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I'm back home, although there were times when I thought I wasn't going to make it home ever again.
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Gary,

It is great to see you posting again, and and even better to hear that you were out on the water again. I deeply saddened that you had such a rough time out there and are hanging up your boat shoes and selling the boat. You are one tough old bird if you can sail 142 miles in 5 to 6 foot seas and 25 to 30 knot winds no matter what point of sail you are on.

It sounds like you were around the corner from my home on Mill Creek off Whitehall Bay. I missed the chance for a Travelin-easy sighting.

Hopefully, you will be able to get some decent sails in before you need to part ways with your beloved Morgan.

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Today, the weather is absolutely beautiful, but not for sailing in the bay;s upper reaches - not a breath of air, which is often the case since I purchased a sailboat more than a decade ago.

After being busted up on my last excursion by a rouge wave, I decided to hang it up, sell the boat and do other things. Thought I would share this quick video of the trip with the good folks on this forum.

My Final Voyage - YouTube

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We arrived at the boat at 2:30 today with dog in tow. Too bloody hot to go out right away, so we took it easy in the A/C for a few hours. We then headed out, uncertain if it would be just an evening sail or a night on the hook. Wind sensors showed it was dying in Chester River, but picking up in the Bay, so we did a broad reach toward Magothy and arrived in 2 hours and decided not to turn back. Since we wanted a very dog friendly area, we headed to Dobbins Island, where we quickly dinghied to shore so the dog could burn off some energy before nightfall.

There’s just a hint of a breeze, so the wind scoop helps. A fan does the rest. The missus doesn’t like sleeping in the heat, so tonight will test her limits. Temps are supposed to drop in the morning, but no breeze, so it should be a pleasant motor home tomorrow.

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I feel like we got a bonus this weekend. I left work a little early on Friday and the bride and I took a lovely evening sail. Plenty of breeze and not too hot. Pulled back into the slip right at dark. Too damn hot and no breeze on Saturday but yesterday I walked over to the sailboat to tidy up from Friday nights sail and I'm feeling a decent breeze. I finished my chores and walked back to the Hatteras and asked my wife if she'd like to go for another sail. She said sure and said let's see if Bobby and Caryl want to go. They live in the townhouses right at the marina. They were excited and we met at the boat 30 minutes later and off we went. What a treat of a sail. It was a little warm leaving the harbor as we were almost dead down wind but once we rounded Ft McHenry and hardened up a bit the breeze cooled us off. Winds built steadily and we were loving life on the broad reach. Winds continued to build so we ducked behind a bit of land and I put a reef in so our guests wouldn't be uncomfortable on the beat back to the harbor. It was a good move because we'd have been a bit overpowered in the gusts. As it was, we were perfectly balanced with a light touch on the helm. Sailed her right back to about 1/4 mile from the slip, dropped sails, and put her away for the day. I love those kind of sails.

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Left late Saturday for the Corsica... Beautiful moon lit night under power, almost zero wind. Woke up Sunday, grabbed some coffee and went to get the anchor up... What's that on the anchor roller? Just a two foot water snake hahaha. It did not want to leave the boat hahaha. Suppose it had to slither up the chain and parked itself firmly under the furler. It was great entertainment for the kids. Motored all the way until we turned West after the green can. Short sa as I choose to lower the headsail and take it in for service. The storm we got knocked down in a couple weeks ago did some damage. It was time anyway... The sacrificial dacron UV cover got shredded in the 50+ winds we had...

I sold my ripped old light air 150 to a bag maker person so I forgot... My only other sail aboard is the storm sail... Ugh

Pricing a new sail for the light summer winds... I have a 135, should look at a light 150%? 145%?? 160%???

Chesapeake Sail Makers will tell me haha

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Dolphin sighting off Queenstown by the way... Our first sighting of the season!

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Left late Saturday for the Corsica... Beautiful moon lit night under power, almost zero wind. Woke up Sunday, grabbed some coffee and went to get the anchor up... What's that on the anchor roller? Just a two foot water snake hahaha. It did not want to leave the boat hahaha. Suppose it had to slither up the chain and parked itself firmly under the furler. It was great entertainment for the kids. Motored all the way until we turned West after the green can. Short sa as I choose to lower the headsail and take it in for service. The storm we got knocked down in a couple weeks ago did some damage. It was time anyway... The sacrificial dacron UV cover got shredded in the 50+ winds we had...

I sold my ripped old light air 150 to a bag maker person so I forgot... My only other sail aboard is the storm sail... Ugh

Pricing a new sail for the light summer winds... I have a 135, should look at a light 150%? 145%?? 160%???

Chesapeake Sail Makers will tell me haha
Love Chuck and Jay at CSM. Good prices too.
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I feel like we got a bonus this weekend. I left work a little early on Friday and the bride and I took a lovely evening sail. Plenty of breeze and not too hot. Pulled back into the slip right at dark. Too damn hot and no breeze on Saturday but yesterday I walked over to the sailboat to tidy up from Friday nights sail and I'm feeling a decent breeze. I finished my chores and walked back to the Hatteras and asked my wife if she'd like to go for another sail. She said sure and said let's see if Bobby and Caryl want to go. They live in the townhouses right at the marina. They were excited and we met at the boat 30 minutes later and off we went. What a treat of a sail. It was a little warm leaving the harbor as we were almost dead down wind but once we rounded Ft McHenry and hardened up a bit the breeze cooled us off. Winds built steadily and we were loving life on the broad reach. Winds continued to build so we ducked behind a bit of land and I put a reef in so our guests wouldn't be uncomfortable on the beat back to the harbor. It was a good move because we'd have been a bit overpowered in the gusts. As it was, we were perfectly balanced with a light touch on the helm. Sailed her right back to about 1/4 mile from the slip, dropped sails, and put her away for the day. I love those kind of sails.
Hey John, "Freedom" looks like a mighty nice home! That's really "living the dream" to have a huge PB to live on the water, and a nice sailboat to jump into whenever the wind picks up.

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I feel like we got a bonus this weekend. I left work a little early on Friday and the bride and I took a lovely evening sail. Plenty of breeze and not too hot. Pulled back into the slip right at dark. Too damn hot and no breeze on Saturday but yesterday I walked over to the sailboat to tidy up from Friday nights sail and I'm feeling a decent breeze. I finished my chores and walked back to the Hatteras and asked my wife if she'd like to go for another sail. She said sure and said let's see if Bobby and Caryl want to go. They live in the townhouses right at the marina. They were excited and we met at the boat 30 minutes later and off we went. What a treat of a sail. It was a little warm leaving the harbor as we were almost dead down wind but once we rounded Ft McHenry and hardened up a bit the breeze cooled us off. Winds built steadily and we were loving life on the broad reach. Winds continued to build so we ducked behind a bit of land and I put a reef in so our guests wouldn't be uncomfortable on the beat back to the harbor. It was a good move because we'd have been a bit overpowered in the gusts. As it was, we were perfectly balanced with a light touch on the helm. Sailed her right back to about 1/4 mile from the slip, dropped sails, and put her away for the day. I love those kind of sails.

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Hey John, "Freedom" looks like a mighty nice home! That's really "living the dream" to have a huge PB to live on the water, and a nice sailboat to jump into whenever the wind picks up.
We thought we might be able to enjoy the sailboat a bit more and so far it is working out. We've been out 10 times already this year where last year we got out a total of two. We were planning on moving the sailboat to a marina closer to the mouth of the Patapsco this season but having it at the Anchorage gives us two parking spaces. If I can figure out a solution to the parking we may still consider it. I'd love to be able to do single overnighters to Rock Hall or Magothy but it is 2 hours to the mouth of the river at 6 kts. We have a new rescue Pug who has taken some trips with us and is really good on the boat. I'm anxious for some cooling in the fall to be able to take him overnight. He came "pad trained" so even anchoring out won't be a huge issue. Hope to see you in RH soon.
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