Lastly get the SailFlow Ap for wind , wave and projected conditions. No need for the Pro (paid) level
I understood that but weather looks like you may get your ass kicked Sunday through Wednesday.Sounds good, I will snap it up.
I am thinking to hit the bay on this trip since I should be able to see the Potomac easily enough on my usual weekends off.
And just that fast the prognosis changed ( after all it’s Maryland) . Not as severe winds but still will make for fun sailing where you want to go. The mouth of the Potomac is it’s own weather anomaly’s due to the tidal river. There’s plenty to explore and good sailing in the lower creeks if you want to be more protected than in the open Bay. Suggest you download Active Captain. Wealth of knowledge and info of All the creeks and anchorages everywhere from a boaters perspective. Also a free Ap.I understood that but weather looks like you may get your ass kicked Sunday through Wednesday.
Sunday is a rainy washout. Cold and dreary. Wind direction NE Sunday NE reports from Cove Point ( North of the Pautuxet) to Point Lookout predict 13-17 . gusts to 26. The Potomac proper north side will provide some protection. But the open Bay will be pretty rough.
East coasters refer this as nor’easter. Look at the wind field Sunday on the ocean....just 90 miles away. Steady 35 gusts in the high 40s ——that’s Gale Warnings
Take into consideration the the mouth of the Potomac gets hit with the Potomac current and very often is a notorious rough area. Many of us wait to transit it north or south unless you want a teeth rattling ride.
Use the Ap to look at the wind speed and direction along your planned route. We have found it to be pretty accurate 3 days forward.
The Potomac Creeks are just an alternative 😀👍🌪
Have fun....stay safe.
That’s great they wanted to stay overnight.We are staying aboard at our marina tonight. We sailed across the bay on a reach with 8-12 knots of steady wind. We could have easily made for Rock Hall or the Chester but thought better of it with tomorrow’s weather forecast and headed back. The girls had their hearts set on staying aboard tonight so we are forging ahead. It’s great to be out even if it’s not ideal weather.
What a weekend on the Chesapeake. I ended up sailing double-handed in the Spring Race to Oxford in CHESSS Class(Chesapeake Short-handed Sailing Society). CHESSS had the second largest number of boats entered in the race. CHESSS Class was won by the ‘Narrow Escape’, a Dragonfly 25 Trimaran Garner Bennett and I pulled a second place on ‘Synergy’. Probably the most impressive performance of the day was John Zseleczky, (a SailNet member) who single-handed his Pearson 30, “Old Blue’ to a third place finish correcting out less than 17 minutes behind the class winner. CHESSS Commodore Rich Acuti (Ajax on SailNet) and his bride took fourth on his new to him Tartan 33, 'Alacrity'.
The race itself was marvelous sailing, with a long spinnaker run between the start and the first turning mark (green '7' near Sharps Island) in 8 to 12 knots of wind with a few higher gusts of the day. From there it was a series of very fast close reaches and beats to the finish. I have gotten my boat re-rated for a 3 seconds a mile credit for a 110% genoa as my largest racing headsail (rather than the prior rating with a 155%). I was extremely pleased with the way that worked out.
Before the race, there was speculation that the race would be a race within a race with the higher performance boats racing each other and the ‘good old boats’ (GOB’s) racing in a second tier. The high performance entries into the CHESSS fleet included the class winner “Narrow Escape”, the fifth place foiling Figaro 3, a well-prepared Seascape 27 and a couple Mini-Transat 6.50’s. The GOB crews got to enjoy the spectacle of the current generation boats at speed, but in the end it turned out that GOB’s corrected out to 3 of the 5 top finishers.
Some of my most exciting moments of my day came on the way to the course before the start when a pawl shattered in the halyard winch and locked up the winch with the mainsail part way up. I cross-sheeted to another winch raised the mainsail. On the way to the start I was able to tear the winch down, clean out the debris, install a replacement pawl, and get it back up and running. Once done with that, I discovered that the boom vang shackle had failed after the pin had backed out. It was amazing how this heavy duty shackle had become so twisted. Fortunately I had a spare for that as well.
The trip home was chilly, wet and wild sailing in frequently heavy rain conditions and 15 to 20 knot breezes gusting into the low 20 knot range . After a couple jibes in the Tred Avon, the trip home was very fast a tack-less set of beam reaches and close reaches covering the 38 NM rhumbline (according to the GPS) in approximately 5 hours. (I cannot recall when a hot shower felt so good).
Sounds like you had a great time. Explore Ononcock on the Eastern shore on you next trip . Great little town with eclectic pubs and restaurants.Back rolling coal up the Potomac with the trusty Yanmar now. Steady winds right on the nose all day today and unfortunately miles which must be made to get back in time to get to work.
Had some great sailing yesterday coming back from Smith Island down to Reedville. Beam reach most of the way in 10-15kts with fairly smooth waves of only about 3 feet with a pretty long period. Saw a new boat speed record of 7.1 kts which is a pretty respectable clip for a short fat 26 foot boat like East Wind. Even had the Assymetrical up for a bit in the morning before the wind piped up and made her handle like a bag of angry cats.
Did manage to get crabcakes at the one open restaurant we came across at Smith Island that was open but have otherwise been cooking aboard. Nothing too cheffy but we're not starving. Had ribeyes last night with steamed carrots and a caprese salad. The previous dinner we cooked was a good hearty from scratch chicken noodle soup which was spot on in the cold rain. Even came with a dessert crab who happened to fall for the old chicken bone on a string trick. Tonight is beef curry which I look forward to as well.
Sounds like a great group. Love the X Boats.Last Saturday was CHESSS's annual Spring General Membership Meeting. The bylaws require that CHESSS have two general membership meetings each year so there was no way to duck out of having it.
Commodore Rich (Ajax around here) came up with the idea that since CHESSS (Chesapeake Short-handed Sailing Society) is a sailing club and not a sitting in a stuffy bar on a nice day in sailing season kind of club, we should hold the annual Spring CHESSS General Membership Meeting at a raft up. Not being a board to leave well enough alone, we decided that it would be fun to include a short length Short-handed race to the raft-up. And not being a board to quit while they were ahead, we decided the event needed a name, and gave it the moniker, "The First Annual Gather and Gab Race and Raft up", a name which was almost longer than the event itself. There was a pretty good turn out for the race and for the membership meeting.
As billed the short-handed race was pretty short in distance and duration. Being held in pretty light breezes, the decision was made to pick the shorter of the two courses so that we could get the boats to the raft-up in Mill Creek (the one off Whitehall Bay) on time for the scheduled meeting. The race started in a north east breeze and so the first leg consisted of a beat/ close reach. There was a lot of current running and the wind was slowly swinging to the east, so most of the fleet tacked inshore early to get out of the current and take advantage of the anticipated wind shift. There were only two legs on the short course and the second and final leg to the finish turned out to be a close reach across the current.
The racers included a couple really fast boats, a Figaro 3 and an Xp-38. The Figaro is a real sight to see when its at speed, clouds of black sail and bright orange foils extended.
Unfortunately, this picture was taken after the race with her sails mostly down.
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It is amazing how much sail this boat can set when it is underway. Intimidating....
The X-38 is an amazingly cool boat. It is beautifully detailed, and just a lovely boat to see. This is an impressive boat in pretty much every way, from its deck layout that is free of tripping hazards, very comfortable cockpit, sensible interior layout with easy to reach grab bars and low maintenance finishes, carbon fiber hull and internal framing, to its nicely proportioned sail plan. One of the nicest all around boats that I can remember seeing in a very long time. This is a picture of a sistership of the Xp38.
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After the race, the raft-up and meeting occurred as advertised. Commodore Rich brought along a drone and took this 'family photo'.
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Synergy is the dark blue hull in the middle with the anchor down. The Xp38 is to her starboard. Notice the sheer height of the mast and headstay on the Xp38 compared to Synergy, and Synergy is the roughly the same length and has a pretty large sail plan. Other than the boats in the picture there was the Figaro 3, which was too deep to come in to the raft-up, and there was also an Oday 34 which chose to go home after the race rather than go into the creek for the raft-up. One of the board members volunteered out to ferry members who chose to drive to the raft-up in his Porta-Bote.
Anyway, that was my Saturday on the Bay. Sunday I needed to go into the office and get some work done.