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post #1092 of Old 09-12-2017
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We got the girls out for an overnight sail this weekend. Saturday morning we took a long tack out in the bay an the back into the river. Had a nice sail up to the Key Bridge where the wind went on the nose. We decided to take a slip at Henderson's Wharf in Fells Point (we haven't anchored at all this season as the girls get too antsy being cooped up on the boat too long and we don't currently have a working dinghy engine - hope to remedy that for next season). Henderson's staff was friendly enough but we didn't find the configuration of the docks to be especially transient-friendly, especially when trying to dock in a cross-wind (tight fairways and floating docks with only half-length fingers and no pilings between slips). Docking was uneventful in the end but not as straightforward as at some other transient oriented marinas.

Saturday evening we went out for an early dinner in Fells Point and afterward for fresh-baked cookies. Back to the boat early to put the girls to bed. About 10 minutes afterward, we saw fireworks coming from Ft. McHenry. We later discovered they were in commemoration of Defenders Day. We plucked the girls out of their bunks for the show, and it turned out to be a pretty impressive display for an event that wasn't very well publicized. Our slip was in the perfect spot to practically have front row seats.

Sunday morning we made pancakes aboard, took another quick walk around FP, then shoved off. Hoisted the sails near Ft. McHenry and were sailing a close reach on a single tack from there to the mouth of the river. We were occasionally hitting over 7 knots on a 10-15 knot breeze. A lot of fun - it's always great to be able to get most of the way to and from your destination under sail.

On another note, my wife is going to be featured as a regular columnist in Spinsheet starting later this year. She'll be writing about kids and families aboard. Keep an eye out.

s/v Spindrift
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30
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