When I announced that I was ready to sail off on Cabin Boy's Big Adventure, a bunch of people -- presumably experienced cruisers -- wished me 'Fair Winds'.
Now, I must admit that, as a long-time day sailor in Long Island Sound, I didn't really 'get' this expression. Frankly, in the Sound in summer, any wind is a fair wind. Most of the time no wind is the problem.
But after trying to sail from the Steinhatchee River to Cedar Key -- a distance of nearly 50 nm -- against a southerly wind on Wednesday, I now 'get' it fully!
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