22 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice on the deck. Frozen lines and sheets. 19.8 nautical miles. 5.6 knots average boat speed. 5 crew when we normally have 9. And 4 1/2 hours of fun, fun, fun.
The Corinthian Yacht Club's 2011 Tramp Harbor Race. We finished second in our class and second in the race overall. (I think there were three boats total.)
But none of this matters because we do it for the kinship and the camaraderie... and the beer and booze. We do it for the stories we can tell tomorrow or next year. We do it for the gear we "need" (really just want). But most of all, we do it for that perfect moment when all the work is done and you can stare out over the water and think about nothing at all.
Yeah, I'd rather be sailing.