Come sail away in Chicago

Before the season ended, I was blessed with the experience of sailing on a beautiful sailboat in Chicago.  James, the captain, and the crew of Big Meanie took me out for a glorious Sunday sail!  We competed in the last race of the season and my eyes were open to the majesty of being propelled along the water by nothing more than teamwork and Mother Nature.

Alas, my camera person didn’t show up, and I couldn’t film the race since my new team needed me on the ropes.  There was so much more that happened (two boats collided, a man fell overboard, crazy kooky wind shifts) however my hands were needed more “on deck” than on the camera during the race.

Still… it was another amazing Chicago experience that I will treasure. I found the following quote equally apropos to this post and to my life. Perhaps it will resonate with you as well.

“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.” ~Henry David Thoreau

So true.

Sailing in Chicago… oh yeah! from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.


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  1. eileen shannon says:

    really enjoyed the little movie thing (computer illiterate and don’t know a better word for it) the girl on the boat with you was Kristin Henriksen, my adopted daughter (sort of) and it was great to see her having so much fun
    put me on your list – I enjoyed most of the other films


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