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My son and I, along with one of his friends, spent last weekend sailing on the Chesapeake. There was a great breeze that made for fun sailing. As usual, we came across a wide variety of nice boats out on the Bay, and up in the anchorage where we spent the night. I just thought I'd post a few photos of some of the boats we saw along the way -- sort of a mini-boat-show. I can't remember whether it is best to put captions before photos, or vice-versa. I put the captions first, sorry if I got it wrong. Also, apologies for the grainy photos, our camera is not exactly professional grade (nor is the operator).

We sailed right past a brand new IP SP Cruiser, but I didn't have my camera handy at the time. We typically see lots of IPs out on the Bay, they are popular here despite JeffH's selfless efforts to irradicate them. Here's an Island Packet 29 or 31, I think, motorsailing:



We also passed a Kaiser Gale Force 34, sans mainsail:



Fans of the Alerion boats might appreciate these (sorry Giulietta), of the 28 reefed down smartly (although I do notice the lazyjacks could be adjusted better):




We passed this pretty ketch with a wooden coachroof (maybe she was all wood?), but I grabbed my camera too late to catch her attractive (to me) clipper bow:



We usually see a fair number of multi-hulls on any given day. ChucklesR will like this one, one of several Gemini 105Mc's at our marina:


Maybe SailingDog can ID this trimaran for us. It has an unusual free-standing, rotating rig, with a continuos fixed boom for the mainsail that also extends forward of the mast for the jib (sorry about he photo quality, it was far away):



Before taking you into the anchorage, here's a photo of our shantyboat underway. It was nice sailing, single reef, partially furled genoa. On the close-hauled upwind return leg, we hit 6.9 knots on the GPS, towing a dinghy, with windage from two kayaks on deck (note that they are color coded for port/starboard), and with two youngsters minding the helm:



At anchor, we saw several nice boats, too. Here, in order, a targa-equipped Malo 39(?), a sleek J130, and another clipper bowed H.T. Gozzard 36:




Another boat at anchor that aroused my curiosity was this cruiser from Australia. I hailed the owners and in response to my question about whether the boat was fibreglass or aluminum, he replied "Timber". I couldn't tell if he was kidding me. They were busy and not particularly chatty, but he added that the boat is over twenty years old and said it's from the board of a New Zealand designer. That's all I got -- maybe someone from Downunder will recognize the boat/design and enlighten us:




Well, that's it for the in water "boat show". I hope you enjoyed this diversion. My son and his friend conned us back to the marina on Sunday after a fun weekend afloat:
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Thanks John - I had to host a Yacht Club chili cook off saturday, and on sunday had a little related nausea so I didn't get my sailing fix in.
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John,
Great pictures, thanks for sharing them. Couldn't help noticeing the crab pots.Was that the Sassafras?
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What a great idea for a thread John, and thank you for sharing with us. This allows us northern "armchair" sailors (due to the impending end of season layup) a chance to see sailboats still enjoying the waters. Well done.

I'm going to have to remember this for next season and take photos of other boats seen during our weekend trips . . . perhaps even a weekly "boatshow" slideshow.
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I'd take pictures if I could see. Maybe the crewperson on the front waving boats out of my way will take pictures during less frantic moments...
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While I'm here, let me head off comments about the Gemini not sailing while all others are...there MUST have been a dang good reason.

John, which marina are you at, obviously northern end of bay. Most of the Gem owners belong to one of two other groups I participate in; I can't make on the name on that one but would like to send them the picture.
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John, thats typical of any given day good for sailing for sure. Lots of double enders on the Bay I've noticed... We've seen allot of Cat and trimarians.. but yet to see one actually sailing! so you actually saw somehthing I've not! I love sailing the Bay. But it is still hard to get used to sailing for miles and miles in 15-20ft of water LOL. Hate the pots that are EVERYWHERE! I always always always try to go round them.. or sail over with the diesel in neutral. I love the saffafras river but as always it's a long way in from the Bay to Georgetown.
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TE Shannon, ChuckleR,

We're upper-mid-bay. We were out sailing just south of Thomas Point Light, and off the mouths of the South, West, and Rhode rivers. The name of that Gemini is in french, "Folie a Deux". I don't know why they weren't sailing, there was a beautiful breeze, but the approaches to our mariina are somewhat narrow and some folks don't bother sailing until they get further out toward the bigger water.

TrueBlue, Thanks for the compliment. Yes, I've recently realized that almost every time we go sailing we pass a greater variety of boats than one can see at the shows. Anyway, we've got another month of reasonably comfortable sailing down here, so I'll try to post more photos in coming weeks for those who are weathering the winter already.
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John, thats typical of any given day good for sailing for sure. Lots of double enders on the Bay I've noticed... We've seen allot of Cat and trimarians.. but yet to see one actually sailing! so you actually saw somehthing I've not! I love sailing the Bay. But it is still hard to get used to sailing for miles and miles in 15-20ft of water LOL. Hate the pots that are EVERYWHERE! I always always always try to go round them.. or sail over with the diesel in neutral. I love the saffafras river but as always it's a long way in from the Bay to Georgetown.
Denise,

Yeah, if you're not used to the shallows it can be unnerving. As for the crab pot warps, we are lucky in that our boat has a skeg-hung rudder with the three-bladed prop in an aperture, so we mostly just ignore them.
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Ah, Folie a' Deux is out of Virginia, Hull 563 Folie a Duex is out of Maryland hull 796, and that one is a 105MC so it must be 796. I'll PM his email address
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