5/16/21 Sunday

She had a name actually, I just didn’t tell anyone.

There’s a restaurant that sits up on a hill in Big Sur, California, that has a large patio with an expansive view of the sea. The afternoon sun scatters sparkly diamonds of golden light across endless waves of the bluest blue. Back in the day the prices of the food were too expensive for me to afford, so when I was a teenager my girlfriend and I used to sneak sandwiches and drinks out on to that big patio and gaze for hours out to the curved horizon. The name of the restaurant is the Spanish word for window, a portal through which the world seems a brighter, calmer, more peaceful place to be.

Her name was Ventana. / Fair winds
Fair winds and following seas to the boat who saved me.

Author: Rainey What started out as chicken scratch notes on the back pages of my boat’s logbook has now grown into a blog. These words and images help me cope with a loved one struggling with mental illness, and they help guide me through divorce, and the process of moving on. Thanks for reading along as I learn about life the hard way, do the best I can for my son in my new role as a single dad, and find weird similarities between restoring an old blue water sailboat and putting the pieces of my own life back together. Come check out my story and feel free to say hi!

7 thoughts on “Sold”

  1. That’s a beautiful name for a boat Rainey. I’m Spanish so I’m biased. Big Sur!! That brings memories for me too of a family holiday we did a few years back. Stunning road and drive. End of another chapter in your life but as they say when one ventana, I mean puerta, closes another one opens. Excited to see where this new chapter will take you. Best wishes for a new beginning R! X

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    1. Thank you, I can’t believe you’ve been to Big Sur – you’re a real world traveler! Anyway I too am excited and we’ll see where this adventure goes.


  2. This is a good thing…and a sad thing.
    They are racing without me tonight (I’m dry docked by a ‘burst fractured’ vertabra). Add my husband’s health problems and sooner or later we will have to sell. We all have to sell a boat we loved. And selling is better than watching her decay. May she bring joy to her new owners. ❤

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