I joined the West River Sail Club in Galesville, MD.
They We are active sailors with lots of different fleets. The catamarans sail on Tuesdays, and Lasers sail on Fridays. My current plan is to:
1) on Tuesday – tag along and beg rides as crew on catamarans
2) on Wednesday – sail the 30′ pearson
3) On Fridays – get checked out on the club lasers and then start racing with them.
Three days a week MAY be enough sailing, so just in case I’ll throw in a few weekend regattas and races. Should be a fun summer.
This weekend was the Galesville Heritage race. I went as crew in one of the club’s Albacore sailboats. I have to say I enjoyed that I was sailing, but the Albacore is definitely NOT one of my favorite boats. Anyhow, there were 3 Albacores sailing in our group. My skipper was good, but the boat was outclassed by the other two privately owned boats. We came in last of the three, and since our group started last, our boat was last over the finish line – FOR THE WHOLE REGATTA!. So we won the prize for that. It’s on the right in the picture below. Funny, Natty Bo keeps coming up around sailing for me.
My skipper gave me an old WRSC hat that she won but doesn’t wear, so I can show my WRSC pride when I’m out and about. It’s for first place in a race, so I feel a bit like an impostor when I wear it. Oh well. It’s on the left below.