On the Harbour

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Racing a sailing yacht on Sydney Harbour

Submitted: May 19, 2013

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In the groove .. 

Sails set perfectly 
Watchful eyes gaze windward 
Every knock, each black gust 
sweeping towards us 
Up,up ... 
Now .. 
There ... hold 
Just there ... 

Hold .. hold ...down DOWN ... now 
hold 

Tuned exactly 
each wire 
each halyard 
each setting.. 
perfected for this wind 
on this exact boat 
at 
this 
exact 
time. 

All around other eyes 
gaze towards us 
looking, searching 
for some small 
advantage 

Some small 
mistake 

To be pounced on 
as an 
advantage 

Nose comes round 
edges up 
smothering the 
boat beneath 
wind smooth in our 
sails 
is staccato in theirs. 

Stalling for a second 
their onward rush 

Just enough 
for us 

Just enough to edge ahead 
enough 
so counter measures 
become irrelevant 

And we forge on 
searching for the next 
foe 

In swishing waves 
In spectacular 
scenery 
that washes past our gaze 

With the Sydney sun 
blasting into the landscape 
Casting everything 
into stark brilliant 
searing relief.


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