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10 Hours Ago 01:03 AM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Looks like a bit of a cold blow this weekend so it will be our first weekend home in 6 months. We have some great projects my wife has planned for me. Grrrr

Last weekend we had a couple of great sailing days. Saturday was our traditional Princess Regatta where the sailboat captains take on board some of the power fleet captains and mates for a " fake race" so they can see what it's like. It's meant to be a fun day out on the water and a day to take others out on your boat.

Course we have a couple of sailboat captains who take this as an opportunity to terrorize the stink potters on board and pull in the sheets tight to heel to scare them. We also have a few
Who take this race seriously and use the opportunity to bull their way through everyone.

We encountered on of these on our first leg of the race where we had a boat on our port sailing alongside us. Both on starboard tacks us the starboard boat. There was enough overlap that the port boat would have to tack behind us as we neared the shore, but instead the captain recklessly tacked right across our bow causing a near miss only because we took evasive action. It caused us to turn down wind some to avoid t boning him. I assume the captain misjudged his timing or he just wanted to play chicken, something we don't engage in. After all this was a friendly race and we had guests on board. In every group there is always one who worries to much on where they finish vs. the purpose of the event which is to promote commradiere and fun between the sailors and powerboatsers at our club.

Almost all boats took on other crew and saw it as a great opportunity to bond with others at the club. It is one of the many activities our club enjoys and sponsors.

The so called race was won by our own PAUL Itzel on the restored1903 Lawly wooden racing
sloop Witchcraft. She is a sight to see under sail and U.S. seen at all major regattas around the Bay. Second was a 26 Ranger wth a real racing captain our social member Chris Wallace. They both could have lapped all other finishers they were so far ahead.

We had a great time all in all as did the powerboaters who now have a different perspective and appreciation for life closer to the water and without noise..

As a side our club us venturing to start a real racing program starting next year. We already sponsor one of the Rock Creek Racing Associations races and have joined formally the CBYRA to kick off our commitment. We are expanding our Sail Camp from 2 to10 weeks and are hiring certified ASA teachers. We already have a small fleet of Optis. We also have two club members boats who will start entering the weekly Wednesday night races crewed by club members

New and exciting things for us . Stay tuned.
19 Hours Ago 04:54 PM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

1 Day Ago 11:42 AM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season


You wash your mouth out with soap after uttering that obscene four-letter word!
1 Day Ago 11:36 AM
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1 Day Ago 11:36 AM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
Have fun BubbleHD...
I am joining the entertainment committee and will chair it next year


Shawn & the crew of S/V Windgeist
Frankenfish on the menu?
1 Day Ago 11:30 AM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Forgot to mention, last weekend we had the pleasure of participating in the MYC Regatta. Its was a race for fun and to extend the long tradition the club has had with its regatta, I wanted to support our Sail Fleet Captain and the tradition of the event. We had a blast even though we muffed the start which caused a little friction between the Admiral and I but at the end of the day of 10 boats we placed 4th I think. It was fun and the after party was great as well...we will drink our bottle of champagne this weekend to celebrate LOL


Shawn & the crew of S/V Windgeist
1 Day Ago 11:26 AM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Have fun BubbleHD...

We have a "Fall Work Party" to attend Saturday at the new club, supposed be chilly and rain, arg. It should still be fun though, I am joining the entertainment committee and will chair it next year, also renewed my Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club membership as well as my Tartan 37 Club membership.

Hopefully Sunday we will get out for a day sail since we're spending the night on the boat after the work party not far away. We took the dodger off to do a quick repair but we haven't got to it yet, boat looks so plain without it I heard the word snow in the forecast for this coming week...I like sailing in the snow, as long as its not a blizzard


Shawn & the crew of S/V Windgeist
1 Day Ago 10:45 AM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

The only part I'm worried about is the southern bit near Marshy Creek. We're not going any farther north than Mears Point Marina at the bridge.

I think the trick is to get out in the morning before things really whip up.
1 Day Ago 08:16 AM
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
We rendezvous at Kent Narrows on Friday, then sail to St. Mike's on Saturday.
Just a heads up might be a little skinny in the Narrows this weekend if the predicted Nor'Easter develops...
1 Day Ago 07:56 AM
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My annual "man cruise" is this weekend. 5 boats and 13 souls.
Saturday's forecast is 25 with gusts to 35 from the NW.

We rendezvous at Kent Narrows on Friday, then sail to St. Mike's on Saturday.
I'm not worried about making a downhill sail on the #3 jib on Saturday, but I sure don't want to be bashing upwind, home to the West River on Sunday if the wind hasn't laid down a bit!
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