Monday, May 2, 2011 was the first day of the time-share sailing season begins. This season we have 10 captains instead of 9 sharing this boat this year. The first few days no one took the boat out, so the boat moored at the deck alone and be sad. I took the advantage of open slots and went sailing with my wife on Thursday.
We arrived late at nite on Wednesday. Moved our stuff on board. Despite the darkness, I felt good about condition of the boat. It was sparkly clean and smelling fresh. Woke up in the morning and go on the deck, everything was so shinny and clean. We set off without a hitch from our slip despite a stiff wind . On our way to the Bay from where we are at Back Creek, there was a sailing boat anchored in the middle of the narrow channel. I proceed with caution and suddenly realized a electrical cable running from his boat to the other side (northeast side of the creek) of the sailboat there. I immediately slowed down my boat and took a sharp turn to starboard. The water is shallow as our boat edge passed inside the green makers.
Well, a little excitement wouldn't hurt and as it reminds me to be alert. The wind was blowing hard at 13 to 18 knot from northwest and the sun was bright. It was a perfect day to kick off the first day of sail of the season. We were doing great with 6 to 8.5 kn SOG. It was faster than our hull speed. I guess the current was pushing us along.
As we sailing south toward Knapps Narrows, the sea became rough and wind was blowing 20 to 28 kn. Wifey got sick so I decided to turn around. It was too much wind I needed to reduce the sails to keep the keeling under control. As I passed Thomas Point Lighthouse, the wind was just blowing direct from Annapolis. Wifey was still not doing well, so I dropped the sails and motor to Annapolis. It took me 4 trials to get into the slip single handed. The 15 kn wind is blowing beam reach on my port side, I believe there was some current too. The good thing was no one is watching or videotaping.
We packed, hosed off the deck, and lock her up and then we went out for dinner. As a part time sailor, the time-share arrangement works very well for us.
Here are a few photos and video clip.
YouTube - 110505 First Sail in 2011.MOV