May 25 Wednesday
Our prize for sailing through the night is the unmatched thrill of riding the swells under the Golden Gate bridge and gawking up at it. What a welcome to this great city!
I have the good fortune to have a new crew member on board from Santa Barbara to San Francisco and beyond. That enables me to have more options and rest on long legs. The leg from Santa Barbara to San Francisco is 24 hours long, and we can easily do it non-stop through the night.
I can not disclose the name of this crew person, nor show who he is, not because he is wanted by the law or because he is in hiding from an ex-wife, but because he is a well-known actor — not quite as well known as a Jeff Bridges or a Brad Pitt, but he plays in that league and has a distinguished career in feature films and plays. I can only use his pseudonym; “Tommy Lee” Henceforth he will be called Tommy in this blog.
We are anchored off Sausalito to await a rendezvous with Donn and Jee on June 3-5. Thus I awake each morning with a view that no million dollar homeowner has. I see the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown San Francisco, the Oakland Bay Bridge, Mount Tamalpias, and Tiburon, houses that dot the hills of Sausalito, the crowded sailboat sticks rising from the several waterfront marinas, and nearby other sailboats spaced about five acres from each other, And a classic yawl draws a line in the water as she glides silently down the narrow channel from Sausalito to the Bay… all reflecting in a glassy sea.
All this teaches me to live with a mind as calm as the water which surrounds me. I can remember when I was a frenetic clod of hopes and fears — living a life of poor me — because I thought my ego was important and the Universe wouldn’t bend to my will.
After I had spent a long time looking at the infinite expanse of sea around me something mysterious began to overtake me. I no longer defined myself as an individual ego and the notion that I was separate and special from everything around me dissolved. Scanning an endless horizon made me feel an integral part of everything there is . It has taken me a lifetime of missteps and seeking to come to this awakening. .
The way to deal with Nature is to be it, to understand it well enough to play your symbiotic part in it — without trying to conquer it! This is how I awoke to the beauty which surrounds me this morning. And coincidentally this is how I sail.
And now it’s time to get on with enjoying friends and the San Francisco Bay area.