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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Had a beautiful sail yesterday . Winds 12-14 steady out of the SE made for long 7 mile tacks back and forth across the Bay on near haul and beam reaches. Haleakula clipped along at 6.5 with a nice 12% lean. Light jackets as the Bay is still a chilly 53 degrees but sunny and behind the dodger some kept us reaching for cool water vs hot chocolate.
New wind instrument worked flawlessly.

Lunch underway was fresh chicken salad with red grapes, mango , roasted corn , red onion , green pepper with cumin and lime mayo.

Night before we spent anchored in Burley Creek hiding from the 35 mph gusts . Dinner was a couple of grilled fillets , grilled balsamic marinated portobellos, broccoli salad, and roasted Yukon potatoes. My wife made a flourless chocolate torte for dessert.

Sunday AM meant lox and Kona with matzoh as I honor not eating levening for the 8 days of Passover.

Haleakula has been properly shaken down for our upcoming 3+ weeks heading to Newport/ Block Island/ Sag Harbor and points in the LI Sound.

If the yard can accommodate she will come out of the water April 29 for 4 days and have her hull waxed and buffed and have a new boot stripe painted on.
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Glad to say that on Tuesday we were able to get Margie Lou in the water and moved to her slip in Meyer Creek. A big day of scrubbing ensued and she is all cleaned up after a winter in the yard.

I'm hoping our son can help me take her out next weekend. Still recovering from major spine surgery. I'm not allowed to drive but I think I can sail.
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Glad to say that on Tuesday we were able to get Margie Lou in the water and moved to her slip in Meyer Creek. A big day of scrubbing ensued and she is all cleaned up after a winter in the yard.

I'm hoping our son can help me take her out next weekend. Still recovering from major spine surgery. I'm not allowed to drive but I think I can sail.
Congrats

Take it easy on the back. Got mine done last year. Fully recovered but took a few months.


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Maybe I should point out that my wife did most of the scrubbing while I did a little rinsing.

Good advice to go slow after surgery. I expect that I'll mostly be serving in an advisory capacity for a few months.
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

After 5 hrs each of scrubbing, we got Keiko, our new to us Dufour 31 looking like something that someone cares about. I actually came topside Sat afternoon and felt like I needed sunglasses..she was so bright! We bought her Jan 1 of this year, in Castle Harbor on Kent. We are about $800 away from the last of engine repairs that will put us out there. It has been a road...but what path isn't?.
Am looking forward to seeing you out there. We plan to make our first overnight a trip to the Magothy...where I first proposed on the deck of a charter boat...15 years ago.
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East Wind is in the water at Machodoc Creek as of today. It was a long and tiresome drive out from Kansas City this weekend but I am finally in and settled.

I was going to do some yard side work but decided to take advantage of having Stagg around to help me rig up and launch instead. I am moving to Maine this fall anyhow, I will have plenty of winter hours to while away on projects.
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We had hoped to make this our first weekend overnight of the season but the near-gale conditions kept us on land Saturday. We did manage to get out for a daysail Sunday. We made a nice reach across the river and back on about 10 knots of wind. But as we were returning to the marina cloud cover quickly increased and the winds jumped up to 20 knots, with the wind out of the NNW - exactly perpendicular to the length of our slip. I never love docking when the wind's perpendicular to the slip, especially not the first time out for the season. Somehow, though, my wife and I managed to get back into the slip without ping-ponging off any pilings. Our girls were very nervous about getting back out on the water but once we were back at the dock they were sad we weren't going to be staying aboard for the night. Can't wait to get back out there more!
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Headed out to the boat for the weekend as soon as I can find my ninja smoke bombs here at work.

Naturally, it's going to be a rainy weekend but I am used to it always raining on my days off. Luckily I packed my crazy pants Guy Cotten offshore foulies so I can stand up on deck and cackle like a mad man until I get struck by lightning.

Big goal for the weekend is to figure out how to get the boat into and out of my very large slip by myself. I am not used to tying to pilings to start with, and having the pilings 10 feet away just adds a new level to the challenge.
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Spring lines to midship cleats are your best friend to capture the boat so you can scurry around and grab your other lines. They will prevent you from crashing the dock and / or creeping out of the slip.


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Haleakala back in the water after a spa treatment to a wax job, new boot stripe, . Tomorrow weather looks fine though only 10 knots to get a sail in. Sunday looks dreary.


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