The Dark Side of Sun

When the sun comes out from behind the clouds, the wind often calms. The heat is welcome but you make poor progress under sail.

You see things better when it’s cloudy. When the sun comes out your eyes start to play tricks on you. There are mirages that put water where there isn’t any and remove water that’s there. Islands float above the surface. At low tide in a bay, a cabin cruiser looks like a house in the middle of a golf course.

When it’s flat and grey, you appreciate what the sea holds. You catch sight of the tall dorsal fin of the orca and watch it swim past, predicting its elegant arch out of the water about every twenty seconds.

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