Piccup in Raritan Bay
I took my Piccup
into the Raritan Bay last night after I got off work at Newark
Airport. I told my wife that I would be home in time to cut
the grass, which would be about 8:30 or 9:00 at the latest.
The bay was like glass last night and I had a very light but
steady breeze that moved my little baby along at a nice and
relaxing speed. The Great Shoals Lighthouse is in the middle
of the bay, about 3 miles away from where I launched. I set
my goal to go around the Lighthouse and back. I made pretty
good time but I was running very late. I didn't bring a watch
and didn't touch land until sunset. I still had to break the
sail down, put her on the dolly, wheel her back to my truck
and put her on top of the rack. I didn't pull up to my house
until 10:20. My wife was crying and told me that she'd already
called the state police to look for me. I'm a novice sailor.
This was only my sixth time out in the boat that I built and
my wife was thinking the worst. You would think that she would
be happy to see me. She isn't very friendly with me right now
and I spent last night on the couch. Come all ye young sailors
and hear what I say. Come back to port on time, you'll find
it will pay. My wife wanted to blow me down.