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Sunday
Jul062014

Racing to the Finish by Bob Kimberly

The following entry is an email, picture, and poem from Bob Kimberly.  Enjoy! -editor

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it back to help you celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Neenah-Nodaway.  Having raced there from 1936 through 1965, I have many fond memories (and some exciting ones too) of those years and the friends I raced with and against.  Give my best to anyone who's there from that era, and best wishes for continued great sailing.

 

I'm attaching a copy of one of my poems.

 

Sincerely,  Bob Kimberly 


 

When I pass the picture

hanging by the door  

I see my boat in full sail

and relive that moment.

 

We’re racing toward the finish

in a ten knot breeze

with the big chute flying

when a puff shifts to the beam.

 

Surging ahead

the boat and rigging

respond to

the wind and waves.

 

I push the tillers over

to keep my boat

upright and under

the pulling spinnaker.

 

Pausing there by the door,  

I can feel again how I loved

those days on the water.

-Bob Kimberly  December, 2008

Reader Comments (1)

What were the names of your crew that day and what was the date ? Poem and photo .. wonderful ... the summer days I remember on the lake growing up in Neenah ahhh.(1958 to 1985)

Alison (Hardie)Reinarz

November 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Hardie Reinarz

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