That’s a great shot, but that’s not it. This shot – the money shot – is stellar. Not only does it capture Phillip doing something totally awesome (but when does he not do things that are totally awesome?) but he did it right in the front of the boat, the glistening Plaintiff’s Rest. This shot is supreme. Trust me – but we’ll get there. First thing’s first.
First we had to get that beautiful boat out there on the hook as often as we could between boat chores. Let me give you some highlights of our summer anchorages (and I would imagine this song is the right backdrop for this rockin’ photo montage):
Just about every Friday at 5:00 p.m. (okay, who am I kidding – NOON!) we tossed the lines and headed out for the weekend. We often went west to Red Fish Point where we stayed for our first anchorage.
We enjoyed some exquisite sunset sails over:
And you know what happens when we start sailing? For those of you who said “clothes come off!” you would be right! But, we also drink! We are sailors you know! Every time the sun would start to dip, we would whip up one of our famous “Oh Shiiiit” cocktails or pour a fine glass of wine.
Nope, that’s not the money shot either. Not yet. Stick with me …
We would often head east too, over to the Pensacola Beach area to anchor out behind Paradise Inn or Big Sabine:
And we did some serious sailing along the way – I’m talking wing-on-wing! That’s where the Jenny and the main are on opposite sides of the boat – one pulled out to starboard and one to port. Looks like this:
It is a technique used to maximize the sail surface in light wind to allow us to sail downwind when the wind is directly on our stern. Here is our Jenny and main, wing-on-wing:
And … we sailed her like that under the Bob Sykes bridge! *gasp*
But the scariest part was, Phillip let me steer her like that!
A look of total concentration. I was in the zone!
Thankfully, we made it under, boat in tact, bridge in rearview and a big smile on my face.
We had some buddies sail along with us on occasion to get some great shots of us sailing:
Awesome shot, too, I must agree – but that’s still not it. Almost!
We cooked up some mean meals on the boat:
Sirloin steaks with chimmichurri? Yes, please! But, the wind often blew so hard it would blow out the flame on our grill. Have wind will NOT cook! So, guess whose job it was to hold up a cover while the meat cooked.
That’s right – you guessed it – the First Mate’s!
But it was totally worth it. I mean … look at that feast! We really don’t eat well on the boat, I’m telling you. Not well at all!
We blew up my new inflatable SUP!
That thing was a beast to blow up. Definitely good for the “gun show!” We had a great time paddling around, though, once she was inflated:
Then we deflated her and rolled her right back up.
Great for storing on the boat, not so good for the back. It is a wee bit of a chore but again – totally worth it – because we always finish our chores up with a drink (or four)!
Nope, that is STILL not the money shot – although he is a sexy beast! Don’t you just hate it!
We met up with some buddies and shared a case of PBR:
Then they passed out!
And their little dog too! As did we! Day-drinking is hard.
Our “Sail Groupies” (Phillip’s folks) often came out to hang out with us on the hook:
They eat a lot! But we don’t mind. We feed them so they’ll take us out wakeboarding:
And, they helped us get it. Yes, IT. The Money Shot. Phillip’s dad pulled him right around in front of our boat and Phillip threw up a “hang ten” sign so I could snap this sizzling number. I give you – The Money Shot:
Oh yeeeaaahhh! That is money. Looks like the opening trailer for a bad-ass movie to me. I believe this is the appropriate accompaniment: Big Pimpin’
Life on the hook is hard.