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Old 06-07-2013   #93
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Just got back from a five-day trip on the Bay. Set out for Norfolk last Saturday with one crew member. Decided not to beat into headwinds once we got out past Annapolis, turned left and spent the 1st night in Tilghman Creek on the Miles river. Thinking that we'd actually head North since the southerly winds were supposed to continue, then be followed by no wind, the next day we ended up turning south anyway and had a mostly pleasant sail to Oxford, though the last bit was quite hairy when a thunderstorm caught up with us right at the entrance to the Tred Avon. Lightning just missed us and struck a daysailer moored off the Strand and it eventually sank. Monday we sailed and drifted and got caught by another storm and sailed, drifted, and motored to a yacht basin on the Patuxent. Tuesday we sailed in boisterous conditions, including a pod of dolphins, down the Bay and around the entrance of the Potomac to St. Mary's city, where we tied up at the dock in front of the college. We were the only boat there. Wednesday we headed back out to the Bay and did an all-nighter, arriving back in the Severn early Thursday morning.

Remind me never to take crew on more than a daysail - things always get sour after a couple of days, it seems. That said, the first couple days were great and we had fine weather the whole trip. And as it turns out, it's good we came back early since we missed being out in all the rain we're getting now.

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