In a stiff breeze, maintaining the speeding boats balance and equilibrium,
by leaning in harness far over the side,
incandescent sunlight paints metallic silver diamonds on the water’s surface,
as over it you glide,
the liquid colour and mood of the restless sea is always in perpetual flux,
from pewter grey to cerulean blue,
a mirror image of the itinerant sky is shown, as it momentarily illuminates,
as sporadic clouds and sun pass through.

The distinctive rhythmical metallic melody of wind blown metal rigging,
clinking against silver aluminium masts,
an elegantly designed vintage mahogany-coloured wooden speedboat sails by,
a visual reminder of the past,
in a pleasant gentle summer breeze, the unique encompassing silence of sailing,
hearing the wind and water flowing by,
flocks of large black-headed gulls in warm air thermals survey water far below,
effortlessly circling so high.

A quintessensial sunlit summer day at Cowes Sailing Regatta, hosts a profusion,
 of brightly coloured sails,
white horses ride the foaming spume of prodigious waves on a tempestuous sea,
 during squally winter gales,
tacking as the itinerant wind changes direction, swinging the boom and sail,
from port to starboard,
a silent autumnal marina shrouded in dawn’s floating nebulous white mist,
orderly rows of resting boats moored.

Transient mauve grey Nimbus clouds with lightning, appear on the dark skyline,
causing the wind speed to rise,
an unexpected summer storm requires quick reefing of the main and fore sail,
carefully fastening the ties.
feeling the wind and sun on your face, the special incomparable serenity of sailing,
on smooth inland water or sea,
whenever I see a sailboat in the ever changing weather, light, seasons and tides,
you are always there surrounding me.

A much loved husband and father James Farthing 1940 -2017

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