One may draw parallels between these works of literary genius and today, and ask, “Will our Winter be one of discontent?” There are plenty of reasons to think that many people around the Bay will suffer this Winter from disease, disharmony, and disparity.
Yet we can also draw upon countless other writings and real life examples that take a less pessimistic tack: challenges met, achievements honestly attained, contentment found. We need look no farther than the Sausalito writing studio of Isabelle Allende to find A Long Petal to the Sea (2019) and read about the “ship of hope.” Other Sausalito novelists such as Amy Tan and Ciji Ware have created uplifting story lines.
The story at Call of the Sea is not a work of historical fiction. In recent weeks, we sailed safely with cohorts of students on schooner Seaward, hosted Marin City youth after school, sent girls aloft, took passengers of all ages on heritage sails, and even had brigantine Matthew Turner featured in the centerfold (G rated, of course) of the Marlinspike magazine. Ours were the only tall ships sailing regularly on the Pacific Coast. None of this could have been achieved without the continued support of volunteers, donors, crew, and others booking passage and spreading the word.
We now approach the Winter having achieved what many thought could not be done. We are coping with the twin challenges of Covid and limited finances. As a result of our performance this Fall, we gained a measure of confidence that we can sustain our programs.
One particular performance deserves special mention. On November 8, as Matthew Turner rounded Point Blunt toward the lee side of Angel Island, an ominous violet wall beat toward the ship. Tumultuous whitecaps churned up. A double rainbow stood out against the dark cloud.