Sailing on the Hudson River, off Norrie Point
Coming bow across the wind
helm s/he sees wind-torn water
boiling South and bending
waves over bowsprit.
Fast progress, too fast,
lee shore approaching until
at speed we veer up,
cross the wind: we tack.
Fast heeled to upright
jib flies over, snaps rock hard
full open, followed by our main
we hang, poised before wind.
Push! over we heel,
Holding course, holding fear,
counter-steer lest bow blow too far
off and wobble, crazy current!
A holding tack at best,
Hudson tide runs, ebbs
progress tacks give way
as does the wind
until, beaten across hard water
we reach our next tack
laughing with the wind.
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