November 14, 2015 … and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking*

It was a day for the harbour.

Flyboard

A flyboard with selfie stick

Sadly there was a brisk and chilling Southerly most of the day, and the chance of still water or reflections is small when that is happening. Passing through Oriental Bay at mid day , I was diverted by the spectacle of someone enjoying a novel ride. My searching suggests that this device is called a flyboard. Whatever it is called, it consists of some downward pointing water jets connected by a long flexible hose to a powerful jet ski mounted water pump. Steering seems to by shifting body weight. Though it looks to be a handful, this rider still had time for a selfie-stick.

Beechcraft

I like planes with visible whirly-bits

I ate my lunch by the road side in Evans Bay where I could watch the inbound airport traffic.

Race

Rounding the outer marker

The late evening offered a golden glow and a much diminished wind, though still strong enough for the local yacht club  to run one of its regular handicap races. Sail cloth lit up by the setting sun is very appealing to me.

Heel

Friday evening fun

Though the wind was less than it had been earlier in the day it was still sufficient to make the yachts heading for the finishing line heel significantly.

Sunset

Race over, sails down

The hut on Pt Howard wharf was where the race marshalls sat and blasted a hooter each time a yacht crossed the line. Most of the crews lowered the sails after crossing the line as the sun got lower in the sky, and the day reached its conclusion.

Enough for the day.

  • Sea Fever by John Masefield

 

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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