In a stiff southerly breeze maintaining the boats balance by using harness to lean 
over the side,
 bright morning sunlight paints glittering silver diamonds on the water’s surface as  
   the boat smoothly glides,
the mood and colour of the sea is always changing from restless grey through to
   tranquil cerulean blue,
a mirror image of the transient sky is shown as it momentarily illuminates as clouds 
 and sun pass through.

The distinctive metallic melody of wind blown metal rigging clinking against hollow
     aluminium masts,
a teak coloured wooden sailing yacht sails by on calm water, an elegant design from 

 the past,
in a pleasant summer breeze enjoying the special silence of sailing, hearing the wind and 
    water flowing by,
flocks of herring gulls circling in warm air thermals survey water far below, effortlessly
 gliding high.

A beautiful summer’s day at Cowes Sailing Regatta hosts a profusion of dinghies’ brightly
   coloured sails,
 foaming white horses ride the dark rolling crests of seething waves during tempestuous
  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 white mist, orderly rows of resting

   boats moored.

 Grey nimbus clouds emitting forked lightning appear on the darkening 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 unique serenity of sailing on sheltered inland
  water or exposed sea,
whenever I see a sailboat in the ever-changing weather, light, seasons and tides,
 you are always close surrounding me.

In loving memory of James Farthing 1929 -2017

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