Blue Friday- took the ferry from the Highlands to NYC for the day.
Century Club: Ashley Love
DAY 100!!!! It was a chilly frostbite, but the action of trying to win (and succeeding once) the USNA sea wall for the starts warmed us all up straight away.
Walk through/sailing footage. Driving the Boatyard Bar & Grill Filmboat.
FJ for a beginner!
Four days turned into three days (one waiting and two of insanely exciting racing). I felt so welcomed by the fleet and by the Strykers aboard Mayhem. Sailing has an incredible way of bonding people together very quickly!!
The USNA Mids RCed a practice with Allan Terhune coaching and EYC hosting the debrief. LATE MAIN GYBES!
Sailed aboard Seahawk (artwork still says Endorphin). John Pica, owner. Gavin Brady, skipper. Bruce Nairn and I took on the jib. I did pit while he did some kite trim too! We got to 23 knots of boatspeed at one point. It was a wild ride, I'll never forget with incredible people.
Mayhem is saving my life. What a group of fine human beings! TOGA!
Last minute entry into this regatta with new teammates on an old boat. We bookedended really solidly to end up 7th out of 23. So proud of our instant chemistry and power of positivity.
Filmed the event. What a blast!
Last week night of sailing for the year!!!? SO SAD.
Had Scott Steele and Kirstyn Roberts aboard in BREEZE ON conditions. What a blast!
Too much wind for our boat to sail, so we spectated.
Just what I needed. A BLAST of upwind and downwind in 15-18 knots. It was so great to be back on the J80 I raced a lot in past years with familiar faces that I hadn't seen in so long. I've been wanting to sail with Mike Coe again and it may have been my first time out with Dan Wittig and Emerson Smith. Breeze on! What a blast. Lots of nostalgia and good laughs.
Went out again last night!
Corporate charter aboard Lady Sarah.
Sailed with Mayhem for the first time and it was a blast! Light air and mealy is always tricky... The most tense anyone could ever be moving 2 miles an hour for an entire day, ha.
Had the winners of the CRAB Cup AYC auction from last year aboard.
J70 fleet and Wilkins Auto night.
Sailed on Zesty Enterprise with Jake Doyle and Jamie Gilman
Finally a race!
Coaching on an FJ
Ran the leeward mark, start and finish pin boat for the day for the Snipes, Day Sailors and Lightnings.
Raced with some new people on a Viper. Wet & Wild!
Two days of starts at the Chicago end and two days of finishes at the mac end.
Put together the fall boat of our hosts, borrowed a boat from a neighborhood and hit the water for a paddle/beach session and back.
Filming for the last day of the regatta.
Downtown sailing center graciously hosted us for our last Sonar practice before the event next weekend. We had a lot of new team racers to fill out 4 boats with spins. It got pretty breezy near the end which was great because we think the event will be windy.
Evening sail with some friends, old and new. 6:30ish start, out through the bridge around K and the lighthouse and back into the harbor. Did a bit of everything onboard! Coachin' up some new big boat sailors.
The Annapolis Yacht Club was gracious enough to let Team CBYRA (with several members of AYC included) to their Monday night sparring practice! It was definitely breeze on and challenging. I learned a ton about gybe sets, ha. It was the first time I'd actually sailed 3v3 ever!
The DSC hosted us again in their Sonars to get in more practice with boat handling and pass backs (upwind and downwind). So grateful to them! We all donate each time, do some minor work on the boats to try to leave them better than we found them and introduce more people to this Baltimore treasure.
USNA hosted and blasted the competition away. I learned a ton by watching and filming.
USNA hosted and blasted the competition away. I learned a ton by watching and filming.
Nikki, Ginny and Tim on board. Feeling almost like I know what I'm doing!
Whoa, that was hairy! Trimmin' jib and spinnaker for the first time in conditions like that (gusting over 30 knots).
Tried to have a sponsor night with Quantum and the J80s, but the breeze conked out.
Don't you love when you get back together with people you sailed with loooong ago and new people you've never even met and you just click!? Sailing was our common language (even if some of our terminology came from different dialects). The support, our reason. The competition, our energy. The stretch, the growth our mission. The ending is just the beginning. My peeps Elizabeth Shaw O'Toole, Madeline Gill, Suzy Leech, our teammates Janel Zarkowsky, Sarah Renz, Amy M. Gross-Kehoe, Martha Parker, the inaugural New York Yacht Club Women's 2v2 will NOT be the last for the Storm Trysail Club team! Storm Trysail Club Members Only. We wish the other STC Team Race teams the best in the upcoming events!!
2 days of filming! What a great comeback story and incredible feedback from viewers. It was a new audience for us.
Including the practice day.
First session wit Kim!
It was nuclear!
Gettin' ready for the women's events! Sailed with Tim Herzog who got me turned onto the Thayer event and Michael Anne Ashford to see if she could be our third bow chica and she ROCKED IT!
2 days on the bay and they were wild. Big fleets are really somethin' else.
Just gonna add them all in one spot probably!
4/28 - noted.
Pivot. The word of this stetch of time in history. The Wilma Lee takes kids out through the Annapolis Maritime Museum to learn about dredging for oysters and replenishing the oyster beds! They can't take out the kids as often and easily as they're used to, so we filmed the experience!
First time out on Tea Dance Snake for 2021 and it went very well! We went 2-2-2, but more importantly, our crew of 5 seemed to click RIGHT back in after a long haitus. Tactically, boat handling, choreography, comms were solid and can't wait for the NOOD and NAs!
First time out for the Good Trade, Peter Bowe's new (to him) J105. Peter, Mike, me, Todd, Susanna, Mike and Maddie (3 couples and Peter, ha!) took the boat out for its first sail as part of the Tea Dance family program. EYC was running practice starts and races with North Sails. Went pretty well!
Mike, Guy and I had a little powerboat cruise on a small boat from the Downtown Sailing Center. Cruised around Fells Point in the twilight of the day.
Thanks to the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, we got 21 people in J22s in a challenger series-type practice to help practice for the Thayer Trophy 3v3 team racing regatta in June. Conditions ranged between 0 to puffy with full-on hiking and 45 degree shifts. If anything, it helped us learn about each other's personalities on boats! You've got to be patient, adaptive and constantly on your toes!
An unexpected turn of events got the bonfire party to a powerboat mission party.
Janel Zarkowsky and my connection to the Downtown Sailing Center got us a full day of practice yesterday with spinnakers. Stuart Proctor and John O were instrumental in making it possible! We had 13 women come to get on three boats with my boyfriend, Mike MCNamara and the odd lady out to drop some marks, blow some whistles and take some photos.
The morning session was light air, but we got in some sets, douses and penalty turns. Then we headed to shore for lunch as the breeze shifted to the south and had decent breeze for some practice starts and upwind/downwind legs.
Teams were loosely formed by experience levels and weight (to keep all of the teams equal) and people swapped around roles to try out different things. With so many coaches, ranges of boat experience and team vs fleet vs match racing, we learned a lot about the boats, ourselves and each other pretty quickly. It was absolutely fantastic to finally meet the other talented Annapolis area women who, up until this point, we’d only heard of by reputation and/or competed against.
We hope to visit the DSC again soon, maybe by using 6 J22s so we can get the full 3v3 experience. 13 ladies on the water certainly turned some heads. We can’t wait to try out our skills against a bunch of fleet racers who think they know everything...
Bruce and I headed down to Miami to score my first days on the water for 2021. Filming the 94th Bacardi Cup for the Star class for 6 days and the J70s and Melges 24s for the second 3 days of the event.
It was 65 degrees in December, so of COURSE, we had to get out on the water! We cruised around Batlimore playing Frank Sinatra-type Christmas carols on the boat speakers, waving to others who were out on land and on other boats enjoying the day.
While also hauling out Dick Franyo's Montauk!
The trip that never happened.... The events down in Florida all got cancelled for this winter, so Tea Dance is staying put!
Sailed with 5, which seems to be working great. Had pro Jackson Benvenutti on board to learn from him. It was tough having so many chefs, for sure! Called breeze all weekend.
Joined for the second day of racing. Light and weird. Sailed back to SSA from the racecourse. Well, sailed back to Tolley point and got a tow from Leo, SSA laser coach the rest of the way!
It was light and weird for sure!
Photo- Mary Lees Gunther Fox
Turned out to be the best part of the weekend! Firday evening, one hybe around Thomas Point, wire running! Crisp air. Mercury-like water.
We left the dock at sunrise to film the Jeanneau 54 doing a sunrise anchorage/cruise in Mill Creek.
PHRF B won the night again against all of the A boats.
Second time out with Christina
First time out with Rebecca! She rocked it. Racking and gybing right away.
Coaching Lauren Carlo!
We won the night! They combined PHRF B with A and we stomped it.
Practice and racing with Jackson. Learned a bunch.
Day 100!! Had a great evening sail around the harbor with a band playing in the park.
We had an all-lady team aboard Artemis to raise money for the Dowtown Aailing Center. Combine with the J22 all-male team, we won the fundraising challenge! It was super light. We got the two boats ahead of us to finish in place, so we got third. I wish we could've met/interacted with more of the beneficiaries.
Only one more left after tonight! So thankful for running lights that make it possible to keep racing this late in the year. We actually had a proper debrief on the dock and sorted some things out. It's never too late in the season to sort things out.
First time on her new (old) blue laser! We took some time to put the rigging together and christened her in the Chesapeake Bay. Christie was a natural and her dance experience paid off. She was very cognizant of her body placement and how to use her weight. Can't wait to go out again soon!
True North, a docuseries by Suzie Galler hired us for the day to capture drama and action from offboard and drone of the J35 Valhalla during the 2020 Hospice Cup from aboard the Boatyard Bar & Grill. It was crazy windy! We had a great day with great shots. I hope we get to collaborate again soon.
Cindy and I got in a 420 for some great choreography coaching! Hands and footwork.
Two bad spinnaker sets really cost us! We were short handed. I should've gotten the main trimmer to do the guy initially so I could run forward and help out the bow.
Coached Christina Conti from New Jersey who transformed while blasting around double-handed on the laser in 15 knots of breeze. Big breeze, big waves, a capsize while she was tacking, falling out of the boat on a screaming downwind plane and getting left behind in the wake of the boat didn't phase her at all! She was still beaming and asking a ton of questions by the end. SO FUN.
Sooooo glad Baltimore keeps a racing well after Annapolis stops for the year. I wouldn't know what day of the week it was without some evening sailing to look forward to! It was light. There was a 50 degree lefty after the start, which we didn't know was coming and were on the wrong side of. We caught back up to the entire fleet though when a container ship went through the course.
Coaching Lauren Carlo. She took out a laser all by herself for the first time!
We filmed aboard the Schooner Woodwinds with Captain Jenn to film some 360 video.
USSailing teamed up with T2PTV to film a series of videos for their new App "Skill Up" to help teach youth sailors how to do maneuvers in dinghies. We filmed Optis and 420s doing all sorts of things like launching, landing, tacking, gybing, setting up a tow, etc.
It was a light night and I wore a bright yellow shirt from the Crab regatta. We're ahead of Circus at the very end, but to no avail. Could have lifted them up, match racing style..., but that would have been pretty annoying.
Racin with Tea Dance Snake
Windy! Long course. Cool shots.
The waterway out to the racecourse was closed due to Pence speaking at Ft. McHenry, so it seemed like racing was doomed! But fret not. We on Artemis rallied the boats trapped inside the safety zone to do a fun race! We chose a course, announced it over the radio, grabbed a fog horn and started a 5-minute sequence! 7 boats joined in to race past the Downtown Sailing Center in front of all of the little tikes learning how to sail. Kites and evertying, RIGHT in the inner harbor, which we rarely get to do. Good times.
Jenner's and is took Artemis over to Mike and Maddies to grill some food and go for a lovely sail.
No wind, but we left the dock anyways to bring the boat around from Mullers
It was liiiight out there!
Coaching Lauren Carlo. We worked on speed control today with red light/green light/orange light and then translated that into coming up to a full stop next to a speed marker. It's harder than it sounds, but all important stuff to ya know, be on a starting line, come up to a powerboat that wants to throw you a beer or... dock!
What a gorgeous, cloudy, chill, windy day for a race. Super short race course with 70+ boats kept the fleet tight together and action-packed. So great to be on the boat again with the all-female team. Experience levels all over the place, all growing and learning together.
Bryan, Gareth, Airbnb guest Christina, Lauren Carlo and I left the dock at 5:20, sailed then motored through a storm and had a lovely night cruise down to Annapolis.
Only two left and a practice day! Sailed well, but a bit too high/fast on average.
We sailed all the way to the Naval Academy bridge and back.
Held out of SSA with Nikki
Last minute blast with Rob Mills and Nikki aboard Paul Murphy's VXOne. He's generous with his boat! Probably because Rob is buying one soon.
Racing was cancelled, but we went out anyways.
What a FIASCO it was!! I wish we could do it all over again...
S1R1. All the boats are back together. KB did the filming.
We beat our arch nemesis in the last 6 minutes of the race!
Day 2 with Lauren and first time coaching Heather Patterson. The ear to ear smile and the exclamation that gybing was now her favorite thing to do really really made my day.
Lauren's first time on a sailboat! She's a natural...
got stung by a jelly fish. Witnessed a rudder sinking.
We didn't race, but we did leave the dock!
Another light, hot day of racing. Storms almost came in in time to cool us off, but not quite.
Took a couple of Mike's business associates and their kids out for their first sail ever!
Brought the boat south to spend the night closer to the starting line of the Race to Baltimore. Took off in the evening, saw some wildlife, got Garreth "trapezing" while driving with a boat hook attached to the tiller extension. Slept like a log. A bit hot.
race to Baltimore took two start attempts cuz of current. Swimming, doing bow barefoot, did well.
gusting to 24 knots on a J70 with 5 little people. Mike, Todd, Me, Nikki and Wilson. WHAT A BLAST. I learned a bunch from the experience and can't wait to get out in such big weather again!
As a celebration of Dave Gendell's new book!
Todd drive and I did main/tactics with Mike outta town. We FINALLY beat Flying Circus. By quite a bit!
Coaching Christian and Colton, two small 10-year-olds with me on one full rig laser. It actually worked GREAT!
The EYC Boomerang aboard the mighty Jubilee! 10-20 almost the whole way around the 56-mile overnight race out of Annapolis. Downwind start in 15-20, shooting stars, stunning orange moon rise, passed 3 boats between Thomas Point and the finish and need to sleep now. Thank you for having us, Keith Mayes!
We got in a 2.5 hour session well before the storm moved in! Sofia is really gaining confidence on the laser. She took some gybes like a champ and figured out all on her own how to get out of irons in moderate air.
What a hoot. Many hours of sun, swimming, touring and faking onlookers out with fake wipe outs.
The courses were parades with odd downwind starts on port.
We took the Boatyard Bar & Grill Film boat around to the city dock gas station to fill 'er up.
Only managed to get a practice start in between two monster storms!
The weather forecast of 3, gusting to 20 was very accurate. It felt like we experienced everything a boat would in an offshore race in the span of 2 hours. Confusing breeze, sideways rain with lightning and thunder, becalmed about to throw the anchor out to prevent moving backwards in the current when the breeze died and a 180 degree windshift to sail two legs, out and back, both upwind... We sang songs, we made up lyrics, we laughed and had a ball.
photo credit: Mary Lees Fox Gunther.
We took out some neighbors of Mike's that had never been on a sailboat before! A little while into the trip, we had them working the entire boat with all sails up. A rainbow at sunset, great views of the industrial workings of the city, Fort McHenry and the recently-placed Frances Scott Key buoy made for a great night on the water.
Scott Nixon from Quantum came aboard the BB&G Film boat to co-commentate and tell their sponsorship story during a JWorld Thursday Night race. It was a perfect night and we got to film all 4 classes.
Great breeze. We started together with A division in great breeze. Puffy and shifty.
Coaching Sofia and she took out her own laser and sailed it single handed in 10 knots of breeze! We didn't do any gybing, but I was still so proud.
A few of us took out Fevas for a spin around Baltimore harbor. We were single handing with main, jib and small spinnaker.
Light air, so a lot of crew work to keep us goin' quickly!
On the Boatyard Bar & Grill video boat!
Unwind from a Monday on the water.
Two private laser coaching sessions back-to-back with strong women who want to gain confidence and knowledge.
Swapped out the rudder and brought Artemis II home from the Old Bay Marina. It was light and on the nose, so we motored the whole way. It was a grand entrance back through the Key Bridge, past the Fort and home to the Downtown Sailing Center.
We went out each Wednesday to film the Annapolis Yacht Club Wednesday Night racing!
Dusted off the laser and raced for the first time in probably 3 years. It was sunny, warm and windy! Amazing sunset.
Priavte coaching in lasers out of SSA.
A good friend took a few of us out on her motor boat for an evening cruise.
Double-handed outing to race the Gale Force Sailing Course with Todd Jenner. Average 7 knots, ripping ebb, no class rules!
From Truxton Park to Manresa. Helping a friend move her power boat to its dock slip.
Helped do boatwork while Artemis II is on the hard at Old Bay Marina. Helped prep for bottom paint job.
I collected trash and properly disposed of about 20 pounds of trash at the Old Bay Marina. The site cleared was against the waterfront.
A busy doctor plans to spend her annual vacation fulfilling her long-held dream of sailing from Gibraltar to the small island of Ascension in the Atlantic. But everything changes when she sees a damaged, overloaded boat full of refugees nearby. Knowing that at least a hundred people could drown, she begins to organize to help them but slowly begins to fear that it will be impossible to do so.
Watched it. Loved it.
I was a speaker for the Online Crew Party and attended once I was finished with my part of the speaking.
Visited our friends who live aboard a boat to see what life is like. It's pretty great.
Participated and continue to participate in live work outs with USSailing on their "Starboard Portal".
Hosted a game of "Kings" with Baltimore sailing friends.
Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Clearwater, Florida.
Crewed for Jake Doyle on a J22.