Thankfully, it was another windy evening in the West River here in Galesville, MD. The wind was out of the south-south east so we had a down wind start [bottom of the map]. It was a bit breezy, so no spinnaker, then we had the smooth line out to the red circle (see map) where we put up the spinnaker and I trimmed it (eased it out and pulled it taut to optimally keep it filled with wind). Wow, it did get a bit interesting since we had a following sea rocking us side-to-side and played “dodge the boat” as we met the front runners coming out of the river as a pack. There was even more excitement as we got to the turnaround at the top of the map when the spinnaker needed to come down and the jib back up. The sail sheets got tangled around the spinnaker pole when we had to jib before the sail switch. As a crew member put it “I’ve never been so filled with adrenaline at 5 miles an hour!”.
Then we headed back south, doing a bunch of tacks till we crossed the start/finish line. On the way back it was calm enough to take a few pics.
And the scenery is so beautiful out there.
Rehab junior was there, I think he may be catching the sailing bug.
And what is a blog post without a selfie? (Although, since I didn’t take it I guess it’s not really a selfie?)
Have fun and happy sailing.
P.S. The garage projects are coming along nicely so I should be starting the sunfish repairs soon. I’m thinking of converting the trailer to haul two sunfishes and buying a second one. Stay tuned.