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Tomorrow my baby gets hauled out. Thus endeth my second season of sailing.

I am already feeling depressed by the prospect of 6 - 7 months of being stuck on the hard.

I wish someone had told me how tough it is. This sailing thing gets under your skin in a big way.

Does it get any easier? Do you 'old salts' still feel these pangs of emptiness when the tension increases on the travel lift straps and the last of the season's waters stream from the tip of your keel?

Tomorrow I will be a wreck. I'll have to drown my sorrows with a dram or 2 of Lagavulin.

Sorry to bring you down.


Ach Lad, I'll join yea in a dram or 2. We come out next Tues. I'm headed up this weekend to winterize all the wet oarts and then the weekend after to tuck her in. Pushed as long as possible and went out to Methodist Bay last weekend. It was warm zipped up inside our enclosure and midly cool overnight. Bouns was having the bay to ourselves. Sunday saw a few boats out sailing with S 8 - 10 knots, but we had just pulled the sails down that morning at anchor.
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My (then) 10 year old bought a 7' Ensign sailig dinghy last January. I taught him for 4 weekends then soloed him in February. Would have been 3 weekends, but one of the days had the winds CRANKING, and it was time for a high wind lesson. THen every weekend after that (Or during the week if there were conflicts, we wnet sailing. We had to clear a path through snow and one time even had to break the ice near shore -- that we a trip to PA.

If you miss sailing, get a small, trailerable sailboat, some warm clothes (or wetsuit with a few gallons of hot water in the car for after you come back ashore) and a hot drink in a thermos.

Then.. go sailing!!

Bring a friend or two, the kids, whoever. Take pictures and post them here or send to others.
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Ach Lad, I'll join yea in a dram or 2. We come out next Tues. I'm headed up this weekend to winterize all the wet oarts and then the weekend after to tuck her in. Pushed as long as possible and went out to Methodist Bay last weekend. It was warm zipped up inside our enclosure and midly cool overnight. Bouns was having the bay to ourselves. Sunday saw a few boats out sailing with S 8 - 10 knots, but we had just pulled the sails down that morning at anchor.
I was one of the ones you may have seen on Sunday. (I sail out of Doral).
Even though the winds were not strong, they seemed to be moving around a lot, especially at the mouth of Midland Bay. They also surprised me a couple of times and knocked me past 45 degrees. My poor, enduring wife has a nasty bruise to show for it. We got back to the dock at around 3:00 and took down the sails and pressure washed. We tried to sail a bit on Saturday, but the wind didn't oblige for long.

Last weekend (Thanksgiving) was fantastic (there were even mosquitoes out!), but dead-calm. We anchored out at Lost Bay from Saturday 'til Monday. I'll post some pics if I can see my keyboard through the tears.
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Sorry but...

Forecast for Houston, TX (77023)

10-Day Forecast NEW: Larger Radar Maps & No Ads


High /
Low (°F) Precip. %
Tonight
Oct 21 Mostly Clear 63° 20 %
Wed
Oct 22 Partly Cloudy 83°/56° 20 %
Thu
Oct 23 Partly Cloudy 71°/49° 10 %
Fri
Oct 24 Sunny 76°/48° 20 %
Sat
Oct 25 Sunny 75°/52° 20 %
Sun
Oct 26 Sunny 77°/55° 10 %
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Oct 27 Sunny 75°/53° 20 %
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Oct 28 Sunny 76°/55° 0 %
Wed
Oct 29 Sunny 77°/59° 10 %
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Oct 30 Partly Cloudy 77°/58° 20 %
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My (then) 10 year old bought a 7' Ensign sailig dinghy last January. I taught him for 4 weekends then soloed him in February. Would have been 3 weekends, but one of the days had the winds CRANKING, and it was time for a high wind lesson. THen every weekend after that (Or during the week if there were conflicts, we wnet sailing. We had to clear a path through snow and one time even had to break the ice near shore -- that we a trip to PA.

If you miss sailing, get a small, trailerable sailboat, some warm clothes (or wetsuit with a few gallons of hot water in the car for after you come back ashore) and a hot drink in a thermos.

Then.. go sailing!!

Bring a friend or two, the kids, whoever. Take pictures and post them here or send to others.
That sounds like fun to me, but I think the Ski-Do'ers who use the lake in the winter would be a bit put out. Besides I would need some serious retrofitting to make my boat ice-worthy. I have visions of a Shackletonesque episode with Northern Lights in place of Endurance.
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Forecast for Houston, TX (77023)

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Tonight
Oct 21 Mostly Clear 63° 20 %
Wed
Oct 22 Partly Cloudy 83°/56° 20 %
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Oct 23 Partly Cloudy 71°/49° 10 %
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Oct 24 Sunny 76°/48° 20 %
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Oct 25 Sunny 75°/52° 20 %
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Oct 26 Sunny 77°/55° 10 %
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Oct 27 Sunny 75°/53° 20 %
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Oct 28 Sunny 76°/55° 0 %
Wed
Oct 29 Sunny 77°/59° 10 %
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Oct 30 Partly Cloudy 77°/58° 20 %
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If I were a bastard....

I would have posted the coastal forcast

And BTW, I deserve no respect.....Just an AFOC in Training

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That sounds like fun to me, but I think the Ski-Do'ers who use the lake in the winter would be a bit put out. Besides I would need some serious retrofitting to make my boat ice-worthy. I have visions of a Shackletonesque episode with Northern Lights in place of Endurance.
Fly --- Get an iceboat. I hear those things really move!
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hauled last Tuesday. Plenty to do over the winter. Hoping the shrink wrap will keep it reasonably comfortable until January & Febuary. Take two months off and then back at it in March.
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I was one of the ones you may have seen on Sunday. (I sail out of Doral).
Even though the winds were not strong, they seemed to be moving around a lot, especially at the mouth of Midland Bay. They also surprised me a couple of times and knocked me past 45 degrees. My poor, enduring wife has a nasty bruise to show for it. We got back to the dock at around 3:00 and took down the sails and pressure washed. We tried to sail a bit on Saturday, but the wind didn't oblige for long.

Last weekend (Thanksgiving) was fantastic (there were even mosquitoes out!), but dead-calm. We anchored out at Lost Bay from Saturday 'til Monday. I'll post some pics if I can see my keyboard through the tears.

Passed 4 boats headed out towards Giants Tomb and a few more in outer Penetang and probaly saw you if you were down in Midland Bay.

Thanksgiving, we went from Hope Fri. night to Beckwith West Sat. to Beckwith East Sunday, staying away from the overnight wind direction. Only had 1- 5 other boats with us each night. Hard to believe we were in t-shirts and shorts only 1 weekend ago and tonight is -10 C windchill.


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