Dinner Cruising With Friends

We took friends out for dinner and a late afternoon sail last week. We love sailing at that time of day – low angles of sunshine and yellow light, the wind is still good but starting to drop off, in the summer it’s not too hot. After an hour’s sailing (or so) we cozy into a cove not too far from the creek where our marina is located, drop the hook, and rig for dinner. This involves setting up our collapsible cockpit table and handing out the food and drink that Ruth prepares before we sail. On this evening it was a delicious chicken salad with homemade rolls, chips and salsa, iced tea or lemonade, and dessert of homemade cookies.

This table is similar to the one we use.  Ours has wooden slats for the top that fold together and store compactly along with the base in a bag that's about 36 inches long and 10 inches square.

This table is similar to the one we use. 

After months – maybe years – of discussing what sort of table would work in our cockpit, we happened across a table like this one pictured above. The top folds together and stores compactly along with the base in a bag that’s about 36 inches long and 10 inches square. We found this table for sale in a hardware store for under $15.

We had a wonderful, peaceful evening with friends, talking about everything in the world, enjoying the scenery.

Stunningly beautiful evening with crystal clear air and perfect temperatures.

Stunningly beautiful evening with crystal clear air and perfect temperatures.

Deep in conversation.

Deep in conversation

Chuck at the helm

Chuck at the helm

Sailing into the yellow light

Sailing into the yellow light

Anchored in the late afternoon yellow glow.

Anchored in the late afternoon yellow glow

Dinner time

Dinner time

Cruise Ship heading south. Part of the evening scenery.

Cruise Ship heading south. Part of the evening scenery.

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

We retrieved the anchor before dusk, but needed to light the nav lamps to get back up the creek and into our slip. It was dark when we tied up. Great time on the water, great time with friends.

 

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4 comments
  1. Great pics Rick, been raining down here for a week…

    • Thanks Adam. One of my sailing pals lives near you, and says he’s ready to build an ark, its been raining so much.

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