We almost made it to Sailstice last night - trying to cross a finish line in the dark. The Time Limit expired before anyone finished, though we were obviously in first place. The six of us on the boat partied back to port but got in before midnight. We'll give another shot today. Hope there's more wind than yesterday!
We planned to get under way this AM early and take advantage of the 18+ hours of daylight to make Coffman Cove our first anchorage. Unfortunately, the weather is so bad all around us, and especially in Clarence Strait, we decided, like many of the local fishing boat crews, to spend the time drinking at Kito's Kave instead.
We did some turns on the local lake, trying to remember how to sail. 6kts, 18kts, 6kts.... Felt like we never had the right sail out for conditions. Nasty clouds over Sheep Mountain sent us scrambling back to the mooring, which we picked up at the exact second 35mph winds set in from the NW. Half an hour snuggling in the V-berth before it was safe to dinghy ashore, as large chop rolled down the lake and our SJ21 hunted on its buoy. Then we crashed a potluck at a friend's cottage. Nice day.
It ended up being beautiful here, including a breeze. We set out at about 15h00 Saturday and had a tight reach over to a protected anchorage in Northport, Long Island, getting there about 18h00. We met up with some other boats there and had a joint picnic on the beach as we watched the sun set. This morning we had breakfast, read the Sunday New York Times in the cockpit, and beat back in a 12 knot breeze that kept lifting us, so we only had to tack twice. Nice!
Went out with our local boy scout troop. The local ASA school hooked up with the Stroudsburg Boy Scouts which are headed next year to "Sea Base," where they will be chartering (2) 42 foot sailboats, for 10 days off shore. Many of these young men have never been on a sailboat, so to give them an idea we took them out sailing. 12 of them on 8 boats, to get them accustomed to the feel of the boats.
It was a good time, with VERY light winds... As the "fast boat" of the group I got to take 2 leaders (who also have spent no time sailing)... so we instantly became the chase boat, taking pictures of the others. I spent practically zero time at the tiller (as it should be), and frankly did very little of the work. We hit 6 knots a couple times, but averaged about 3-4... good learning conditions though.
Of course we raced yesterday, our 2nd race of the season... we drew Race Committee duty, which was OK cause the winds were VERY light. Measured 3, 5, and 7 knots of wind. Very few to the line, 9 boats, and only 7 finished... yep its summer all right.
Had a great sail with friends out of the Mystic river and headed down thru Watch hill pass into block sound then back to the mystic river. Got back on the mooring just before sunset. Grilled little necks and shrimp on the bbq, sat and ate under the stars. What a wonderful way to start summer.
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