The Need for Speed When Performing Boat Yoga, and a Cunning Little Cruiser!

You think a Cal 34 cannot go fast? HA! Double Ha!

Another fine weekend of Pacific Northwest sailing. On Saturday we headed over to Oro Bay on Anderson Island. There was a little boat moored there that we wanted to take a look at for our son, Andrew. More on that later.

The wind was whipping about 15 knots as we headed out of the marina, taking full advantage of the incoming tide as we swept under the Narrows Bridge. Sailing around here means always being very aware of what the tide is doing and when, since any sailor up here knows that if you try to sail against the tide in the narrows, you will sail backwards.

This time we had about 2-3 knots of current with us, and great wind to boot, so naturally there was time for a little boat yoga. Boat yoga is good for all parts of a person and really takes the edge off those long wheel-slave sessions when the only auto pilots on board are named Mike and Melissa. That’s right, folks, there is nothing like a few yoga poses while heeled at 25 degrees to make what could otherwise be a tiring time at the wheel simply fly by.

Thankfulness. Hold pose for at least 30 seconds while you give thanks for the wind and your saucy boat.


The Wind Tunnel. Sailing for long periods on a broad reach in plenty of wind allows tension to build up in the body. Use this pose to discharge that tension, sending the energy back up into the wind from whence it came. Brace foot firmly. Blow out through your mouth, like the wind.

The Compass. Become the needle on your compass, pointing toward the horizon. Strike pose swinging arm through all four of the major directions, keeping arm straight. Pivot at the hips. Brace feet and be careful! Alternatively, you can pretend you are singing into a microphone with one hand, point to your audience with the other. Your choice.

After a refreshing yoga session, it’s time to change helmsmen and sail through some tidal rips. May as well turn off the sound on your computer because I still don’t have the hang of talking during a video clip when there is a lot of wind.

The anchorage at Oro Bay is really protected and quiet. We anchored in about 16 feet of water, feeling completely protected from the wind. An interesting feature of this anchorage is this old ferry. Someone brought this thing over from the east coast, thinking they would somehow restore it and take over the ferry service over on Ketron Island, just next door. Why do people think they can salvage huge things like this? It’s pretty cool, but I cannot imagine how much money it would take to get something like this up and running.

The old ferry from Ocean City, which is probably in New Jersey. Just now it has two travel trailers parked in it, and plenty of sea life parked ON it.

So, now we can satisfy the question on everyone’s minds: Why are these people looking for a boat for their son? The answer is simple: we are insane. Let’s just get it onto the table right now. We have lost our minds somewhere in the wind. Sure, there are nice logical answers like ‘We want Andrew to learn about working on boats.’, ‘Andrew needs a project to work on.’, or ‘It would be cheap housing during college.’

But those answers are probably not the real reason. Probably the real reason is that young men need adventures in order to become solid men. We prefer that Andrew’s adventures not be in the form of either going to war, or playing like he is going to war in front of the video screen. Andrew had a grand adventure traveling through Europe on his own between highschool and college. It crystalized something in him that has helped him be successful in college. Adventures do that. We’d like to see that kind of development continue so that he can become even more self-sufficient and make choices about how he lives his life that might be a little outside the box. He’s enough like me that I worry he will get bored with life if he enters the world of work, never to have time to himself again until retirement.  We see this as part of his education, part of his growing-up. And if we get to live a little vicariously through him, well, what are kids for? I guess like most parents, we want better for our kids than we had for ourselves, and we want them to know they don’t have to do things the way we did them.

So we sailed out to Anderson Island to look at this little Westerly Cirrus, a 22 foot sailboat that could take Andrew just about anywhere.

The Westerly Cirrus

This little boat is salty as heck, but it needs some work because it’s been sitting there for a long time. The price is right, but does Andrew want to take it on? Like us, he’d rather sail than work on a boat, but it wouldn’t take much to make this boat sail-able. And the sails are in good condition, as is the standing rigging. I’ll review this boat on the boat reviews page.

Here’s a final video of our sail back. We ran our engine for about 1/2 hour the entire weekend. Great Pacific Northwest sailing!

Moonrise, out.







12 thoughts on “The Need for Speed When Performing Boat Yoga, and a Cunning Little Cruiser!

  1. Great post! Love your “boat yoga”, especially the first one … the thankful pose! We hope we influence our college-student daughter with our cruising dreams, so we understand the desire to buy your son a boat. Like you, we want the best for our girl and adventures in life are priceless.

    • Yes, they are! And far too many young people don’t have them. I hope your girl has an adventure of her own, whether it be on a boat or some other way!

  2. Looks like another fab sail on the Sound. And Andrew is so lucky to have you guys as parents! I hope he goes for it. He needs a boat that requires a little fixing up – it’ll make it his own.

    • Oh, yes, you have boys so you know! He definitely needs a little ‘fixer’ in the boat. Not too much, just enough to get him invested in the outcome. He’s looking at what is available and already has both price creep and size creep, but there’s not a lot of wiggle room on that, so we’ll let him have his ‘fix’ of looking, then he needs to decide.

  3. I love the boat yoga…However….I think it was spurred on by the “empty” in the cup holder by the wheel….HA!

    • That ’empty’ would be Mike’s, unless you are referring to the empty water bottle. That would be mine. You cannot do boat yoga while drinking beer. At least not at a heel of 25 degrees, or rather, not if you are smart you don’t.

    • Thanks, Cidnie! I’m surprised by all the support for buying Andrew a boat. I guess I thought people wouldn’t understand the motivation. I wish we had known when our kids were younger that we wanted to do this whole cruising thing. It would have been great to do what you are doing with your kids. I homeschooled anyhow, for several years. May as well have lived on a boat to do it.

  4. Funny you should post about boat yoga. On the trip back from Orange Beach while I had to helm while motoring 4 hours through the ICW into Mobile Bay, I had to stand up and use my feet to push the tiller cause I can’t see a damn thing sitting down.

    I was like well, while i’m doing this I might as well make the most of it. I straightened my posture, tightened my core and made a pilates/yoga workout of it.

    Love the videos btw. I’ve never seen a “tide ripe” on Video before…and 90 Feet of water! wow, We live in two different worlds.

    It’s so neat to think there are Orcas in those waters..maybe right under your boat!

    • Yeah, but that water is actually shallow! The real story on that photo is the speed. 9.5!
      The whole ‘can’t see anything ahead of me’ thing on sailboats drives me nuts. It’s something we always consider now when looking at boats. On the Cal 34, I have made a custom ‘cushion’ to sit on so I can see where I am going without steering with my feet. Basically I took three floatation cushions and stitched them together. Now I can sit down and drive without driving blind.
      SOOOO sorry that you guys got broken into while you were gone. That sucks big time.

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