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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Same wind here for 4 days, Great!! 15-18 steady SW saw 7.6 kts with someone else at the wheel on a broad reach yesterday. Hot but hotter on land
This weeks regatta was all reaching and running, FAST race with different winners. Nice to break things up a bit.
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I have a big concert in Philly this Friday, and rehearsals and school board meetings all week leading up to it, then a pot luck event at our marina Saturday evening. So no cruising next weekend - probably just a daysail on Sunday morning.

Our sail across the bay last Friday was a good test of our new 135. It definitely points higher than the old 150. Predicted WSW winds were actually due south, which is why we did not have time to make it into Chester River. So we started what we thought would be a broad reach across the Bay. Of course, halfway across the bay the winds shifted back more westerly, requiring me to point as high as possible to make it across without tacking. I was impressed with our new sail's ability to point at 30º apparent wind angle with no loss of VMG. We were doing 5.1-5.4 kts at 30-33º angle with apparent wind at 7.3-8.2 kts (see pics).

I was pretty happy with our speed in rather gentle breezes. My anemometer only shows apparent wind because Raymarine will not use GPS speed to calculate true wind, but my manual calculation shows true wind speeds of 4.0-7.4 kts for the two pics shown. Making way close-hauled at 5.1-5.4 kts in these light breezes is pretty good IMO. Fresh bottom and new headsail probably contribute to this.

The only bad news from our trip is that our stuffing box needs adjustment. We are getting a drop every ~8 seconds with motor off, one drop/second with motor in gear at idle speed, and two drops/second in gear at 2200 RPM. I've bought a couple of 1-15/16" wrenches and will tighten it up a bit, and need to re-check maintenance logs to verify age of the packing. If mild tightening doesn't get things to within Nigel Calder's recommendations, I'll have to re-pack. I'm hoping to wait until on the hard next winter for that. I'm not experienced enough to try a replacement while in the water.

Also, I'm going to add a cetane improver in hopes of reducing the engine vibration a bit. It's not bad, just seems like it might be a tiny bit more than last year. (Though I did not look at it that closely last year, so I don't have a reliable control study.) I'm not sure if the vibration is affecting the packing condition, but less vibration is always better. I know that the shaft was re-aligned 2 years ago when the transmission was rebuilt.

Finally, the GPS that I attached to my AIS radio seems to have poor reception, causing speed to bounce all over the place. It's behind the electrical panel right now, so presumably suffering electrical interference. It's a puck on a ~20 ft cable, so I can move it to a much better place with less interference. Just one more thing to go on the list.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Spent Friday night on a peaceful mooring at my club.
Marinated, grilled pork loin, Italian pasta salad, grilled asparagus for dinner. A perfect breeze blowing all night through a cracked open hatch.
Saturday was yard work and Sunday was banding and documenting immature barn owls.

Wednesday night looks fine for racing. Dry, sunny, 15-20 from the west.

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Spent Friday night on board at the dock. At the proverbial butt crack of dawn I was up and doing the spring cleaning of the hull, topsides, and fenders. Boy did the winter deposit a lot of dirt and grime on the boat.
Went to the Hunt Cup Steeple Chase races on Saturday afternoon. Yesterday the admiral and I had a late lunch in Canton (Lee's Pint and Shell) and then took a very pleasurable 3 hour sail. Just right.
She's doing some craft show thing next Saturday but maybe we can get an overnight in if she finishes early enough.
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Went to the Hunt Cup Steeple Chase races on Saturday afternoon.
Did you watch CBS's '60 Minute' piece about the Maryland Hunt Cup? My father won it back in 1940 as he broke his back in one of the earlier races..very tough course for both rider and horse...
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Did you watch CBS's '60 Minute' piece about the Maryland Hunt Cup? My father won it back in 1940 as he broke his back in one of the earlier races..very tough course for both rider and horse...
We did see it. Pretty impressive that your father won the race. It is brutal. Our good friends actually live on Worthington Farm so we've been up close and personal with the races for years. We walk up the hill to the tree line just behind jumps 6 and 16 which are arguably the toughest on the course. One rider was hurt pretty badly this year going over jump 6 (two riders/horses went down there this year.) Only two of ten horses finished this year. The crowd seemed extremely large this year. Good weather I guess.

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Getting pretty hot already. This past Friday, I worked on the boat and it got to 88 inside the boat by the time I decided to call it a day. I'm far enough along in my fiberglass project, that the heat shouldn't slow my progress TOO much. Still have some more work to do, but it's getting closer to finishing up. I'm still hopeful I'll be able to launch this year.

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The Tank Job looks great, Dan. You seem to be coming right along and if you continue at this pace, you should be able to launch by the end of the summer.

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The Tank Job looks great, Dan. You seem to be coming right along and if you continue at this pace, you should be able to launch by the end of the summer.

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Thanks Gary.

I'm still hopeful to launch this year. Plenty of work left to go but I'm getting there.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Hey everyone, I just got an email from USCG saying that my OUPV/Master license has been approved and is in the mail.
Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to do with it!

Don't worry, I won't make you call me Captain Rick! lol

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