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post #188 of Old 07-06-2014
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

This was a beautiful and ideal sailing weekend on the Chesapeake - the kind we're lucky to get a little more than a handful of in any sailing season.

We hunkered down at the marina on Friday and got to know some of our neighbors a little better. Saw gusts of a little over 30 knots in the slip at the height of the Arthur wind mid to late afternoon. Sharon had a full glass of water blow off the cockpit table and one of the gusts created enough of a pressuere differential to blow one of our engine compartment side doors open. In the evening we went to the marina's 4th of July cookout and then back to the boat for fireworks. We had a great view of the Baltimore harbor display from our slip.

Saturday morning we took off in the still brisk winds and had a fun reaching sail out of the Patapsco. Decided to head up to Worton and were able to make it close hauled up the bay until the wind died just south Poole's Island. Motored the last few miles and dropped the hook in the outer anchorage where we had a great view of a bald eagle perched on a tree not too far from us. At dark we saw another fireworks display that must have been at Fairlee.

This morning we took off early and beat our way back down the bay in 12-14 knots. Had a great time doing long tacks back and forth til we got to the Patapsco.

Hope to be out again next weekend as long as the typical July heat and lack of wind don't materialize.

s/v Spindrift
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30
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