A couple of days of perfect weather and I got some sailing in both yesterday and today. With the Pilgrim in Spain and one daughter in L.A. and the other in Maryland I am flying solo these days.
Sailing yesterday with a great forecast for today I began thinking about leaving Spartina in the basin at the cruise ship terminal. It occurred to me to check the cruise ship schedule, an excellent idea that apparently was carried away by the fine breezes. I forgot to check. And coming over the bridge today I saw the cruise ship the size of a large building tied up on the waterfront. Passengers were disembarking. Do you know how long it takes a few thousand passengers to disembark from a ship? I do. Too long. But I did get to enjoy, once the ship was gone, a nice afternoon on the river.
I am starting to think everyone else is right and I am the only one who is wrong (the Pilgrim has suggested this more than a few times). Yesterday morning I was hailed by someone at the Waterside marina. They called out with the boat's name, Spartina, pronouncing it SPAR-teen-a. Virtually everyone pronounces it this way except for me. I say SPAR-tine-a (rhymes with Carolina). I'm going to stick with my pronunciation a while longer, but I'm starting to feel uncertain about it. Since I can't pronounce the name of my own boat correctly I am also starting to wonder about the design of the boat. Maybe it really is a Drascombe.