Join Date: Mar 2006
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Yes, it was another "stupid hot" weekend. However due to life's impositions we hadn't had an opportunity to do an overnight on our boat yet, and our new club had a "Crab feast" planned so we decided to suck it up and go even though we knew it would be a hot night for sleeping on the hook.
Saturday, I thought we might get to sail, but once away from the dock I found there was only about 8kts showing while I was motoring almost directly into the wind at 6 knots, so I knew there was almost zero wind and we'd just be bobbing around. I kept hoping the wind would fill, but it never did and we ended up motoring from HHS to Wye river. Then to top the day off, I could not get my Delta to set. This is the first time I even had a problem setting that anchor. The first 2 tries we just drug when we backed down to set, and when it failed and we retrived the anchor, it was clean as a whistle like I drug it down a sidewalk, so I decided to try a different area of the anchorage. On the 3rd try I brought up some leaves and decided to try yet another area, where thankfully, the anchor set immediately and held fast under a good dose of reverse. I chalk it up to the sea gods helping me get "introduced" to the membership of our new club. At least w managed to avoid shouting except a couple of quick directions, despite the heat and unaccustomed difficulties setting the hook. (Did I mentione that I failed to charge the FRS radios we usually use to communicate during anchoring?)
Anyway, we enjoyed meeting a bunch of new folks, but its going to take me a while to get all the names, faces and boats properly organized in my cluttered brain.
Oh yeah, did I mention it was hot? After we returned to our boat, we slept in the cockpit until about 1AM, when it had finally cooled off enough that the v-berth was tolerable with the breeze booster. Thankfully there was a good breeze all night.
Sunday we got an early start before the temps started to climb and motor sailed out from the Wye under main only, until we were able to roll out the genny, silence the "iron genny" and turn to a close hauled course on port across the bay from near the Green #1 at the mouth of Eastern Bay. On the western side, we tacked over to starboard and were able to lay the #1 at HHS, sailing west of the fish traps, so we had a decent sail home to finish up a pretty enjoyable overnight even in spite of the relentless heat this summer.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 07-19-2010 at 08:23 AM.