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High Speed Morgan 33 O.I....

Made the fastest trip down the bay since I've been sailing, which is coming up on 7 years. Winds from the northwest at 15 to 20, some higher gusts, and a dirty boat bottom. (yeah, they get cruddy in the Susquehanna River too!)

We left Owens Marina in Perryville, MD at 11 a.m. and arrived at the entrance to Worton Creek, MD at just after 2:30 p.m.. Made a 15 minute stop at Tidewater Marina for gas during that time, the average speed was 6.9 MPH, with a top speed of 10.1 MPH. The recorded average speed, however, was only about 5.6, mainly because it included time at anchor prior to shooting the photo. The boat never heeled more than 7 degrees during the entire trip, even with some incredible gusts.

Met up with Donna and John Ferron at the back end of Worton Creek, which is totally protected from winds in nearly every direction. Had a couple Green Coconut Margarettas, hit the sack about 10:30 and slept like a log. Motored home, though, mainly because the wind didn't come up in the upper bay till about 3 in the afternoon. When it did come up it was really woofing along.

Now, I figured that no one would ever believe a Morgan 33 O.I. would go this fast, therefore, I shot a photo of the GPS trip page, which cannot be modified by the user. It is what it is. The total time, however, includes all stops, plus time at anchorage prior to shutting down the GPS. The last 10 miles of the trip was covered in record breaking time, lots of 8.5 to 9.2 MPH speeds during that segment.



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Re: High Speed Morgan 33 O.I....

Saturday was a great day sailing! We were consistently in the 7 knot range with occasional 8+ too as we sailed from Swan Creek to Annapolis! You really benefited from the current boost in the upper Chesapeake. We too had to motor home to Rock Creek but found wind as we rounded Rock Point, too late to set sail. Great weekend, none the less. We had a great sail over to Swan Creek Friday night; beam reach across the Bay. Best weekend in a while!

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Re: High Speed Morgan 33 O.I....

I believe you Gary.

I sailed from the Rhode River to St. Mike's in under 4 hours. Upwind, broad reach, upwind and DDW. I hit 8.3kts SOG several times on the broad reach and maintained over 6.1 kts on the upwind legs. I flew the #2, with a reefed main. The Pearson 30 is just built for that stuff, and I loved it.

I sailed right to the anchor drop in Fog Cove, only using the engine to back down and set the anchor. Late Sunday morning, I sailed right off the anchor, not using the engine. I mean, does it get any better than that? As I sailed out, there was a log canoe race going on, and a Skipjack coming in under sail. I got some great photos that I'll try to post tonight.

The rest of Sunday was a slow ride home in a fickle, 5kt breeze that was dead on the nose the whole way. I didn't tie up until 9pm.
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Chuckles---say goodbye to those speeds
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Re: High Speed Morgan 33 O.I....

Already did C2C - Patience Two left my dock this morning for the last time.
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Re: High Speed Morgan 33 O.I....

Here are some photos of my weekend at St. Mike's:

Reaching quickly across the Chesapeake:


Sunrise at anchor:


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Made the fastest trip down the bay since I've been sailing, which is coming up on 7 years. Winds from the northwest at 15 to 20, some higher gusts, and a dirty boat bottom. (yeah, they get cruddy in the Susquehanna River too!)

We left Owens Marina in Perryville, MD at 11 a.m. and arrived at the entrance to Worton Creek, MD at just after 2:30 p.m.. Made a 15 minute stop at Tidewater Marina for gas during that time, the average speed was 6.9 MPH, with a top speed of 10.1 MPH. The recorded average speed, however, was only about 5.6, mainly because it included time at anchor prior to shooting the photo. The boat never heeled more than 7 degrees during the entire trip, even with some incredible gusts.

Met up with Donna and John Ferron at the back end of Worton Creek, which is totally protected from winds in nearly every direction. Had a couple Green Coconut Margarettas, hit the sack about 10:30 and slept like a log. Motored home, though, mainly because the wind didn't come up in the upper bay till about 3 in the afternoon. When it did come up it was really woofing along.

Now, I figured that no one would ever believe a Morgan 33 O.I. would go this fast, therefore, I shot a photo of the GPS trip page, which cannot be modified by the user. It is what it is. The total time, however, includes all stops, plus time at anchorage prior to shutting down the GPS. The last 10 miles of the trip was covered in record breaking time, lots of 8.5 to 9.2 MPH speeds during that segment.



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Gary
What's this Gary!?? I thought you told me you were going to sail your girl down to the keys. Turn my back, and you put her on the back of a truck!! Some guys have no morales, I tell ya!

Good post, my friend. Look forward to seeing you in the keys.

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Re: High Speed Morgan 33 O.I....

Brian,

I'll be leaving here in in the old girl in just under two weeks. I'm looking forward to meeting up with you.

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Re: High Speed Morgan 33 O.I....

Gary!! You ARE heading south this year? Yay you! And fair winds.

We're hunkering down in Annapolis for the winter (ugh), then enjoying exploring the Chesapeake next summer, rebuilding the kitty in preparation for a 3-year cruise next year. Redid the bottom this summer and we're FAST and happy now ... amazing what removing 12 years of bottom paint can do for your speed.
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