The assignment for this week was to write a short photojournalism story, bring 6 photos to support it, then pick one photo which best represents your story. I was not thrilled about writing the story so please excuse that part and pay attention to the photos.
I chose to write about sailing. It was a huge sacrifice to get outside, play on the lake, take pictures, and enjoy the company of friends (read sarcasm).
“Say ‘maiden voyage’ to the crowd at Lake Lewisville and ears perk up. Most of the sail boats have long since had their initial flight with the sea. But the community of boating enthusiasts on this shore has a passion for sailing on vintage Hobie Catamarans. This warm spring afternoon, Gunner, proud new owner of an 18 foot Hobie Cat, set sail. As the beautifully colored sails burst forth with the wind, Gunner was cheered on by an excited community.
Everyone on the shore that day watched as the wind blew into the sails, taking Gunner on a journey. Questions were asked, “How does she ride?” “How did you like it?” Even though these small sailboats hold one or two people, it is no individual sport. The camaraderie at the lake was something to stop and awe at. Even as I approached this glorious boat to set sail the entire community jumped in to encourage me. Take this life vest. Here, wear my gloves. I was equipped.
Not my first time on sail boat, I still felt different that day. Who owned this boat before? What kind of community was surrounding these sails in the past? Who once rode on these hulls? Gunner may never know these answers, nor I. Yet as I watched this boat pull out of the water and saw the caring hands take care of this Cat’s needs, I again stood in awe of a community with a passion not just for a boat, but each other.”