It seems that true summer does not arrive here until WoodenBoat School students start learning the winds in Great Cove.

The Cove is intriguing in any weather; but, during cold and gray winter days when we try to remember the glories of summer, the ice-laden Cove can remind us of a playground that is devoid of equipment or children.

And then, in June, the boats are returned to the water and a day like June 27 arrives -- on-the-water sailing lessons begin at the School.

More specifically, the members and instructors of the Elements of Sailing for Women course went out on that chilly and slightly hazy Tuesday.

They beat into the wind toward Big Babson Island, then circled back through the other boats bobbing at their moorings.

The playground has come alive again. More images follow:

(Brooklin, Maine)