On the same day as the Beach to Beacon 10k, I dusted off my sailing skills to crew in the Seguin Sprint 50 mile race from Portland Yacht Club to Seguin Island and back. I joined my good friends Emilie, Melissa, and their father Sandy, on Etos XLII, a J42.
It was a blazing hot August day and there was no wind. For the first three quarters of the race we were floating around in the ocean, bobbing over light swell and dripping in sweat as we tried to get the boat to move faster...
"Pull this line, tighten this thing, let this sail out, what are they doing?, does anyone see any wind?, why are we stalling? where’s the wine?. Time for snacks. …"
Then we saw a minke whale as the sun was setting. What are the chances of that? Maybe chances are great because we were offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Then we saw another whale. And seals.
It was magical, and all of a sudden, we were into the idea of not bailing on this race.
As we rounded the Seguin Island red buoy, the island lighthouse stood in front of us against a cotton candy sky, its little light shimmering quietly and steadfastly. The buoy was blinking so vividly I knew I would paint it. None of our photos got the red light, but the painting will...(stay tuned)
The wind picked up as night fell and our last 18 mile leg was fast and we shot over the water with a full moon above us. We crossed the finish line at midnight in front of Ft. Williams Park.
I couldn’t paint in the moment, but I was already planning the artwork I wanted to make to recapture this night.
I will be adding more for this series, but to start, here is the hot sun, setting into the Atlantic ocean on that day. The photo taken at this moment that I used as a reference was a little lopsided - not because we were tipping or beating, but because the photo was taken quickly. I actually liked the affect, because it felt like how you see things from a boat – often from different, off center angles!
>> Check back to this post later, for a few more paintings from Sequin Sprint Race Day!
You can check out more insights about the art I've made during my Escape to Maine, 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge on Art Notes here.
See the list of locations and corresponding artwork for Escape to Maine, 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge here.