As we sailed south last week in the rain, my wife and I reminisced about our three-year sojourn in the Pacific Northwest. Although we loved the area, the thought of moving there for retirement had raised some reservations: could we live with the perpetual wet weather? Could we conceive (again) of sailing in cool-to-cold wet weather? In the Northwest, if you aren’t committed to doing things in the cool and rain, you will do very little outside. Then I looked around me, and took note of the abominable weather in which we were sailing. We both caught the irony of the discussion and laughed out loud through our two layers each of foul weather gear.
But for the last two days, we’ve sailed in stunning, beautiful weather. Dry and warm but not hot, proverbial far winds and following seas – and many, many days are like this in the mid-Atlantic states, and Maryland in particular, where we live.
So, while rain doesn’t really keep us off the water, the sunshine and moderate temperatures are definitely the preferred conditions for sailing.