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"ride the wind" by flylikeaneagle



"I'll teach you how to ride the wind."

I met an old Salty Dog who was missing teeth at a liquor store. He invited me to sail on Lake Ray Hubbard, Heath, Texas.

"Bring your boyfriend and sunscreen. Join me on Sunday at the Rush Creek Yacht Club."

I told John about the invitation. We met down at the waterfront with a picnic basket of snacks, drinks, and sunscreen. Sam was securing his ropes on his sailboat, "Skipper."

"Come on board, mates. I'll teach you how to sail. I don't want any dead weight aboard." He laughed as we boarded. "You're just in time. The wind is picking up."

We motored out of the dock and then coasted on the lake. Sam explained the ropes, sails, and terms about his sailboat. The bow was the front of the boat while the stem was the back. Left was port, and starboard was right.

The sunlight was bright. The temperature was in the nineties. It was a perfect day for our first lesson. John and I learned how to tie a figure eight knot, secure the ropes, and duck when the
boom shifted from side to side. Sam pointed the sails into the direction of the wind and skillfully jibed, turned the sailboat. I secured the rope lines on the starboard side and John secured his lines on the port. The wind created a lift on the jib, forward sail, and the mainsail. We experienced the heeling, leaning on the side when we sped up.

"Notice those sailboats to the starboard. I know every one of those sailers. They are practicing for the Regatta Race. They follow the buoys for their round or triangle course. These races are exciting to watch on Wednesday nights."

"Are you sailing in these races, Sam?" We watched as they gracefully glided in the wind.
Each sail had colorful designs.

"I'm one of the many judges in the race committee. Racing is in my blood."

"Thank you for teaching us, Sam. This is an amazing experience riding the wind."

"I like the coolness of the air, it's like a personal air conditioner," John replied as he snacked on a sandwich.

"It's peaceful out here on the lake." I handed the guys sodas. "Cheers!"

John and I sailed with Sam on Sundays. We learned how to point the sails into the wind and spin the boat. We enjoyed watching the Regatta Races. It was a fun summer on Lake Ray Hubbard, Heath, Texas. We had our wedding reception at the Yacht Club. Our photographers shot photos of us in front of the sailboats. It was a wonderful time thirty years ago.






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Ray Hubbard Lake and the Rockwall-Forney Dam (at 32-48' N, 96�??�?�°30' W) are on the East Fork of the Trinity River in the Trinity River basin about fifteen miles east of Dallas on the Dallas-Kaufman county line. The dam is owned by the city of Dallas. The project was constructed by the S. and A. Construction Company and the Markham, Brown and M. C. Winter Construction Company to supply water to Dallas. Construction was started in 1964 and completed in 1969. Ray Hubbard Lake is formed by an earthfill dam some 12,500 feet long.


Since 1969, when Rush Creek Yacht Club was founded on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, it has been a landmark for yacht racing in the Dallas area as well as the Southwestern region of the US. The North Texas Sailing School is located at the Rush Creek Yacht Club on the east shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, renowned in the Dallas area for ideal sailing conditions. Lake Ray Hubbard is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and is conveniently accessed via Interstate 30. It covers approximately 23,000 acres and 111 miles of shoreline at an average depth of 30 feet.
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