds were supposed to reach us that evening.  That really didn’t happen, so we enjoyed a 50 degree day and a shifty ESE breeze in the 5 to 8 mph range.    Dave and Stephanie ran 7 races for us that included many position changes and very close finishes.

It’s looking like this week’s therapy session will again have to be on Saturday as Sunday looks a bit on the frigid side.  Isn’t there something about March coming in like a lion….   Please RSVP for Saturday so we know we have the requisite number of participants.   As of now, the plan is to sail at the NORMAL time (Rig at 1, Race by 2).

But I will say it was great to get my Ol’ 515 (my laser number) back on the water after a 6 week hiatus.  Made me think of an old Eagle’s tune Ol’ 55.

Ol’ 5-1-5

Well it warmed up so quickly

I rigged lickety-splickly, launching my old 5-1-5

As I sailed away slowly, feeling so holy

God knows, I was feeling alive

And now the breeze is coming up

I’m sailing with Lady Luck, the shifts make it tough

Breeze beginning to fade, can I lead the parade?

Just a-wishing I’d stayed  right a little longer

Lord, let me tell you the feeling’s getting stronger

Now A 20 degree lefty, struck me so deftly

Things were now going my way

The fleet is all under me

This shift’s really helpin’ me

I’m fallin’ into first place

And now the breeze is coming up

I’m sailing with Lady Luck, the shifts make it tough

Breeze beginning to fade, now I lead the parade

Next  beat I am stayin’ right a little longer

Lord, let me tell you the feeling’s getting stronger

Well February went quickly

It passed lickety-splickly, too cold for my old 5-1-5

While the month warmed up slowly, we’re feeling so holy

God knows, we’re feeling alive

And now the breeze is coming up, yes it is

I’m sailing with Lady Luck

The shifts make it tough

The shifts make it tough

Sailing’ with Lady Luck

The shifts make it tough

Sailing with Lady Luck

The shifts make it tough

Sailing with Lady Luck

Journal Entry: Feb. 15

It looks like the ice will remain in place through the weekend.   Even though it’s been warm the last 48 hours, my views of Antrim Lake (my surrogate Hoover assessment) suggest the ice will not be dissipating by Sunday, which is frustrating as the temperature and wind speed conditions fit the formula.   Hence, the lyrics inspired by Judy Collins who famously sang and Joni Mitchel who wrote Both Sides Now…

Cooling drinks on summer days

And skating  rinks that let us play

And  Hoover’s frozen everywhere

I’ve looked at ice that way

But now it only blocks our fun

There’s no sailing for anyone

So much sailing we could have done

But ice got in our way.

I’ve looked at ice from both sides now

From drinks to rinks and still somehow

It’s ice frustration I recall

I really don’t like ice, at all.

Wind and waves gives us our zeal

Our sailing helps the way we feel

It’s our therapy that helps us deal

Till the ices gets in our way

But now it’s just another day

Where there’s ice that’s in our way

We want to get our boats and go

And  be looking for the wind to blow

I’ve looked at ice from both sides now

From drinks to rinks and still somehow

It’s ice frustration I recall

I really don’t like ice, at all.

Beats and runs with the crowd

To say “hey starboard” right out loud

Using tactics that make us proud

We’ve looked at races that way

But now our friends are acting strange

They shake their heads, they say we’ve changed

Well something’s lost, we’re feeling pained

Without our sailing day

I’ve looked at ice from both sides now

From drinks to rinks and still somehow

It’s ice frustration I recall

I really don’t like ice, at all.

If this isn’t enough, I would suggest you turn to page 6 of your hymnal, as we sing “On the pond again”.

On the bright side, the cold temperatures should facilitate snow making at the local ski venues.  Perhaps I’ll see you at Snow Trails on Sunday evening.

When you’re ready were there for you! Reach out to the S.A.i.L. Counselor at lavender.1@osu.edu