Ladies, I’ve discovered a secret. And if I were an unattached lady, I would be having much more fun*.
Have I told you guys this? One forgets what one tells the Internet, but I am traveling for the next month. This weekend, I’m hanging in Newport, RI with my dad, a man who loves me almost as much as he loves sailing.
As a kid, I had hardly learned the difference between the jib sheet and the halyard before ponies and American Girls dolls monopolized my attention. The little bit I learned, I now remember none of, which in retrospect was totally dumb.
One, because sailing is beautiful, athletic and tremendously fun. A girlfriend who used to sail competitively came with me up to Newport for the weekend and watching her rock out, even on the little boat we rented, was a sight to behold.
Two, because sailing is full of adorable, well, sailors. Newport is the home of the America’s Cup and some of the most beautiful boats I’ve ever seen. The boats (and their crews) are from all around the world. Yesterday, in the harbor we spotted all of the 12 meter boats racing in the New York Yacht Club’s annual regatta, and a slew of boats who were practicing for the upcoming Newport to Bermuda race.
Friends, 12 meter boats are like floating testosterone. Not only are they huge and fast and so, so elegant, but they’re also crewed by a certain breed of hard drinking, muscled, suntanned men who were taught never to let you pay. It’s a veritable floating dah.
The best of the bunch was the French boat, one because they waved at us and two because they were French. (Of course they waved at three girls in a boat, they’re French.) I don’t care: Vive la France!
*Okay, maybe not more fun, but a very different kind of fun. One that involved much more flirting.
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