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Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Since there was no breeze on Saturday, I helped a friend with his engine.

I sailed on Sunday with a friend who was looking for some fine-tuning tips. We got into a casual race with some guys on a Catalina 30. One of those mutual "nod and we're off" kind of things. I think my buddy really liked it.

Today, I took a Navy buddy and his girlfriend out today in 20 solid knots of breeze. Reefed main, and the #2 jib to keep things "polite". 6.5 knots upwind, and the knot meter banging 8.5 downwind. In spite of the stiff breeze, there was very little wave action, so I got to enjoy the boat making a full head of steam without pounding into a chop. We sailed within 50 yards of my slip before I was forced to use the engine to get us in.

Three times now, I've seen brown pelicans near Thomas Point Light. This is highly unusual, as confirmed by the West River Riverkeeper. I'm hoping it's an omen of a mild winter.

Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168
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