Sunday, September 20, 2009

Imprinting?

Looking like a mother duck and her ducklings, a cruising sailboat tows a gaggle of Optimist dinghies out of Port Madison on a recent evening. Did they imprint on it? Was it the first boat they saw as they left the dock?

The older/more experienced sailors get themselves out of the harbor by sailing. I could not capture all of them at once in the camera because they filled the harbor, but it is like being surrounded by a flock of butterflies - beautiful, graceful and silent.

Actually, sailing is a school sport on Bainbridge Island (boy, that's not the way I remember school!). I don't know if these pictures represent the school sessions, but there was definitely schooling going on. Here is one way to do it: Put an outboard on a dock section, set up a flipchart to make it an impromptu schoolroom, tie the Optimists to it, and take the whole shebang out into the harbor for on-site training.
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1 comment:

Jared and Beka said...

now that would have been a great class when I was in schoo!

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