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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Ha, goes to show you how crazy the Bay winds are during the Spring. My breeze was nothing like yours.

I sailed into a gaggle of other boats all with the same idea of going to Annapolis. From the mouth of the West River, to TPL the breeze was incredibly fickle. Anywhere from 0-12 knots, with 90 degree shifts. We were tacking like mad, poking along at 1-3 knots until we got to a windline at TPL.

From there, the wind was from the SE at about 7-8 knots all the way into Annapolis, and back home again until I got near the mouth of the West River. Then, the breeze just died. The water was glass, so I flaked the sails and motored the rest of the way home.

I really need to figure out how to fly my symmetric spinnaker single-handed.
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

I finally got all my stuff put together at 3pm on Sunday - and the winds as mentioned by Chef2Sail were 15-20.

Too much for a 'first' day out.

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I really need to figure out how to fly my symmetric spinnaker single-handed.
Want to go out and play some day?

With respect to wind, the best forecast tool I've found for the Chesapeake is CBOFS: Surface Winds for Forecast Cycle .
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

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That's not a bad idea, but don't I need a working tiller pilot? This doesn't seem well suited to just lashing the tiller.
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use Lat 36 and wind alert for real time wind readings
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Bubblehead, if you figure out that single handed symmetrical flying, I'd like some tips! I've done it... but it was ugly and the winds were VERY light... I doubt I'd try it in anything over 5 knots.
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That's not a bad idea, but don't I need a working tiller pilot? This doesn't seem well suited to just lashing the tiller.
Can meet you in Galesville and talk about it.
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

We took out our brand new 1966Pearson Wanderer last week for the first sail of the season. Wednesday the 18th had very light air in the morning, so we motored from Point Lookout to St Mary 's City. We had planned to do a little boat work, but noticed some ripples while eating lunch and decided to try a sail. Ended up having a great shakedown sail and all systems worked welll.

Thursday brought forecast winds to twenty so we headed upriver with a double reef. Had a great sail up to Piney Point then turned around and beat hard to windward in three maybe four foot waves. It was a yeehaw kind of sail, but we were getting cold, tired, and wet so we fired up the yanmar to finish the trip home. Getting into our slip was another adventure.

Our boat, Margie Lou, performed great and Mindy and I did ok for a couple of old folks. We look forward to getting out on the water again next week.
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Yesterday, "Tardis" and I sailed her newly purchased Pearson 30 from the head of the Magothy River, to her permanent slip in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

I was merely crew/engineer. She was skipper and driver.

Many thanks to T37Chef for his insights into Baltimore, which helped with the trip planning, and helped relieve some of my anxiety, as I have never sailed north of the Bay Bridge before.
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Re: 2013 Sailing Season

Bubble,
You were on the Magothy? At Fairwinds? I was there Saturday looking at a friends boat.
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