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April 27, 2016 Sailing, Williamsburg

Sailing from New Hampshire

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We had another family go sailing from New Hampshire, so that’s twice in two days. Mike and Linda Roberge brought their grandsons from the Granite State to Williamsburg, where they all went sailing on a warm spring afternoon. We were all in shirtsleeves, a first this year.

Sailing from New HampshireThe occasional heeling of the boat to 20 degrees reminded me of Franconia Notch and the Cog Railway, a steep incline on Mt. Washington that defies gravity. You sit in seats at a 45 degree angle to mitigate the feeling that you’re going to fall off the mountain. Linda said the place hasn’t done well lately. “Ever since the Man in the Mountain fell off, tourism hasn’t been the same.”

“Wait!” her grandson Irie interjected. “A man fell off the mountain?”

No, she was referring to the iconic stone profile of a man that was naturally carved by nature into a cliff. It sheared off in 2003. I showed them what was left of Redoubt 10, the famous place in the Siege of Yorktown that has been reduced by half due to river erosion. Nature rules the world. We sailed on quietly, except for the occasional gust.

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