Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Key West, FL - Come Sail Away
I've never been much of a sailor. So it was with some trepidation that I found myself signed up for a sail on one of my trips to the Florida Keys. We were set to sail with the crew of the Adirondack out of the Key West Bight. I can fit what I know about boats on a matchbook cover, but, I do know that this boat had two masts and a bunch of sails. Watching the canvas sails snapping in the breeze made me think of the romance of crossing the seas on a big sailing ship. But only for a minute. Let's face it, the calm of the harbor is nothing, I'm sure, like the feat of an open ocean voyage.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the water appeared calm. Lucky me. Years ago, on another boat outing in Key West, I wasn't so lucky. That boat ride is what put me off of being on the water. But, with assurances from many people who know about these things, I was willing to give it another try. I'm so glad that I did. The sailing was so much fun.
We were a very small group so we had time to talk to the captain and crew and to get a good idea of what is involved in sailing one of these schooners. I really can't recommend it highly enough. The view of the island from the water is beautiful.
Whether you sail with the Adirondack from Key West or another of these beautiful boats out of Newport, RI or New York, I'm sure you'll love it. If you're like me and have had less than enjoyable boating experiences, give this one a try. It was a great time, I'm glad I took the chance.