Tuesday September 19. Along the way of José.

Written by Jack van Ommen on September 19th, 2017

White caps, rain squalls and bent over pine tree tops from the western edge of the northward path of José. Just in time, yesterday, the keel-stepped mast was lowered and the wasted diesel engine removed. The crew at the Cape Charles Yacht center did an excellent job. This was the first time the mast was unstepped since “Mariah” was launched in 1986. FHD0028

I am getting closer to start the repair of the split chine. This takes the weight of the mast off the keel and places it on the part of the boat above the split. The plan is to use a combination of a hydraulic jack and the support stanchions to close the gap.  

Since my previous blog, on the Labor Day weekend, there has been no reason to go back to Chesapeake. I had my physical therapy consultation on the 5th and have a program to do daily exercises.

Last Sunday was the annual parish picnic for the Saint Charles of Borromeo church. My new friends, Ralph and Jeanette, came to get me for the gathering at the nearby Kiptopeke Sate Park. Father Michael Breslin said mass. The parish latino marriage singers accompanied the liturgy and songs in Spanish. At communion they played and sang my very favorite, Spanish/English hymn, because it is so very appropriate in my life style. http://”Pescador de Hombres” or “Lord you have come to the sea shore”, just like I reported in my blog last January 16th from Puntarenas, Costa Rica

I get goose bumps at:

Señor, me has mirado a las ojos
sonriendo, has dicho mi nombre
en la rena, he dejado mi barca
junto a ti, buscaré otro mar

O Lord, in my eyes you were gazing, Kindly smiling, my name you were saying;  All I treasured, I have left on the sand there; Close to you, I will find other seas.

Here is a short video of the six teenagers performing a traditional Mexican folk dance at the picnic.

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