Spend a year in a fishing village, and you’ll get quite used to being on a boat. But of all my days at sea, I’d never been sailing. So when my friend Heather invited me to join her on her 45-foot Sea Bird one Sunday morning, I leapt at the chance!
Coco had suffered through pouring rain for days, but we woke up that Sunday to sunny skies. Already fearing that I’d soon be leaving my little beachfront pueblo, Lisa and I decided to make it a celebratory sail. On the way to Ocotal beach, we picked up two bottles of champagne. We’d barely left shore when we popped the first one open! We toasted our bubbly as a handful of dolphins played about 20 feet away.
After so much rain, it felt nearly miraculous to sun ourselves on the boat’s deck. This is going to sound incredibly dense to all of my friends out there who are experienced sailors, and there are quite a lot of you, but the first thing I noticed about my first sailing adventure was how slow going the whole situation is. I do like speed in my life, but the tranquil pace of the sailboat was something I could get used to. I’ve heard so many stories from friends who have sailed around the world, and at last I could start to imagine what that experience is like. I’d love to next spend a week on a sailboat, and then… who knows!
At Punta Gorda, we jumped out and went snorkeling, the water as clear as I’ve ever seen it and just chilly enough to be refreshing. There were tons of fish out, my favorites being the schools that kind of follow you around as you swim. Lisa and I swam and snorkeled longer than we usually do, before climbing up on deck for some champagne.
The day passsed by so fast! Heather was the most charming host, Katy fascinated with tales of being a schoolteacher in Costa Rica, and we never tired of watching Sebastian man the sails.
It was raining again by 7 am the next morning, so a special first sailing trip was meant to be for me. It was definitely one of the moments in Coco that I’ll never forget! When I leave Costa Rica, one of the things I’ll miss the most is that any day of the week could end up being a peaceful yet exhilarating day out on the ocean.
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