A friend and I set off for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which is the starting line for the Great Cheseapeake Bay Schooner Race.
The breeze started out very light at 6 kts, so we double-handed my symmetric spinnaker on a tight reach to Thomas Point Light from the mouth of the West River. After we rounded the light, it was DDW to the bridge.
Once we arrived at the starting line, the only reminders that we were still in the present day, were hulking bridge and a couple of anchored RO-RO's. It was like the set of Pirates of the Carribean.
I shot some video, and we probably took 1,000 still-shots. We're still sorting through them, but I'll post links to my photo sharing site once I've isolated the best ones. We motored around behind the starting line to stay out of the way.
After the race's start, we sailed upwind into a building breeze. Since I'm able to outpoint most of these old gals, we were able to get ahead of them and get some really good shots of Pride of Baltimore
and another boat racing hard and in close quarters.
I think the camera lens perspective doesn't show it, but near Thomas Point Light, it really looked like these two ships were trying to run us down. We weren't pointing high enough to clear the lighthouse, and apparently the tactic these ships employ for tacking is to foot off and build speed just prior to the tack, to carry momentum through the tack, and build speed again.
Last night, a front passed through, changing the wind direction to come from the NW, so I'm sure they had a blast last night, sailing downwind.