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    Default Opening Day is When I Say

    Most boaters in this hemisphere would say that opening day is sometime in the spring, likely the first weekend of May. For me though, opening day is a feeling more than a date. It's the day that the low clouds and steady drizzle of winter part, the north wind blows, and you can actually feel the warmth of the sun.

    Last Saturday, March 11, was that day here in Portland- and I wasn't the only one who seemed to feel that way. Oregonians are suckers for a little sunshine. Check out these people on the beach; opening day for sure.



    There were a dozen or so Laser racing around. They knew it was opening day.


    I like the Laser sailors, they came and sailed circles around me and said hello, but I wanted some wooden boats to join me. Sadly, it wasn't yet opening day for the junk that's always at the dock.
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    I'm jealous. We've gotten 18" of snow since then.
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    getting there, snow still about but the sun has some real strength to it now, snows gone off the south roof of the shop!


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    We had our novelty snow about two weeks ago. It made the boat cover sag. It melted. Then we had March 11th. 65 degrees. Opening day.

    I sailed with no destination in mind, reveling in getting whatever breeze I could catch and the fine feeling of being on a voyage with the miles ticking away under the hull.


    Lots of salmon fisherman out in their aluminum sleds. It was opening day for them. No rubber rain suits, no Colman propane heaters. Just a beer, a smoke, and a rod.
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    Looks like you were up along Ross Island? I had m glass boat out in St. Helens. We had a nice quick beat downriver to the red/green can below Sand Island where we popped spinnakers just about the time the ebb really began. Drifting backward with the current gave us about a 3 knot apparent wind, so we jybed back and forth a few times, admired the flocks of geese and ducks and finally gave in to the "iron wind" before we got to Goble. Nice day, but alas, no pics.

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    Yip. Ross Island area is where it's at. Scores of kayakers were celebrating opening day by looping the island and watching herons fly to and from their nests.



    After a while, I ran into my friend Bill. At last someone in a wooden boat.

    (Full disclosure- I forgot to take his picture- this is him a few months ago on the Columbia).
    He was training for a new human powered aqua race called SEVENTY48. Have people heard about it?
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    That junk looks interesting, surely the owner of such a boat could not resist any possible opportunity to get on the water?

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    It'll be a while before my fantail launch comes out of the shed...
    Instead, I'm headed for the ski slopes this morning.
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    Now that is a lot of snow. Good choice on the skis...
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    Finally, at the end of the day I was thrilled to see the newest Oughtred design that I know of in the Portland area: Darren and his Caledonia Yawl Min Dejlige Pika.

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    It was a pretty good way to wrap things up. Happy spring everyone. (Even you guys still buried in snow.)

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    It was a pretty nice one-reef afternoon on Elliot Bay, at least some of the crap growing on the keel got washed off. Weird fluky winds once back in the harbor, kept veering in puffs through about 110 degrees.
    Steve

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    You're out on salt water! Magic salt water. That also counts as opening day. Live it up.
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