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Camac
Posted: 25-Aug-2008, 08:38 AM
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Thunder rumbles
Lightening cracks
Rain in torrents
Smash the deck
The wind in rage
Screams in the rigging
And shrouds all strain
To hold the mast
The sails are reefed
The hatches battened
Two miles to Lee
The shore line looms
A brooding Siren
Beckoning doom
The cockpit fills
Then drains and fills
The scuppers flowing
Like racing mills
The Hull does groan
The rudder quakes
As the maddened Squall
Roars cross the wake
The helm to starb'rd
To force her up
And point her bow
Into the storm
Seas come crashing
Wind it howls
Rolling, pitching
Wrenching yaw
Climb a wave
Fall off the top
The helpless pause
Down in the trough
The wondering if
This ever ends.
And then the Sun
Breaks through the clouds
As fast it came
The quicker gone

               
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Posted: 25-Aug-2008, 09:00 AM
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QUOTE (Camac @ 25-Aug-2008, 08:38 AM)
Thunder rumbles
Lightening cracks
Rain in torrents
Smash the deck
The wind in rage
Screams in the rigging
And shrouds all strain
To hold the mast
The sails are reefed
The hatches battened
Two miles to Lee
The shore line looms
A brooding Siren
Beckoning doom
The cockpit fills
Then drains and fills
The scuppers flowing
Like racing mills
The Hull does groan
The rudder quakes
As the maddened Squall
Roars cross the wake
The helm to starb'rd
To force her up
And point her bow
Into the storm
Seas come crashing
Wind it howls
Rolling, pitching
Wrenching yaw
Climb a wave
Fall off the top
The helpless pause
Down in the trough
The wondering if
This ever ends.
And then the Sun
Breaks through the clouds
As fast it came
The quicker gone

You are one hell of a good story teller Dave. Keep them coming.
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Posted: 25-Aug-2008, 09:11 AM
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Yes, a good story teller and a wonderful capturer of the sensory impressions. I learned I didn't get seasick easily as a teenager, when I got caught out in a quick, nasty squall in a little Beetle on Narragansett Bay. It was just like this. (No, I was not doing the sailing! It was my first time out, and I was a lump of cargo in an orange flotation vest.)
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Posted: 25-Aug-2008, 09:11 AM
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Well,I'm soak through the bones after reading this story really, this is quite a squall allright...I was on that boat and if you'll excuse me have to go and change... tongue.gif

Camac you're my best story teller of all time,keep writing.

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Posted: 25-Aug-2008, 09:26 AM
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LOA, JC, stoirmeil;


Thanks guys. Without boasting I've been caught in a number of squalls on Lake Ontario. The worst one completely caught me off guard and I could get the mainsail reefed fast enough and had a knock down with the keel out of the water and the mast in it. I figured oh sh'' this is it I'm gone. Well the old girl righted herself real quick and as she settled down I stood in the cockpit finger in the air yelled "Yah missed yah SOB, Yah Missed". Then I threw up. Oh to be young again.


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QUOTE (Camac @ 25-Aug-2008, 10:26 AM)
LOA, JC, stoirmeil;


Thanks guys. Without boasting I've been caught in a number of squalls on Lake Ontario. The worst one completely caught me off guard and I could get the mainsail reefed fast enough and had a knock down with the keel out of the water and the mast in it. I figured oh sh'' this is it I'm gone. Well the old girl righted herself real quick and as she settled down I stood in the cockpit finger in the air yelled "Yah missed yah SOB, Yah Missed". Then I threw up. Oh to be young again.


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You must've been quite a "headstrong" fellow in your days yelling something like that and not have been thrown off board for real....

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Posted: 25-Aug-2008, 09:42 AM
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QUOTE (Lady of Avalon @ 25-Aug-2008, 09:30 AM)
QUOTE (Camac @ 25-Aug-2008, 10:26 AM)
LOA, JC, stoirmeil;


Thanks guys. Without boasting I've been caught in a number of squalls on Lake Ontario. The worst one completely caught me off guard and I could get the mainsail reefed fast enough and had a knock down with the keel out of the water and the mast in it. I figured oh sh'' this is it I'm gone. Well the old girl righted herself  real quick and as she settled down I stood in the cockpit finger in the air yelled "Yah missed yah SOB, Yah Missed". Then I threw up. Oh to be young again.


Camac.

You must've been quite a "headstrong" fellow in your days yelling something like that and not have been thrown off board for real....

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LOA;

Not really. Just crazy nuts like all shark sailors are. dribble.gif taz.gif w00t1.gif


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Great story, and the anecdote had us all laughing here - thank you.

Reminded of a comment an author once made about idiots "standing on top of hills in thunderstorms wearing wet copper armour yelling "All Gods are B**tards!" " - hehehehe.


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Posted: 26-Aug-2008, 08:16 AM
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QUOTE (Teriodin @ 26-Aug-2008, 04:36 AM)
Great story, and the anecdote had us all laughing here - thank you.

Reminded of a comment an author once made about idiots "standing on top of hills in thunderstorms wearing wet copper armour yelling "All Gods are B**tards!" " - hehehehe.

Teriodin;

I know it is foolish "To Tempt the Gods" but what the hey it adds a little spice to life and without spice life is rather bland n'es pas. " Whom the Gods would destroy they first make insane" I guess that puts me on the list. My dad had a saying "Nils Carborundum iligitimate" (don't let the bastards grind you down" good advice. He was nuttier than me.


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