Sailing

Approaching a brightly coloured marker buoy, the empty wind
-less sail momentarily flapping before taking a homeward turn,
 the boat’s displacement of surface water creates a white
expanding rippling fluid V to fan out from the boat’s stern.

The exhilaration as a light southerly freshens, filling and tightening
the slack white sails, escalating the boat’s natural speed,
the thrilling sight of a sleek, modern catamaran fully up on plane
on smooth water, hoping previous speeds to supersede.

The liquid colour and mood of the restless water is always in
perpetual flux, transposing from pewter grey to cerulean blue,
a mirror image of the itinerant sky is shown as it momentarily
 illuminates as sporadic cumulus clouds and sun pass through.

In a stiff south westerly breeze, maintaining the speeding boat’s 
balance and equilibrium by leaning in harness far over the side,
bright sunlight creates glittering wave tipped diamonds on the
  water’s cool rippled surface as over it the boat silently glides.

Tacking as the transient wind changes direction, swinging the
dinghy’s silver aluminium boom and sail from port to starboard,
a slumbering autumnal marina is softened by dawn’s nebulous 
 white ephemeral mist, orderly rows of resting boats moored.

A bright sunlit summer’s day at Cowes Sailing Regatta hosts 
a panoramic profusion of distant brightly coloured sails,
foaming white horses ride the tall breaking crests of volatile 
rolling waves on a tempestuous sea during winter gales.

The lullaby of tranquil water undulating gently against the 
boat’s rocking hollow hull in the obsidian velvet of night,
in centuries past, navigation was guided by a sextant using the
 position of the overhead sun, the constellations and star light.

Ominous mauve rain clouds billow mountainously far above 
the shadowed horizon causing the wind’s speed to rise,
the unexpected summer storm requires efficient reefing of
 the straining main and fore sail, carefully fastening the ties. 

In a gentle summer breeze enjoying the unique encompassing silence 
that accompanies sailing, hearing the wind and water flowing by,
flocks of Black-Headed gulls gliding in warm air thermals survey
nomadic tranquil sea far below, effortlessly circling so high.  


A personalised poem can be a thoughtful gift for a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary, retirement or thank you for loved one or friend.
My poetry is written to be uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the joys of sailing.
My poems have been very well received by readers of all ages and backgrounds. 

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