I have not been sailing as much this winter as I normally
do. Just as I felt my body was starting to heal from years of over-use,
punctuated by a trauma injury; I was
getting to the point that a few Tylenol was all I needed to get through a
sailing session. Not bad for a guy who had lost 30 pounds of muscle and was
taking Vicodin by the handful just to get through the day.
I was no longer training; exercising my muscles in short
bursts, then letting them rest so I could rebuild my 50 year old body. After Sandy,
I was working. Cutting down trees with an axe and hand saw; shoveling sand from
places it should never be; demolishing with a crowbar, the waterlogged first floor of homes
lucky to still be standing. Everything you are not
supposed to do when coming back from an injury.
Then there was the water; polluted, and filled with
So when I did start sailing at the end of February, it was
pretty apparent that my most used wave gear was not up to the task. I was
patching rail cracks on my 111 ltr freestyle wave board after every session,
getting carbon fiber splinters from my boom, and my most used sail; a 6.3 wave
sail was looking pretty rough.
I was going to try to limp by another season, even as my wife
tried to show me the error of my ways. “you sail that combo in the ocean, in
overhead waves, a half a mile offshore, right?”. “ Yea, but...” “ yea but
what?” she said “ you use that combo 50 or more days a year out there, in the
Ocean. Just get it. I don’t want any calls from the coast guard!”
She made sense. But I resisted.
After a few phone calls to my “local” shop in Wisconsin,
I replaced my board. Just my board. Well, I figured I could re-grip my booms
and I still have some X-Ply tape.
Then a few weeks ago my Brother came down from Boston
to visit the 9/11 memorial with his family on Patriots Day...
I think I got the message this time. I love the way my new
boom feel in my hands. I just used it, and my new 6.3, in side off overhead
So how am I feeling? About 60%.
But maybe this is my new
100%. And I did get to sail overhead, down the line conditions. Who knows if
I’ll ever get to do that again?