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10-10-2007 12:04 AM
jrd22 Melrna- Way to go! I know a lot of people that just won't go out solo. It's the best way to figure out what you don't know IMHO. My father solo's in the Hudson river by Tarrytown all the time and people think he's nuts- he just turned 86. My wife has just expressed an interest in taking sailing lessons, there will be champagne waiting on the dock when she gets back from her "solo". Thanks for sharing with us all, great story. John
10-09-2007 11:28 PM
Melrna eryka - I did say hello to Dan. He came for up for air a few times we were docked and he had to move the dingy when we left and came back into the slip. Such a small world. I am always blown away by my many travels.
10-07-2007 09:21 PM
eryka Okay, Melrna, my mind is officially blown! Just read in your blog your story of sailing the Chesapeake this summer. In the background of your photo of your chartered boat "Ad Disaster" ... that's OUR boat in the neighboring slip! You can just catch a hint of toast-colored Sunbrella sailcover, that's us. Dan was replacing the Formica in the galley during last July so we weren't staying aboard - otherwise we would have met you several months ago.
10-07-2007 04:32 PM
sailhagg Nice blog Melrna, (I love the 'crazy woman boat driver').

I hope some of you ladies floating around the sides here will join in. The guys have tons going on and while I comment sometimes (I like to pick on CD) it would be nice to have some girl time. If you're really intimidated to try this (it is hard the first time) just say hi and tell us what kind of boat you have.

Melrna, I've an idea for a thread. I'll look and see if it's already hanging around first though. Thanks for sharing your blog! You look good at the wheel
10-07-2007 03:29 PM
Melrna Great Post ladies, keep it up. I hope some of those that lurk might chime in here or start another tread.
Annapolis boat show meet up.. Great meet up with the women showing up as well. Nice to put a smiling face to a name for all those that came. Thanks Ericka for the setting it up and ordering the pizza's.
My sailing blog. I started it about 1 1/2 years ago. http://www.sailblogs.com/member/revolution/. Enjoy!
10-07-2007 12:53 PM
sailhagg Actually I'm not on the island, thank heavens! I live in Salem so I have to drive an hour to get to the boat and if I had to go to the island it would add at least another 30 minutes given the traffic, depending on time of day.

Your welcome about the wakeboard boat. There are some real idiots out there when it comes to wakes. Shasta isn't much for sailboats, although we took our trailer sailor down there once, it was ok but generally there isn't much wind. Although we've seen it kick up.

As for Galley Goddess? If you serve other than chili dogs etc. from your galley then you too are a goddess. When our club does a cruise, there are several who will come to see what we're eating. I didn't realize at first that the foods most were eating were so...yucky. I'm pretty good in the kitchen and it spills over in the galley (not literally ). On our last cruise one dinner was provancal chicken in white wine sauce w/red potatoes. I also found some wild blackberries and made a cobbler. The boat rafted up to us had chili dogs and chips... My family would mutiny if I served something like that! Thus my hubby views me as the galley goddess....works for me All scalawags grovel before me with empty plates! LOL
10-07-2007 12:11 PM
SailorPam Thanks Sailhagg, I haven't updated the site since probably last year at this time. But with Prozac out of the water I should get around to it again soon. And thank you for putting your wakeboard boat down in Shasta We get a few on Howard Prairie, but we tend to be a tad choppy with the wind we get. They can play havoc with a raft up of sailboats. So you're on Hayden Island? We've been there several times looking at boats. It seems like a nice spot.

BTW - how does one become a Galley Goddess?
10-06-2007 12:19 PM
sailhagg SailorPam, I love the pic's in your site! I'm quite familiar with 'bobbing' we do that at Lake Shasta, with the same hand cooler! We're really sick, we have two boats. The wakeboard boat goes to Shasta for the season and we go once a month for about 10 days. I love to hydrofoil and that's a great lake for it.

Really nice boat (love the name) and the one pic sure looks like a party! Wish I'd been there... I really enjoyed the pictures you have. As a matter of fact I like them soooooo much that I added you to my 'blogroll'. Maybe some of my readers will come in.

Sorry you're having to lay up for winter. We're stalling and hoping the weather will turn enough that we can get in a few more trips. Although, it was pretty cold last night. We're in Portland just east of the I-5 bridge going into Vancouver, WA. We have quite a few bridges. I just love it when "they" have to open one for me. I get a sick pleasure out of blasting that horn at them....

Melrna, I was thinking about the jump in boat sizes you had; 22 to 33?? Holy Moly! I'll bet the first time at the helm was pretty intense. I can't imagine an increase of that size all at once. I like Hunters although I've never sailed on one. My hubby wanted to get 40-45 feet of blue-water when we moved up, I fought hard for something smaller. We bought 30' of off-shore. Which is great for where we're boating right now. Oddly enough, he agrees now that we made a good move for size and cost.

Melrna, you said you have a blog? What's the address? I keep trying to find lady sailor blogs but can't. SailorPam has a nice spot, I'd like to see yours. Thanks!

So, come on girlies...who else has a story? Go away guys!
10-05-2007 10:46 PM
SailorPam Hey Sailhagg,

I sail on Howard Prairie Lake, 13 miles east of Ashland. About as south as you can get in Orygunn. It sits at 5000 feet and looks like a minature version of the San Juans. Bald eagles watch over us every weekend. Unfortunately heaven, as opposed to hell, freezes over and we'll be pulling "My Prozac" out tomorrow 'til next April. If you ever get down this way during season, I'd be happy to introduce you to our little paradise. There's a few pics on our website www.chapsail.com

Where are you in Portland?
10-05-2007 04:07 PM
sailhagg Hey, SailorPam I'm on the Columbia, North Portland harbor...what lake are you on?
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