Posted by ws1 on:
We lucked out today and got a free pass to join the sailing trip put on by the good folks at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum to thank their donors. The traditionally built ' Tall Ship' named 'The Spirit of Dana Point' was built in a mans backyard in the mid 1970's, and is a largely accurate replica of ships built during the 18th and 19th centuries.
I haven't sailed since I was about 15, and have never known much about it - aside from what I could gleam from watching Horatio Hornblower movies like a complete addict.
Being aboard the 'spirit' was an awe inspiring experience - there is something to be said for being on a giant wooden craft, being quietly propelled by breeze. The sound of jostling wooden pulleys and flapping canvas really make it hard to resist squinting and pretending the Captain is wearing a wool cloak and an old-school black hat - instead of the Patagonia parka. The crew - despite having not been tele-transported directly from the 1740's - was fast and knowledgeable, the weather was perfect (the Vietnamese shrimp might have helped too) and we were grateful to be soaking the cold sun, fresh air and amazing views of Santa Barbara from the Channel.
Only problem is getting my land legs back.. Sleeping with all this residual brain-swaying is going to be a bitch.