Last week I went to Phoenix, AZ, on Holiday. Spent time with my folks and also met up with my friend Gary for a day. Had a wonderful time sailing on Lake Pleasant under a fair sky and with fair wind.
Returning to Colorado I find that Winter has come in force.
The temp was about 25 degrees this morning. As I type this post the reported temp is 11 degrees. The forecast low tonight is for -7 Fahrenheit, with the high on Tuesday a sweaty zero degrees. When this all ends there should be 6″ of new snow on the ground.
The reality is work continues like any other day … though during a really large storm Matt & I hide the fire axes.
Being the first day after a Holiday I’ve spent a good amount of the day returning phone messages and emails. In addition I’ve put some planning effort into the upcoming Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan (Jan 16-18 ’15) and the Strictly Sail Miami Show (Feb. 12-16 ’15). I have also been confirming shipping dates for Sage 17 parts ordered before my week away.
Matt is busy putting the final touches on a Sage 17 that will have deck and hull joined in a few days. He has also been putting together trophies for the Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan. (Posts and detail pictures to come on trophy making and boat decking.)
The Sage Marine shop is well heated so inside jobs are not a problem. When the weather cold and snowy coordination is needed with Mother Nature. I have installed and raised Sage 17 masts in sub-zero temperatures. Yes, warm gloves and a good jacket are required. I have also assembled a boat trailer when the thermometer bottoms out.
The most challenging weather related item is wind. Summer, Winter, hot or cold it isn’t safe to raise and lower a mast when the wind is blowing hard and gusting.
The reality of winter weather in Golden is it doesn’t stay bitter cold for long. In a few more days the temps will be up in the 40s with full Rocky Mountain sunshine.