Sailing

Labor Day Night Regatta

What better way to kick off the Labor Day weekend than sailing in the Labor Day Night Regatta!!

OK, technically it was the Labor Day Night Race but regatta is just such a cooler word.

Regatta Gala!!

I’m a huge Friends fan and that was one of my favorite Rachel lines, “It’s a Regatta Gala”. Poor video quality but it’s around the :24 mark in the video below.

Alright, so back to the race last night!

We had a bigger turn out than I thought we would. 17 boats total; 8 Spin A boats and 9 Spin B boats (we are in the Spin B class). Beautiful sunset, hell of a lightning show during the entire race, nice breeze and great company!

The start of the race the wind was single digits knots. As the night went on, the breeze went up, especially after the sunset. When the storm rolled in we hit the low teens with gusts in the high teens, maybe even 20 knots.

In the darkness we could feel the storm all around of us. At one point we all grabbed our fouly gear to prepare for the downpour that would be unleashed on us….no rain. Quite shocked actually. I thought for sure we would be rained on during the race but the rain held out until we were driving home!

Final results, 5th in our class and 9th overall.

In the end, the results didn’t matter. We stayed safe, didn’t break the boat and had a great time!

 

Getting ready to start the race

We have a lot of boats to pass!!!

We have a lot of boats to pass!!!

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And I leave you with these two awesome pups! Took these before we left for the race yesterday.

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Getting ready to start the race

Getting ready to start the race

 

Rainbows and Sailing

Thursday night sailing in Florida usually means trying to beat the afternoon storms. In typical fashion, there was a storm sitting off of the yacht club and have to say it made for a beautiful sky.

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I thought I was going to have to work late so I didn’t bring clothes to sail in. The plan was just to head to the club after work and wait for the race to get done to pick up Colin. Turns out, I did actually get out in time to make the race but still didn’t have clothes. Heels and work dress are cute but not when you are trying to hoist a sail or hanging off the rail.

During the race I hung out on the upper deck and enjoyed the weather.

Starting box

Starting box

They lucked out and didn’t get any rain!

Boats rounding B mark coming to A mark

Boats rounding B mark coming to A mark

WOO there is Time Bandit crossing the finish line! That is called 2nd place folks :)

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And here come some more finishing up!

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There was even a rainbow!

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As we were walking back to the car after the race we caught the sunset.

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Voyage Through The Week

It’s been a jammed pack week! First I have been house/dog siting all week (back to my house and pups and husband today!!!!!). Got to spend the week with my buddy Oliver (Oli, olister, olinator, Oli van damn, and my favorite OLI-WOOD). It’s been about 12 or 13 years I have been watching Oli. He was just a puppy!!! Amazing how fast time flies!

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Monday Baron developed a cough :( So bright and early we took him to see Dr Steve at Davis Islands Animal Clinic. For you locals, if you are looking for a vet, make Dr. Steve your guy! He is awesome and Baron and Ava love him. Case in point, even though it was Baron’s visit, Ava jumped up on the table tying to get Dr. Steve’s attention!

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Wednesday we got our new fence!!!!!!! BARON AND AVA ARE IN HEAVEN!!!! Pics to come.

While the fence was being put in, I was at the Rays game.  My work treated us all to an afternoon of baseball. An AC’d stadium is pure freaking genius! Not even kidding. It was so hot that I think we all would have melted had it not been ac’d. Plus I think the sting rays enjoyed the AC. Yes, our baseball stadium has sting rays swimming around. We are so Florida! Thanks work for the fun afternoon!

In the tank are sting rays, sorry there are no close ups, I didn't make it up over there to see them.

In the tank are sting rays, sorry there are no close ups, I didn’t make it up over there to see them.

and our seats were pretty good!

and our seats were pretty good!

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Thursday’s I leave work early to make it sailing. This Thursday I left at normal time so didn’t make it to the dock in time. However, it did give me the chance to watch the race from the yacht club and snap some pics of boats coming up to the finish line. Including my crew on Time Bandit!!

 

The boats approaching the last mark before heading to the finish line

The boats approaching the last mark before heading to the finish line

My crew Time Bandit coming up to the finish line!!

My crew Time Bandit coming up to the finish line!!

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There they are!! And my husband waving for the camera!

There they are!! And my husband waving for the camera!

And of course I did a lot of yoga. Mostly in “normal” places:

by the water

by the water

by a tree, doing tree

by a tree, doing tree (this is also Day 2 of the challenge with Erin Motz, see more on that below).

Then there were some random places:

on the breakfast bar in an RV (posts to follow about the RV)

on the breakfast bar in an RV (posts to follow about the RV)

For this next one, it is for a yoga challenge on Instagram. This is the first one I have done and here’s why it appealed to me. First it is by Erin Motz, she is my FAVORITE yoga teacher. She did the 30 day Yoga Challenge and she also did the Kickstarter with MyYogaPro.

What I liked about her challenge is it wasn’t about her posting a pose then everyone doing that pose.

She says it best on her website: “Starting august 1st, ill be hosting the first ever bad yogi instagram challenge to showcase how#badyogisdoit!*** it’ll be 10 days long, and each day i’ll give you a specific theme (like where, when, or with whom) and you tag #badyogisdoit along with your picture entry. you’ll pick the pose, i pick the theme. that way, everyone can participate regardless of how strong, flexible or advanced you are“.

Day 1 was your first time doing yoga. Pick what pose you couldn’t do and now it is a part of your regular practice. I choose Crow. in the beginning it was so hard to do and now I pop into Crow anywhere. Including on top of file cabinets at work (if you look closely you can see downtown Tampa in the background). It isn’t the best quality of pictures and not to mention, it was challenging because the file cabinet was moving around the entire time.

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Seems appropriate I end this post with yoga as I start weekend 5 of my Yoga Teacher Training today!! Holy Crap, it’s already been 5 months!! Today we are doing 2 hours of Ashtanga and tomorrow there are two graduating students to that means two graduating yoga classes. It’s going to be a great weekend in the yoga bubble!

Hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Sailing At It’s Best

Thursday night was AWESOME!!!! After missing last weeks race, we were back out on the boat (YAY!!!). Seriously, nothing better than finishing up a busy day at work then heading out to the water! Although with that said, I actually had a half day :)

When the US was playing in the World Cup, my team had a gauntlet. It’s basically about 4 or 5 hours of us competing for prizes followed by a team happy hour. For this one the happy hour was at a bar to cheer on the USA!

Part of the competition was “Best Dressed”, so we were encouraged to wear our Red, white and blue to show our support.

Well if you know me, you know I love dressing up for themes. I won “Best Dressed” back in October for our Halloween gauntlet, guess you can say I am on a roll with wins ;)

What was the winning outfit for Team USA?

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OK, so I won the “Best Dressed” and the prize was a half day! I redeemed that half day on Thursday so Colin and I had a Day Date!

After our Day Date it was time to head to the dock to go sailing. The perfect night. The weather was great, the wind was great, the crew was great (as always). It was just a great night.

Heading out to the race

Heading out to the race

Hello to the handsome man in the red hat, "How you doin"?

Hello to the handsome man in the red hat, “How you doin”?

Some more pre-race sailing around

Some more pre-race sailing around

Right after we crossed the finish line I turned around and saw the other boats with their spinnakers up. I love that part, such a beautiful sight!

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Coming into the basin around to the dock, the sun was almost gone.

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So glad we aren’t sailing on the Melges 24 anymore, I REALLY like just putting the boat into the slip as opposed to having to head to the floating dock and wait in line to hoist the boat out of the water, (like in the pic below) onto the trailer then pull it over to the dry slip.

Especially on the nights where a storm is rolling in and lightning is bouncing everywhere.

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After the race the crew went to our fav Mexican place for some margaritas (and I had the gauc tacos, kind of obsessed with them at the moment). While at dinner we got a text saying we got 2nd place! WOOT WOOT!!!

Kick Off The Birthday Weekend!

Long time no talk!!

Life has been filled with work (Blah), sushi, yoga, yoga teacher training, sailing and basically pure awesomeness :)

This is what break time looks like in Yoga Teacher Training...Playing in Crow

This is what break time looks like in Yoga Teacher Training…Playing in Crow

Last nights race was so much fun! We got 3rd place!! The last couple of weeks we have been off our usual game (even with a 2nd place finish last week) but last night the mojo was back. Maybe it was the return of Mount Gay Rum to the boat!!

Getting in the zone!

Getting in the zone!

Picture perfect finish!

Picture perfect finish!

Back at the dock!

Back at the dock!

We followed the race with a trip to our favorite Mexican place to kick off my birthday (6/20)!!! Sailing and Margaritas, proper way to kick off the bday weekend!!!

From one of my many favorite Scrubs quotes: It's a Mexican themed Fiesta on the first anniversary of my 29th birthday, that means I'm turning 30. Donde? 56 Walnut Drive! Cuando? Thank you for asking. Ocho thirty until upside down question mark. Sombreros at the door. Rrrrrruuuuuu!!!

From one of my many favorite Scrubs quotes: It’s a Mexican themed Fiesta on the first anniversary of my 29th birthday, that means I’m turning 30. Donde? 56 Walnut Drive! Cuando? Thank you for asking. Ocho thirty until upside down question mark. Sombreros at the door. Rrrrrruuuuuu!!!

Today is my official birthday and I checked off one of my bucket list items!!! That’s right, I went Hang Gliding!!!! It was an EPIC experience. I will have a post up about it later!!!

Getting towed up!!!

Getting towed up!!!

Sailing, Yoga and Rain

This is how my week started…OUCH!!! I had a weight dropped on my toe and I wasn’t able to run all week. This was the nice part of the bruising and swelling. It is still sore but way better than it was last week. Hopefully this week I can get back to running.

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However, I was able to get a couple of rides in!

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I’m stubborn and didn’t want to do nothing so I also went for a couple of morning walk. Which didn’t hurt too much ;)

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Summer is here and the Florida afternoon thunderstorms have been in full effect. This is pretty much how it is here.

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Thursday night we arrived at the yacht club to race just as a storm was coming in. The race was put into postponement to see if the weather passed. The crew stood out on the upper deck watching the storm. At one point they clocked the wind at 40 knots. In the end they ended up calling the race.

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Today another storm was coming in as we got to the club for the Sunday race.

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We thought for sure it would be a wet race but we didn’t get any rain. It was a great race and the weather held out!! Well, it did until we were pulling back into the slip.

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We made it back into the dock before the rain but we didn’t make it to the car in time. Perfect for sitting in the boathouse waiting for it to pass over.

Yoga was another big thing in my week, like always. Working on my hand stands. Slowly it comes along.

With wall assistance

With wall assistance

And without the help of the wall

And without the help of the wall

And to finish off this post, some cuteness :)

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Week In Review (Sailing, Yoga and Cycling Oh My)

I slacked on blogging this week!

Monday morning, 5:45 it was me, my trainer, some music and Trainer Road. We are becoming quite good friends!

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Tuesday I went for a run in the morning. The best part apart running early in the morning, you get to see the sunrise.

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Wednesday was yoga morning was yoga and these guys snaked my mat!! But they are super cute so I let them keep the mat and I practiced on the carpet until they moved.

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Thursday was another session on the indoor trainer. Friday I was supposed to run and do weights BUT I ended up going home sick :( Sucked because I was sick but YAY because I got to spend the day with my husband. Kind of worked out. Not to mention I am feeling much better today.

Pretty much every night this week I was practicing my inversions and studying yoga. So much information to learn!! Still working on the inversion workshop post from this past weekend, should be up either this weekend of beginning of next week.

Also involved in this week: Sushi at my old favorite place. It’s good sushi but not AS good as our favorite place now. It’s pretty hard to even get close to the place we go to now. We go there way to much or not nearly enough depending on how you want to look at it.

Oh, and Thursday there was of course sailing. I only snapped this one pic pre-race. We thought it was going to be a wet ride. Surprisingly it wasn’t. The wind was all sorts of every where. It was a long race, felt like the longest race ever!

We got off the boat when we are usually already done eating chicken wings upstairs. Colin and I decided to skip the wings and go to Taco Bus. BEST. DECISION! Love that place.

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When we got home, my husband had a surprise waiting for me!!!! A new yoga bag! He knew I was looking for a good bag and got me one :) Perfect for yoga teacher training!

This bag is AWESOME! If you are looking for a new bag, check this out. Plus is has a picture of a dog doing Doga, I mean come on, how cute is that!!

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Here are the highlights from the website (yes, there it is a garment bag feature!!!):

• Exclusive design packs like a gym bag, hangs like a garment bag, carries like a mat bag

• 8 separate storage spaces include clothing section, mat sling, 2 divided cargo pockets, zippered phone/I.D. pocket and bottle caddy

• The sleek, modern styling of fine luggage makes Rollpack a great-looking travel companion

• Ultra lightweight – even with all its bells and whistles, Rollpack tickles the scale at a scant 20 ounces

• Fits any mat, including extra long, pro-type/extra thick

Hope you guys had a great week as well! Now off to enjoy this beautiful rainy day!

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Sunday Race

Today we had a Sunday race. Typically a Sunday race is a leisurely race as opposed to our Thursday night races which are more intense. On Thursdays we typically have anywhere from 11 or 12 (on a light night) to 18 or 19. Sundays usually are 11 people.

I bought a co-worker out today under the assumption it would be the usual leisurely Sunday race. “Oh you won’t have to do anything but ride on the rail”. About that…

We ended up only having 7 crew members, 3 of which had never sailed before. Needless to say, we worked hard today! And we made the newbies work too! I love the term “Newbies”, takes me back to Scrubs, which is quite possibly one of the greatest shows ever!

The newbies had a crash course in sailing, that’s for sure. Wind was blowing 10 knots with gusts up to 15 knots.

No pics as I had no time to sneak them. Did get this one post race after we crossed the finish line!

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I was going to write about my inversion training yesterday but I am exhausted. The workshop was awesome! Lots of being upside down :) More about that later!

 

A Picture Perfect Ending

This weeks Thursday night race was a lot calmer than last weeks race (you can read about that here).

Last night we had about 42 boats out there racing and it was blowing about 8 to 9 knots. Blue skies, smiles and some kick ass sailing. I didn’t take any pics until we finished the race so I only have this beautiful sunset to share with you from the finish line.

We ended up in 5th for the night.

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With a view like this, sometimes you don’t care that you didn’t get 1st :)

So far for the season we have places:

Race #1 – 1st

Race #2 – 2nd

Race #3 – 5th

Still plenty more racing for this series!!!