A mixture of overcast and blue skies yesterday with a constant NE breeze. Just a great day to be on the water. I spent a lot of time taking photographs, trying to better understand the new Fuji X-20 camera. I'm finding one of the tendencies of the camera is to under expose backlit situations, something easily solved by using the exposure compensation dial. (I'm not including the photo above when I say that. That photo, to my eye, is just right.)
The clouds broke just as I got on the water, unseasonably cool, dry air giving us a hint of fall.
Late morning one of the SailNauticus came out of the small basin behind Nauticus. We crossed paths, exchanging greetings before they headed down river. On board I recognize Daniela, one of the sailing instructors who had taken me out for a sail last June when they were introducing the new sailing school to the public. At the time she was nervous about taking a passenger out on the boat. It was not her sailing skills that were in question - she captained a 65 foot sailboat in her native Germany - but she was new to Harbor 20 having sailed it only once or twice. I told her I had a sailboat and could help with the lines. That sail on the Harbor 20 went just fine.
A couple hours later, as the SailNauticus boat headed back in, we sailed side by side. I reminded Daniela that on our June sail I had told her that I would repay her with a sail on Spartina, inviting them to join me for a little while. Once the Harbor 20 was tied to the dock, all three - left to right in the photo below, Peter, Daniela and Liz - hopped on board.
Daniela, Peter and Liz, thanks for joining me for awhile. Having company on board made a good day on the water even better.