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Fireworks Mother Nature style
We'll the 4th became the day we did our first sail on our new to us Catalina 36. The delivery Captain got her into the slip on Tuesday and the wife and I drove down on Wednesday to put our stuff on board. We didn't get to the boat until after lunch and the wind had died buy the time we had every thing squared away. We did take the boat out to practice docking at the pump out and in and out of our slip repeatedly. We then motored over to the closest marina to fuel up.
The winds were perfect on Thursday, but I had sprained my back at work the week before and I woke up barely able to move on Thursday. I really wanted to sail but the more I moved around the more I became convinced it was not a good idea so we just hung out at the docks and worked on a few things.
When Friday rolled around though the back was much better and we got out and sailed a ways up the Rappahannock before turning around to head out around Stingray Point into the Piankatank River and anchored in Godfrey Bay directly across from Fishing Bay since the winds were forecast to be out of the south/southwest. The winds were pretty light but we really enjoyed our first sail on our new boat.
As we came around Stove Point just shy of our planned anchorage, it became apparent the forecast wasn't holding up and we were about to get hit by a pop up thunder shower. I quickly furled the genny, dropped and tied up the main and fired up the iron genny. Moments later lightning was cracking all around us, gusts were laying the boat over 20 degrees and the rain dropped the visabilty to about 200 yards max perhaps less. It was a pretty intense experience for us. I sent the wife below and she kept and eye on our makeshift Seaclear chartplotter helping me keep the boat pointed towards the channel marks. We were able to round the last marks and enter more open water, just about the time the storm played out. We were anchored before the next wave came through, but we must have swung 360 on the anchor 5 or 6 times during the course of the evening. That gave me a good deal of confidence in our Delta anchor. I actually had a hard time getting it free the next morning.
Anyway, as evening slipped into night and things settled down we had a 360 degree fireworks show from the several towns at different compass points plus lightning in the far distance. Quite a show and a trip we'll remember for a lifetime.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 07-08-2008 at 08:56 PM.