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Finally got out sailing last week, first time this year! 5-10 out of the NW so we put up the sails near Ft McHenry, just pushed down past the bridge enjoying the day. Also first sunburn of the year. We finally had to turn around near Bodkin Creek and battle back. When it started to get late and we weren't making a lot of headway, I tossed my pride over and started the engine. Just a great first day on the water.

By the way, Anchorage Marina, our home port, has new docks on D, E, and F docks. Really pretty and sooo solid! It's a nice change. There may still be some working on over on F, so if you are coming in there, be sure to check early.

Thanks for the reminder about CHESSS, I was one of the original members but I think I forgot to pay my dues this year, need to do that. I have a friend coming in July and we're hoping to race for the first time in the Race to Baltimore.
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Finally got out sailing last week, first time this year! 5-10 out of the NW so we put up the sails near Ft McHenry, just pushed down past the bridge enjoying the day. Also first sunburn of the year. We finally had to turn around near Bodkin Creek and battle back. When it started to get late and we weren't making a lot of headway, I tossed my pride over and started the engine. Just a great first day on the water.

By the way, Anchorage Marina, our home port, has new docks on D, E, and F docks. Really pretty and sooo solid! It's a nice change. There may still be some working on over on F, so if you are coming in there, be sure to check early.

Thanks for the reminder about CHESSS, I was one of the original members but I think I forgot to pay my dues this year, need to do that. I have a friend coming in July and we're hoping to race for the first time in the Race to Baltimore.
We too got out for the first time on Saturday. We got a late start because my daughter was in town from NYC. We had a lovely day sail out past the Key Bridge in a steady 8-10kt breeze. The admiral decided to go below and take a nap (one of her favorite parts of sailing) and I sailed her home on a beam/broad reach all the way to the dock. Motor ran all of 3 minutes to get her in the slip. It's nice to finally be back on the water. Hip surgery went exceptionally well. I'm probably at 90-95% now. (was probably 35-40% before surgery). Boat is clean, prepped, and we're ready for some overnighting. See you all on the water!
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Finally got out sailing last week, first time this year! 5-10 out of the NW so we put up the sails near Ft McHenry, just pushed down past the bridge enjoying the day. Also first sunburn of the year. We finally had to turn around near Bodkin Creek and battle back. When it started to get late and we weren't making a lot of headway, I tossed my pride over and started the engine. Just a great first day on the water.

By the way, Anchorage Marina, our home port, has new docks on D, E, and F docks. Really pretty and sooo solid! It's a nice change. There may still be some working on over on F, so if you are coming in there, be sure to check early.

Thanks for the reminder about CHESSS, I was one of the original members but I think I forgot to pay my dues this year, need to do that. I have a friend coming in July and we're hoping to race for the first time in the Race to Baltimore.
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We too got out for the first time on Saturday. We got a late start because my daughter was in town from NYC. We had a lovely day sail out past the Key Bridge in a steady 8-10kt breeze. The admiral decided to go below and take a nap (one of her favorite parts of sailing) and I sailed her home on a beam/broad reach all the way to the dock. Motor ran all of 3 minutes to get her in the slip. It's nice to finally be back on the water. Hip surgery went exceptionally well. I'm probably at 90-95% now. (was probably 35-40% before surgery). Boat is clean, prepped, and we're ready for some overnighting. See you all on the water!
Glad your surgery was successful. Mine happened last June and I am better for it

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Glad your surgery was successful. Mine happened last June and I am better for it

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First sail of the year on Sunday. Went out of Herring Bay and found 20 knots gusting much higher. We had quite the boisterous sail and the entire Bay to ourselves. A good omen for the year, methinks.
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It's an Atomic 4. (And please no Atomic Bomb jokes from the peanut gallery. )
I had an atomic 4 on my Islander 28....was very reliable and easy to work on.
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Looks like I am going to end up with a 4 day weekend over Memorial day weekend. I assume that I should expect to see the same drunken pontoon boat antics on the Potomac as I have seen anywhere else there is water plus a holiday weekend?

Worth my time to kick out of the marina and single hand my way upriver a bit and check out Mt Vernon or should I hang out and catch up on boat work? (I actually enjoy both activities about equally)

Weather at least looks nice for a change. Usually rains frogs on my days off.

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After 5 months of work, our 1st boat...Keiko..a Dufour 31...is ready to pull out of the slip. We are stoked to get out of Castle Harbor Marina for an overnight this weekend. Here's the kicker...We plan to go to the Magothy...where I first proposed to her 14 years ago on a Beneteau 33ish charter. It was her first sail. I booked it in July out of Swan Creek with Haven Charters, my Go To Company for these waters, figuring that it would be a slow sweat-fest of a sail. However....we had 20-30 knts and 4-6 swells with lightning that night.. She was at the helm while I tried to hoist the main...I had failed to secure the halyard to the main ahead of time...her first time on the water...She was a Natural..and despite losing the main halyard once...and climbing on the swinging boom to prevent it from slinking up the mast...we prevailed. On another note, ask me some time about how we retrieved a main halyard that had run up to the top of the mas using the spinnaker halyard with a coat hangar attached to it, with a retrieving /maneuvering line attached to the hangar, and a third Crew with binoculars guiding it all to retrieve the mast head terminated main halyard. Yeah..was pretty proud of that one..now I bring my rock climbing gear and harness. About what my Fiance saw... It was pure terror that I never showed.."Oh yeah, this is sort of normal"...yike..after 3 Caribbean charters, she now knows better.
Anyway, when we got the call today from our mechanic..it was both exhilarating and terrifying..and..really, isn't that was sailing is?
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