Race week has been a part of my life for two decades but this year hubby is sitting it out, going back to his roots of puttering with small boats. He's done the Marblehead, St. Pierre Miquelon races and several regattas around the Maritimes but has decided to hang up his big boat sailing for enjoying the smaller craft.
Race week is a younger man's sport anyway. Early mornings, boat prep, long days in the heat or driving rain, getting beaten up by stumbling from port to starboard and back, loosing your balance and tumbling, pulling on ropes, skinning shins and other various boat bites, sunburn and aching bones. And then it's party central every evening with too much drinking, eating, then grabbing some ZZZ's and back at it the next day. Male bonding, salt air and rum soaked sweat...arrrr! Four or fives days of this and one needs a vacation to recover before entering back into a landlubber routine. This is the first year hubby opted to stay home. I can't say I'm upset as that week was always chaotic, upsetting our rather tranquil lifestyle. There comes a time when every man needs to stop playing hard and live a life that doesn't leave bruises or crippled joints.
A passion for the sea runs in hubby's veins. He's been sailing since a small boy when his father bought him a Flying Junior. His influence is responsible for my love for all things nautical and he actually came up with the name of my company of Encompassing Designs because I started this venture creating compass rose patterns. The name was perfect and grew with me, encompassing all that I would do.
Sue Cunningham did a great job on the Race week design above. The lettering along the top and bottom is the nautical alphabet from A-Z. Sue used a blue plaid with a spec of green for the entire background that pops out the boats.
Below is the compass rose that inspired my company's name. Called "Sunny Day", this was the first in my line of compass rose patterns. I hooked it in basic colours, as is finds from Frenchy's. This picture doesn't do the rug justice as the colours are dull or altered. I've used nautical gold and reds with vibrant blue and a bold teal. The rug is now dulled downd from being my German Shepperd's favorite resting spot and back in the day when this rug was hooked I didn't have the best camera so this poor quality photo is all I have.