19 January 2012 | Crew-Texas Why Knot-Wilmington NC
Bligh- almost perfect springlike day
January 17, 2012
Most folks think a vessels’ home port is that port painted on the transom. Technically, that is not necessarily correct. The one painted on the transom is the port of registry and it may or not be the home port and it may or may not even be near the water. The port where based, is the home port. For a cruising boat, where there is no base of operations, the home port coincides with the port of registration thus, in our case, Port Aransas, otherwise known as Port A. Since it has been several months since the crew of Why Knot has been in salt air, we looked forward to our trip this last weekend to visit our home port and our friends there. Port A is vastly different than any other port we have visited thus far and even without the spectacular scenery of the Keys, the Islands of the Atlantic Coast; we know it will always be Home Port to Why Knot. Whether or not she ever clears the jetties again, that will be the case at least under our ownership.
The thing about Port A is that many of our friends who also call it their home port are underway elsewhere on the planet, some in the Gulf, some in the Atlantic, some in the Keys and some even well into the Caribbean Sea. We were fortunate this weekend to run across a few of the cruising crews actually in Port A. That is the ultimate reward of cruising. It is always a treat and one of the reasons cruising is a unique experience.
The other reward on the visit was to simply stand on the beach and face windward into the Gulf. The imagination runs free to think about some things such as the time when, before we left our home port, we would gaze seaward and imagine what’s out there. We often sailed out the jetties into the Gulf for the day only to turn around and head back to port. Even with a perfect day of sailing offshore, it was always a bit of a disappointment to come about and head back in. Having now been out there some, and knowing Why Knot is still out there adds a unique perspective to the visions that onshore sea breeze provided this weekend. The weather was nice and cooperative in recharging the cruising batteries of the soul. It did not take long to visit a few of our favorite Port A places and rekindle the dreams of those days. Our “old slip” is occupied and most of those we knew a couple of years ago have gone but it is as though we never left. But we did. We left and our log books describe those adventures we only dreamed of just two years ago. There is a vast difference between most of those ports and our Home Port yet we will always judge all of them by Port A and the dreams it fostered. We once looked out the jetties and dreamed of other ports. We now know the rewards of taking her to sea is unmatched by almost anything else.
Bear is recovering and we have now started the go box. We have been in contact with other crews we’ve met along the way and most of them are heading South along the AICW. It is the migration which can make the AICW busy at times. We remember how strange it was on a few occasions when we passed a bridge and the tender would say something like “see you next year. “ I am sure they recognize those boats that make the trek every year. We have passed certain parts of the AICW three times now and perhaps some of those bridge tenders remember us.