Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
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Yesterday, Tuesday 9/15 was a stunning afternoon.
I have been busy the last few weeks and have only sailed a few times since the first of August. I was out for a while on Sunday but when the weather report for yesterday (Tuesday, 9/15) was warm, no rain, and some wind I decided to ditch work plans and go sailing.
OK, so the wind was only 5-10 knots North switching to South in the afternoon, but it wasn't too hot either. We (I was able to twist my brother's arm to join me) left the dock at 11 am. And immediately hoisted sails in the anchorage area of West River. We tacked twice and the second time we were able to tack out the narrow channel on a port tack. As we cleared the narrow channel we turned to the East to make the Red #2 on West River and we noticed the wind shifted a bit. We were still on a port tack, just not as close hauled as before. We sailed out of the river and into The Bay, all still on a port tack. As we sailed NE the wind began to die. We waited a few minutes and it started again only more from the East. We sailed on, still on a port tack. As we continued to sail the wind continued to shift and we were now sailing SSW on a port tack. We made over a 180° turn without changing our point of sail... At about 2 pm we decided to tack over to starboard and headed toward Eastern Bay and an hour later we gibed to head home. We broad reached across The Bay and as we entered West River the wind picked up to a steady 8-12 knots and we sailed all the way back to the turn into Galesville. We had a great time, sailed about 24 nautical miles and felt like we were stealing being just one of the few boats out on such a beautiful day, even if the winds were light...
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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