Litha Crew Post from July 9, 2021

We finally left Salem Harbor for the first time in almost a year.  We had 4 extra people aboard as we headed towards Cape Cod.  The day started with beautiful calm waters.  We raised the sails and sat on our bean bag chairs to watch for whales over Stellwagen bank with our friends.  And then… a squall…

This huge unexpected weather system formed north of us.  It produced a ton of lightning and thunder and torrential downpour back in Salem and Boston.  We could see the beautiful dark clouds and rain from where we were further south, but the rain hadn’t reached us.  HOWEVER… it caused our nice calm sea to become angry.  We were pretty far off-shore and could barely see the Cape in the distance.

All of a sudden, the wind direction switched and we were forced to lower the sails and start bashing into the swell to make it to Provincetown.  It was right up there with some of the worst most uncomfortable sailing we’ve done as our bow kept smashing into the waves.  Our friends who have never sailed before, started feeling nervous. Their 9 year old started puking.

Was I worried?  Nope.  Not one bit.  We had been through so much worse during our travels, that I had no fear about this.  Sure I knew that if I went below that I might start feeling sea sick, but I just stayed in the cockpit and enjoyed the rollercoaster ride. 

As we turned around the hook of the Cape about 4 hours later, the swell started coming at our beam.  I told Justin to move our coffee pot to the floor so that it didn’t fall of the counter (our coffee pot is pretty much held together with duct tape due to falling off the counter so many times during our travels.) Our friend’s son asked me if Litha was going to tip over.  I told him absolutely not, but I wanted to make sure we had coffee in the morning because that would be the only tragic thing that could happen.  Our new small drink refrigerator ended up opening up and dumping beers all over the floor and sliding around.  Otherwise, everything ended up fine.

We made it to Provincetown just before dark, as the storm moved towards us.  We were treated to a really amazing show of lighting.  

I was thinking about how far I’ve come since we bought Litha almost 3 years ago.  Not geographically but how far I’ve come with my fears.  I remember the first time I experienced any kind of swell off the coast of California, I was terrified, I was bawling.  We’ve weathered so many storms, wind, and sea states since then that I’ve pretty much turned into a badass fearless sea witch and that’s something to be proud of.

I know I’ve talked a lot about conquering fears in previous Lessons from Litha, but I really want to reiterate how important it is to just take the leap and do something that scares you… Even if you’re crying the entire time.  You’ll get through it, and you’ll learn just how strong you are.