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06-06-2008 12:45 PM
CanDrac
30 knot winds, smoke and a rescue

I love threads like this. We had out Maiden Voyage on our new Beneteau 43 over the Memorial Day Weekend. "30 knot winds, smoke and a rescue" says it all. We have the whole story with videos and pictures on our SeaKnots page (don't think I can embed all that here) but if anyone's interested it's still featured on the homepage of SeaKnots . com.
05-28-2008 12:44 PM
CBinRI
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Originally Posted by CalypsoP35 View Post
CB, did you do the Figawi? Our annual summer kick off is the Hyannis to Nantucket Figawi regatta on Memorial weekend. We had 220 sailboats this year and glorious weather. (Except for about an hour on Saturday when the wind died and shifted and cost me a few places in the race Ar#*&?gh). Sailing back on Monday we had 20 Kts on a beam reach the whole way home. It doesn't get much better than that.

I noticed very few boats in my mooring field. Not sure if it was because Memorial day was a little early this and we've had lousy weather the last few weekends leading up to Memorial or if the gas prices are keeping boats out of the water.
Yes. I had a similar experience with the dead period on Saturday and also had a pretty awful start. But made up some time during the windy periods and had a great time.
05-28-2008 09:50 AM
Banshi I was out on the St. Johns for Memorial Day with my oldest and his wife (her first sail ever) and though we saw a lot of power boats they all seemed to be anchored up close to shore swimming and staying out of trouble. I guess the high cost of fuel kept the motors in the off position. We had a great time and even anchored up ourselves around noon to take in a little swimming. I did notice quite a few boats headed out as we were coming in around 4:30 or so and I saw far fewer sailboats out on the water actually sailing (though I saw a few anchored up near shore) than last weekend.
05-28-2008 09:37 AM
bruceyp Sometimes things just work out....
I started the week ordering all new parts to rebuild my ruined water pump. The parts guy told me that they wouldn't be in till Wednesday this week. I was wondering if I was ballsy enough to sail off the mooring in our crowded marina. But Friday morning he called to say he had all of the parts! By Saturday afternoon I was motoring out for a full afternoon of single handing. Sunday a family sail, the first of the season. And Monday another singlehanding in gusty conditions (my wife wouldn't have liked it that day).
And although I did have a couple of alpha-holes bear down on me at full speed from their giant PB's, and a few kamikaze jet skiers, I took note of one PB guy, who was nice enough to not only make his course alteration early and obvious, but also actually throttled down to eliminate his wake.
A pretty good start to the summer, I think.
BruceyP
05-28-2008 09:19 AM
CalypsoP35
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Originally Posted by CBinRI View Post
Spent the whole weekend on the boat, more or less. Friday, sailed to Hyannis from Newport (8 hrs) wind behind us, gorgeous day, favorable currents. Saturday, Hyannis to Nantucket. Monday, Nantucket to Newport. 10 hrs. 25 to 30 on the nose. But wouldn't have traded it for anything. Summer started early this year.
CB, did you do the Figawi? Our annual summer kick off is the Hyannis to Nantucket Figawi regatta on Memorial weekend. We had 220 sailboats this year and glorious weather. (Except for about an hour on Saturday when the wind died and shifted and cost me a few places in the race Ar#*&?gh). Sailing back on Monday we had 20 Kts on a beam reach the whole way home. It doesn't get much better than that.

I noticed very few boats in my mooring field. Not sure if it was because Memorial day was a little early this and we've had lousy weather the last few weekends leading up to Memorial or if the gas prices are keeping boats out of the water.
05-28-2008 09:00 AM
eryka
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Eryka-

I hope you're anchoring in like 7-10' of water... so they have only chain to find with their props.
S'Dog -- Exactly! I don't get mad, I don't get even, I just watch 'em create their own (bad) luck.

From the security of our slip, we saw lots of bad seamanship, incorrect nav lights, overcanvassed boats, and excess drinking. Er, that is, what we could see through our own excess drinking!
05-28-2008 08:52 AM
RickQuann We spent most of Sunday sailing and it was a-okay, though a bit light on wind. It just felt good to be out on the water. There was a fair amount of boats out and about, both power and sail.
Spent Memorial Day grilling for a family get together. All in all, great weekend, beautiful weather.
05-28-2008 02:50 AM
artbyjody At my marina - I was actually shocked at the number of boats that went out - barely any at all. Most folks just partied at the boat while moored. And for Seattle, was a decent weekend - although forecast was for rain and more rain. Mostly sailboats that went out, and it was interesting watching CG stopping PBs all over... those that ventured out.

I spent it pulling wiring, and installing a new nav station setup (new circuits, panels, etc) in preps of installing a new E-series installation as I thought it would be rainy weekend.
05-28-2008 12:30 AM
jrd22 Spent all of last week and the weekend on the boat. Weather was dry, with a low ceiling. Never saw any other boats close by and it was so calm that the boat never even moved. Should be moving it out of the shed and launching sometime in the next couple of weeks.

John
05-27-2008 10:55 PM
therapy23
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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
I am curious how many others have this feeling? Is it even worth going out on Memorial Day Weekend?

- CD

NOPE!!!!!!!!!!
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