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keep ‘er footin’

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by

That headline is an obscure reference probably only one person still in my life would get–it has to do with a skipper on a racing sailboat, something they called an Ensign back in the day, who used to exhort his crew to “keep ‘er footin'” when they were on an upwind leg. “Footing” referred to the ability to sail faster by dropping a bit off the wind, taking the chance that even though your line to the mark in a race wasn’t as tight as the boat next to you you’d make up the time in faster hull speed.

It almost works here, too.  Our indefatigable builder, Leon, and his superintendent Myron have done a bangup job of keepin’ us footin’.  The house is only 10 days old, as far as construction goes, and we have our footings.  (Another word meaning there–see number 3–but still sort of applicable.)  Which are, for those of us who are ignorant of construction terms, the very basis of the house; the foundation to the foundation, as it were.  The hard parts that dig into the dirt, like your toes would into the sand if you were walking on the beach.

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2 Responses to “keep ‘er footin’”

  1. Michael says:

    Hey! I sailed on a Pearson Ensign when I had a boat in Toms River, NJ. Gretch used to race small boats on the Potomac. Then we lived aboard for a while. Everyone asks us, don’t you miss sailing living in Durham. The answer is yes but…

    ‘moving right along over there. You couldn’t ask for better weather.

  2. Laura says:

    Very cool! We have to come see you…I’m thinking of getting a Laser to sail on Jordan Lake.

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