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Old 12-02-2013
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Our Meetup group (ASC) had a two-boat raftup this weekend on the Rhode river, me and another member with a Swan 44. There was only about an hour's worth of wind on Saturday and it was rather cold. Sunday was sunny and warmer and I was able to sail about halfway home once the wind kicked in after passing Tolly Point. I was surprised to find that my boat was able to steer herself with only the genoa up - I guess because the wind was light enough to push the boat only so much. I posted a video here.

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Went sailing on Sunday with my brother, visiting from out of town. Beautiful day, nice steady breeze, and only a wee bit chilly....
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

See, this is why I buy extra jugs of anti-freeze.
Forecast for the weekend, is pushing 60F, with a fair breeze. I'm going sailing. I'll re-winterize the engine when I get back.
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Glad I kept my boat in the water so far. Sailed yesterday on the Winter Solstice with 10-15 knots, gusts to 25, predicted for the Northern Neck area. Highest gusts recorded was 24.1 knots in Lewisetta at 2 p.m. I definitely felt them on the Rappahannock River where I went out on a beam reach with full main and #3, occasionally overwhelmed by gusts and weather helm, then closed hauled back to Urbanna Creek:
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

We headed out of town Friday after work to see families for Christmas. I'm sure my mother was glad we already pulled Cordelia, otherwise family time would have been cut short.

Heading to the canvas shop tomorrow to pick up my new Bimini.
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

^^ Ooooh, new canvas. Jealous!

My friend Jess and I, set out around 0930 on Saturday. Conditions in the river, ranged from "mild to wild". When that warm air from land, collided with the cold air over the water, it made for very shifty, gusty conditions. I knew this would be the case, so I played it conservative, and ran with a reef and my 100% jib.

We'd be sailing on a beat, with a warm breeze from the WSW on our faces, and suddenly, we'd be reaching with an ice cold breeze blowing over our shoulders.

Conditions in the Bay, were more stable. Wind was fairly southerly, and felt warm on our backs, as we sailed to Annapolis. On this point, the small sails felt underpowered. Although Raymarine does not recommend having their tiller pilots drive DDW, I did it anyway, to see what the tiller pilot could handle. It turns out that it did a fine job, and we had a relaxing trip to the EYC in Annapolis.

I'm 95% sure, that I passed Jeff_H on his way out. We exchanged waves.

We briefly butted against EYC's piers and grabbed an item that was waiting for me there. We observed friend out sailing in their Capri 25, so we gave chase to wave and say hello on our way back home.

At this point, the wind really seemed to pick up, and was ice cold. We bundled up in our foulies, and beat home in a tall, short chop. On this point, the small sails were a good choice. Actually, I kind of wonder if the 130% would have given me more power to get through the chop, but at least we were stable, and making 5.5, close hauled.

We arrived shortly after dark, with no problems. Next time, a thermos of hot coffee might be in order.

It was a good respite from the 20's we've been experiencing.
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Leaving in a bit for a short-haul delivery. Not much wind and the fog is pretty thick. A well. Deliveries have schedules. *grin*
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Well, winter just got here and I'm already thinking about planning vacation days for sails next year... Going to be a long couple months, I'm afraid.

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