Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing you

  • Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing yourself instead of taking photos of me.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mother Ocean

demo.7.21.11 from Frank Messina on Vimeo.

There have been several times in my life when I was not close to the Ocean. Once or twice I’ve tried to describe to people how much I miss being away from it. How I feel like I am missing a part of me, somehow.

Most; just don’t get it. After all, I don’t live on the Ocean. I live on a Bay; a saltwater bay.  And that helps to keep my OK. Because there is a difference.

I know it sounds unreasonable; But there is a great difference between fresh water and saltwater. And there is an ocean of difference between any other body of water and well… the Ocean.  Yes, I know the Great Lakes are huge. But they are not connected closely enough to the ocean. Their water is fresh.
I just can’t put into words what I mean: how I feel. I’ve tried, and failed too many times. You either are: or you’re not.

Thursday July 21st was special for a lot of reasons. It was the second warm and windy day we’ve had this week. A rare treat this time of year.  And the tide that afternoon was right for Demo; outgoing all afternoon with a South West breeze.
I was lucky just to be breathing. I was lucky to be on the exact same set up;[6.3, 110ltr board, & and a 9” wave/weed fin] as I was on Sunday. I was grateful to be back in the arms of Mother Ocean.


Jeff, aka Peconic Jeff said...

I find the ocean calming and healing. Hippocrates was on to something when he prescribed salty air and salt water to treat all sorts of ailments.

Have you experimented yet with positioning the gopro at the clew? That angle will show much more of the sail, board, rider and wave, and will work on both tacks.

drysuit2 said...

I haven't figured out a good way to attach one there yet. you will have to show me how.

Capt's Harborwatch & Mud said...

I guess all those years I spent growing up on or in the waters of the Great South Bay on Long Island..have infected you.."First Born"...or the apple does not fall far from the tree...
The continuum of the "Ocean".. whether you are sailing in L.I.Sound,the Great South Bay, Nantucket Sound,the Gulf Stream,Caribbean, Mediteranean, Adriatic..etc.is what excits me..we are all conected...where all life began!
And why I never liked to swim in ponds or lakes..
Your video with you camera mounted on the mast is great...
Of course the video of you sailing on "Segue" brings back many memories...hope we can get up up north to Chatham to enjoy the cool waters of Cape Cod...and sailing on "Malabar"..

ps..I do like to listin to Chris Cross..when sailing!

PeconicPuffin said...

I want to be more like the ocean.
No talking, all action.