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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
Well, I'm glad everyone seems to have had a glorious weekend. Saturday afternoon was great for me. Wind was a little fickle, but humidity was low and that was a nice change.
I went across and landed for supper on Tilghman Island. A cheeseburger and a beer hit the spot and I left Knapp's Narrows at sunset.
What I got on the way home was honestly the worst butt kicking I have ever had on the Bay. The wind had shifted Easterly and picked up, hard. It was dark, but seas had to have been running five feet at least and I could hear every third swell breaking behind me.
Running DDW, GPS was hitting six knots under reefed main alone (boat is 22' LWL). We were tossed like a cork in a washing machine. The rolling was so bad I was concerned, borderline scared, a cockpit coaming would break below the water and pin me in a broach before a breaking wave. Autopilot was useless and I was exhausted keeping the boat under control. I made it home safe, thanks be to God.
A wise old man once said sailing was tranquility punctuated by terror. I think he was right.