We had a series of small thunderstorms come through yesterday evening. The heat wave did not break, it only bent a little.
I did not fulfill my plans to be on the road by 6:00 a.m, an hour later seemed much more reasonable and still fairly cool. After yesterday's storms both the temperature and the humidity had dropped.
And there was wind. It had been a while - I did not recognize it at first. Not a lot of wind, but steady wind between 5 and 10 mph. Plenty for a relaxing day of sail, enough of a breeze to keep things comfortable.
It must have been hot out there Saturday. This cruiser by the name Thari had excellent canvas that must have helped block the sun, but the humidity must have been rough. A good day to take the dinghy into Portsmouth and enjoy the air conditioning at a restaurant/bar/theater/library.
This cruiser below by the name of Voyager was on the way north, headed home to Toronto after a couple of years in Florida and the Caribbean. The boat was a little worn, the captain was well-tanned and very relaxed looking. It must have been a nice couple of years.
I broke out my old crumpled panama hot to deal with the heat, that along with the upturned collar of my shirt and thin pair of synthetic sailing pants kept me comfortable. It wasn't too bad at all. Back at the ramp it was a different story, it was just a minute or two breaking down the rig before I was soaked in sweat. That's fine, after all it is summer in the south. And a little sweat was a price I did not mind paying for a nice day on the water.