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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We’re thinking of heading out tomorrow evening for somewhere not too far away (Cacaway?), hoping we can find a window to get back Saturday. Watching the forecast closely.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

For those looking for something to do on Saturday, CHESSS (Chesapeake Shorthanded Sailing Society) has a case of the "Shorts". CHESSS has a short distance, short-handed, short-notice cruise to and raft-up in the West River. CHESSS is rendezvousing at Annapolis Harbor R-2 at 11:00 am and starting from there. It looks like there will be a pretty good turn out.

For what it is worth it looks like the weekend weather is improving with a greatly reduced chance for thunderstorms and a smaller possibility for rain on Sunday.

Hopefully I will see some of you down on the West River.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Tomorrow looks perfect...Saturday just showers not real heavy rains....increasing ENE wind with a good blow...Sunday lightening winds.
A little rain shouldn’t enter into things.
We will be out sailing.....somewhere. 😄🌪😄🦀


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We headed out at 3 pm yesterday with gorgeous conditions. However, we absolutely needed to come back today, and the forecast looked just iffy enough that we decided to make it an evening sail and come back to the marina last night. Forecast for today didn't look hazardous, but the prospect of wind and rain blowing sideways under our cockpit canvas made it potentially a little less pleasant than my wife wanted. If we could wait it out until Sunday, we might have dropped the hook for the night. Instead we returned to home port and slept in the slip, which gave a chance to do a number of to-do items on the boat this morning before the rain started.

On our way home yesterday we got a little flavor of the weather that was coming, with some vigorous wind on the way back. Unfortunately I had some repairs to do on our spinnaker halyard while underway (chop off a hernia next to the shackle), but I accidentally opened the clutch on our genoa halyard for a couple seconds, which caused it to drop an inch or so and bag out under just the kind of conditions where you want things flat. There was too much tension in the rig to get it back up, so we just fought lousy sail shape the whole way back.

I'm home now, and looking at current conditions on the Bay, it looks like temps are about 6 degrees less than forecast, Thomas Point Light shows 27 kts sustained/30 kts gust, and radar pic shows a big mass of red right over the Bay. For any of you who are out there, I hope you're hunkered down and enjoying some down time in a well protected anchorage.

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For any of you who are out there, I hope you're hunkered down and enjoying some down time in a well protected anchorage.
Yep our SPADE is well dug in as we are in Gale force conditions here off the Choptank R.
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My wife has asked why I don't post here about our cruises, so here goes one.

This past Wednesday we left Yankee Point early enough to watch the sunrise and headed down the Rappahanock and out to the bay. About the time we made Windmill Point things started to get bouncy so we rolled in the Genoa about three wraps. This tamed the old Pearson enough that we were able to head toward Onancock. Of course the wind was blowing right from Onancock so we couldn't make it in one tack. After tacking back out in the bay for a bit we tacked again and made the entrance to the creek. The whole day was spent close hauled with the boat on her ear and generally attaining speeds in the sixes. Lots of good fun.

At the creek we furled the genoa and coasted the rest of the way to the anchorage at Onancock. We were the only boat there. There being no nettles we enjoyed a cooling dip then showers.

We prepared a dinner of roast pork tenderloin with fresh vegetables from my wife's garden. Also, ears of corn we picked up at a roadside stand while driving to the marina. This was all cooked at once in the Magma.

After dinner we took the dinghy to the town dock and walked into town for drinks and desert. This took us to the Blarney Stone pub for key lime pie and Guinness.

Next morning we rode the northeth breeze to Tangier Island where we visited Milton Parks at his marina. Milton was suffering a broken foot from a fall from his motor scooter. Milton is 87.

We went into town for lunch at Lorraine's. They have great cream of crab soup and softshells. It's become a bit of a tradition to make a lunch stop at Tangier when we can.

Leaving the dock we got pretty stuck in the mud. Fortunately we were close enough to throw a line to some folks on the dock who were able to pull us off. All good fun.I

Well, that's the first day and a half.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Sounds like fun - guess I'll have to stop in and see my old Friend, Milton. I have known him for more than 45 years.

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My wife has asked why I don't post here about our cruises, so here goes one.

This past Wednesday we left Yankee Point early enough to watch the sunrise and headed down the Rappahanock and out to the bay. About the time we made Windmill Point things started to get bouncy so we rolled in the Genoa about three wraps. This tamed the old Pearson enough that we were able to head toward Onancock. Of course the wind was blowing right from Onancock so we couldn't make it in one tack. After tacking back out in the bay for a bit we tacked again and made the entrance to the creek. The whole day was spent close hauled with the boat on her ear and generally attaining speeds in the sixes. Lots of good fun.

At the creek we furled the genoa and coasted the rest of the way to the anchorage at Onancock. We were the only boat there. There being no nettles we enjoyed a cooling dip then showers.

We prepared a dinner of roast pork tenderloin with fresh vegetables from my wife's garden. Also, ears of corn we picked up at a roadside stand while driving to the marina. This was all cooked at once in the Magma.

After dinner we took the dinghy to the town dock and walked into town for drinks and desert. This took us to the Blarney Stone pub for key lime pie and Guinness.

Next morning we rode the northeth breeze to Tangier Island where we visited Milton Parks at his marina. Milton was suffering a broken foot from a fall from his motor scooter. Milton is 87.

We went into town for lunch at Lorraine's. They have great cream of crab soup and softshells. It's become a bit of a tradition to make a lunch stop at Tangier when we can.

Leaving the dock we got pretty stuck in the mud. Fortunately we were close enough to throw a line to some folks on the dock who were able to pull us off. All good fun.I

Well, that's the first day and a half.
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Sounds like fun

We liked the Blarney Stone when we visited Ononcock, a really neat little town
Have fun😄😄😄😄


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Who ever is in charge of the weather obviously must be trapped in a snow globe

Clouds, storms, systems moving south to north for days . I want off this merry-go-round


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Who ever is in charge of the weather obviously must be trapped in a snow globe

Clouds, storms, systems moving south to north for days . I want off this merry-go-round
Come to Milwaukee.

No ill will intended, but after being totally out of sync with my travels, in Milwaukee for all the good sailing weather, for once I’m in Milwaukee during a crap week.

Headed to Maine by car Saturday, then back to Milwaukee, so no sailing for a few weeks. I just hope the storms don’t blow through New England next week.

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