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Re: 2016 Labor Day Weekend..
Sailed/motorsailed from North East to Annapolis today, 7.5 hours from mooring to mooring. Wind was probably 20-25 and out of the north all day, mostly 3-4 swells with very occasional five or six footers. I motored with a bit of jib out most of the time, used the stack pack as a touch of mainsail - if I had a triple reef I would have used that.
The decision last night (Friday) was to stay on the mooring but conditions changed as conditions often do. My read of the forecast around 10 am was Hermine slowed up off North Carolina and went more east than expected so there was a window to get to Annapolis and be ready to head south from here when the forecast is favorable.
This was not blindly running with scissors - there were places to run and hide all the way down; when one was passed the next was targeted on the chart plotter. I wore a PFD, but didn't bother with a harness ( no need to go forward, if I had to I would buckle in).
Not many boats out, saw three Towboat US skippers, one with a small motorboat in tow. There was a CG report of 2-4 people in the water off Carpenters Point, probaby a Hobie Cat I passed on my way down bay an hour earlier. The APG Rescue boat and USCG inflatable were banging north into the wind and waves heading that way - credit to those crews, looked like very rough work.
Approaching Annapolis, past the bridge and about 3 miles out I saw a paddle board guy heading east (a long way to land). He fell off so I turned back to check on him and got a wave, thumbs up, "thanks, I'm fine". Marked an MOB on my charts where he was last seen in case someone turns up missing.
I can't use a SUP in a pool, in that wind and that far from land is really insane. (He did have a PFD/backpack kind of thing on)
So no rain, bigger but typical short frequency waves and wind that our friends in the PNW call a light or regular day.
Pictures below of weird clouds at the bridge and Spa Creek at sunset after a long day
Last edited by Dfok; 09-03-2016 at 09:34 PM.