There are some days that are just filled with being busy. Then there are days like this weekend. It's Monday now and still nice, but this weekend was just amazing.
The sailing club held a buoy race Saturday and, as usual, Kyrie was committee boat. A different course was chosen this time, which meant we didn’t have to anchor in 100+ feet of water near a cable, creating a short starting line for the racers! Joe invited a neighbor of ours here in Douglas to come along and they got to crew on one of the boats for the race. That left me and the kids on board Kyrie to watch the race and make sure we recorded everyone’s finish times. The crews all seemed happy with their performances, from what I could see! Joe said they had a great time on Shoreless, scooting along and even burying the toerail at one point. He said his shoes got wet!
That evening we joined a bunch of friends for a Brazil-inspired dinner. Friends of ours are creating a meal from a different country each month and this month was Brazil. We got to try Caipirinhas, which are considered Brazil's national cocktail--delicious!--and Romeu e Julieta, which is an appetizer of cheese (my friend used queso fresco in this case) and a Brazilian guava paste called goiabada, which is simply guava, sugar and water. It's surprisingly good--sweet and salty. Think of proscuitto-wrapped dates or cantaloupe and you get the idea.
Sunday dawned clear and warm, so after answering a call for help from Joe's parents, we took Kyrie out again. We thought we would try fishing, so we headed down the channel toward Sheep Creek. No luck, but the wind was perfect for a spinnaker run toward the bridge. The wind actually grew lighter as we neared the bridge, so Joe asked me to dig the radial head drifter out of the bow locker so we could give it a try for the first time. Oh my goodness, that thing is gigantic and heavy! But, it was amazing to hoist it and sail. There was about 4-5 knots of wind and Kyrie was moving at about 3-3.5 knots! Look at that giant sail! Isn't it beautiful? I'm not sure it had seen much use--it was still crinkly when we hoisted it. Joe and Rachael sat on the bow while we sailed under the bridge and I watched the drifter deflate, and then, in a moment of perfect hilarious timing, inflate as the two of them blew up toward the sail.
Barbecued chicken and curried couscous with veggies finished the weekend off, along with a paddle in the kayak around the harbor. It was hard to say good night to such a beautiful weekend, but the sun gave a good show before it sank from our sight. All in all, I'd say we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly the past couple of days. Levi is off to camp this week, so it will be just me and the girls during the day, and it's supposed to be nice nearly all week. Days like these make me absolutely in love with our life!