So this morning I hauled up the anchor and started to head out onto the Bay.
A sailor was on his foredeck and was waving vigorously at me.
I couldn't help but notice that the other boat was also a Hunter. Maybe the guy wanted to acknowledge my exquisite choice in vessels?
I saw a Polish courtesy flag fluttering from the spreader. Perhaps his exuberant gesticulations were common in his Eastern European homeland.
Regardless of his motives I was moved by this display of nautical camaraderie - so much so that I returned the salutation. And I'm not talking the discrete finger wiggle or halfhearted hand flip: I mean I went to town with a full-arm-extension-from the shoulder 180° arc, including a broad smile to boot!
The recipient of my uncharacteristic but heart-felt response continued to wave in what seemed an increasingly frantic, and apparently incoherent manner.
It was at this point that I recognized that he hadn't been waving to me at all....
The waving sailor was hauling up his
anchor while giving hand-directions to the person on his helm.