Century Club: Steven Birchfield

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 to Sunday, November 14, 2021
Number of days:
8 days

October 19th - Practice for PAX highschool sailing - Im a coach

October 22nd - Solo Cruse around Solomons

October 24th - Sailing on the Dee of St. Marys

October 28th - Delivery of friends new J33 from Annapolis to Solomons

October 31st - Frostbite race #1 SMSA

November 4th - Practice for PAX highschool sailing - Im a coach

November 7th - Frostbite race #2 SMSA

November 14th - Frostbite race #3 SMSA

Friday, October 8, 2021 to Sunday, October 10, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

 

Friday Octover 8th- helped teach the highschool sail team. light air tachtics

Saturday October 9th - Distance Race from Solomons to Hoopers point lighthouse to Pt. No Pt. Lighthouse and back
Sunday October 10th - Fall invitational with SMSA. W/L race. Took 2nd. Loads of fun short handed in 20kts! My son helmed the boat on all the down wind legs! 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 to Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Tuesday October 5th and Tuesday October 12th - Went for a short cruse to watch Tommy practice racing. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 to Monday, September 27, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

Thursday 09/23 - Taught the Highschool kids for the evening. 

Friday 09/24 - Delivered Barba Roja to Annapolis for AYC to Solomons

Saturday 09/25 - Fall Race to Solomons / AYC event

Sunday 09/26 - Screwpile Regatta Day 1

Monday 09/27 - Screwpile Regatta Race day #2

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 to Sunday, September 19, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

Wednesday eveing we had a fun race where my crew got to practice working on our starts and tacking. We ended up doing well in the race and got 1st in our class by 11secs. 

Thursday thru Sunday I helped with the on the water activities as Support boat 2 for the Bucc 18 Nationals, which was held at our club this year. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021 to Sunday, September 12, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

I had a blast this weekend sailing with my son on his Muttineer Hydra Beast. We had 3 classes of boats racing, Lasers, Bucc's and Portsmith. We sailed in the Portsmith fleet with 8 other boats. As ive said on previous occations, Tommy is the helsmen when on his boat even at 12yrs old! We didnt win, but we did a hell of a job keeping the compatition on there toes! We placed 5th over all for the 2 days. Not too bad considering we were faced off agaist 2 VX's, 2 I20 Scows, an Albacor, a Flying Scott, a "Flat top" Laser and a Club 420! I m super proud of our performance and took a TON of pictures for the club and our Facebook page.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to Friday, September 10, 2021
Number of days:
10 days

August 31- Out photographing Tommy and the Highschool team for there first practice.

September 1st - Wednesday night race. We took 1st place! woo hoo... The huricane kept alot of boats tied to the dock.... but were crazy and love the big breeze! 

September 2nd - I did RC for the Small boat race. We got to see the Pride of Baltimore come in and anchor for the evening as well! 

September 3rd - Took friends out on my boat to teach them sailing. had a great time watching the Pride sail around solomons. 

September 5th - Solo sail in light air... only stayed out about an hour...

September 6th - Solo sail to the Solomons Bridge and back. SAiled from the dock and back to it on the big boat. Though it was goo practice incase the motor ever fails.

September 7th - Went out to watch Tommy sail with the highschool team and ended up crusing around the solomons area with just the genoa out. Watched tommy get wet...haha... poor kid...lol

September 8th - Last Wendsday night race in Series B for SMSA 

September 9th - Last Thursday night race on Tommy boat Hydra Beast

September 10th -Sailing with friends and watching tommy on the highschool team.   

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 to Thursday, August 26, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Watched my boast race around the course from RC on Wednesday evening and Thursdays i asisted with RC by being the crash boat for the small boat fleet 

Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Thursday, August 19, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

August 14th - Teaching on my boat! the young couple i took out did a great job and handled the boat realy well. It was a great day on the water! 

August 18th - Keel boat race at my club in Solomons. We took second place for the night in our fleet

August 19th - RAcing with my son last night. No wind...we were a paddle boat for the first hour on the water! then we got some lite breze and were able to get one race in. Out of 11 boats we took Third place. Im realy proud of how well my son is doing learning to sail and helm his boat!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 to Thursday, August 12, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Raced Wednesday evening 8/11/21

Raced with my son on his boat Hyrda Beast on 8/12/21

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Went on a relaxing 12nm solo sail on Sunday in Solomons! 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 to Thursday, August 5, 2021
Number of days:
13 days

July 21th- RC for Keel Boat race at SMSA.

July 22nd- Small Baot race with my Son on Hydra Beast

July 23rd- Move boat from off the hard back tto the slip!!! 

July 24th-Sharps Island Middle Distance race 

July 25th- Took out of town family out sailing for the day. There first time on a sailboat!

July 28th- SMSA Wed. Night Keel boat race - Took second place

July 29th- Moved the Barba Roja to Annapolis to prepair for my first GOV CUP on my own boat!

July 30th- GOV CUP race! chased the Pride of Baltimore II down the bay...

July 31st- Arrived In St. Mary Collage at 3:24am! Holy cow its the earliest ive ever finished the race... We take home a Third Place trophy! WOO HOO!!!

July31st- Evening/ move the Barba Roja back to Solomons

August 1st- Teaching Adult learn to Sail at SMSA.

August 4th- SMSA wed. night Keel boat race. Took 2nd place

August 5th- SMSA Thursday night small boat race on Hydra Beast with my son. took 3rd over all for the evening.

Saturday, July 17, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

So, ive been a teacher on the weekends helping with the adulit learn to sail class. Im enjoying it more then i thought i would. Teaching is helping me be a better sailer as well. Im not saying, im the best, but I guess im good enough to teach...lol. We spend 3 hours on the water, sail from and to the dock with out a motor

 

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 to Thursday, July 15, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

July 7th - My boats on the hard, so I talked a friend into taking his baot out to race! Still had loads of fun!

July 10th - Took my son out for his new sail test! the little MUTT did 7knts plaining on a reach! Docked then went out again. 2 in one day! 

July 14th - Almost a reace.... I was going to take my sons boat out with him for the keel boat race...but mother nature had other plans! 

July 15th - RC duties for SMSA small boat race.

Saturday, July 3, 2021 to Sunday, July 4, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

July 3rd - Sailing lession for SMSA students

July 4th - Boat parade! and the fireworks later in the evening!

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

After destroying the spinnaker last weekend, I got a new-er...one...and i LOVE it. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to Sunday, June 27, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

June 23rd - We switched nights with another club boat for RC. His boat had been our of the water for months and the same week they went into the water, was the week he has signed up for RC! I happly switched with him. Too bad we had no wind! 

 

June 24th - Racing with my son on his Muttineer 15. This would be the last sail on this boat with the old sails. The new sails arrived on Friday and man are they "crispy"!!! tommy is excited to get them on the boat and try them out... i am too! 

June 24th - Moved my boat from Washburns marina back to my slip. 

June 26th - 42nm distance race down the bay to marker 70R and back to solomons. We got very wet, ate chicken, dank rum... rounded the windward mark at 70R and launched th kite. Everything went great till... the gybe.... it all went to hell in a hurry. wrapped the kite around teh head stay, hour glass, rounded up resulting in the spin pole "pitch poling" and almost distroying the pole car on the mast, the spinaker tore almost completly in half... it was a mess.After collecting our selfs, we rigged somethignt o get the pile back up and winged the Genoa out, going wing on wing. With following seas and a stiff 20kts of wind, we git 10.4kts! It is the official fastest he boat has ever gone... we didtn win... but survived and learned and finished all the rum we had left! 

 

June 27- Reduced crew for a 20nm total race. I oppted to go Non spin for this race due to the crew skill level and the conditions were the same as the day befor. we too second place. 

 

Over all covered 80+ nm over the weekend. High highs and Lowe lows...

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to Saturday, June 19, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

6/16 - Race on Wednesday night

6/17 - RC for Thursday night

6/19 - Taught 3 new sailers on a Holder 20 as part of our Clubs Adult learn to sail program.

Saturday, June 12, 2021 to Sunday, June 13, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Crewed fro my son on his Muttineer 15 Hydra Beast! We had a great weekend sailing and took 3rd place on the distance race and 5th on the second day after 6 races. a total of 32nm sailed over the whole weekend! Couldnt think of a better way to spind my time than sailing with my son. Great job bud! 

Sunday, June 6, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

After a long weekend of house work and fixing ALL the cars...(eye roll) lol... a much needed break on the water was needed. My son an I headed out for a 20nm sail to the Chesapeake bay, then back to the solomons bridge and finaly back to the dock. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to Thursday, June 3, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

We havd a fleet building day for SMSA last night on Wednesday and this evening ill be running the RC boat for the smallboat race. 

Monday, May 31, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Went for a solo sail Monday. what else can i say...I love sailing on the chesapeake.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to Thursday, May 27, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Last race of the series. I had a bad start and sailed to the wrong mark... we made up soem time, but it just wasnt enough... fortunitly, all we had to do to win was cross the finish line. We crossed in second place and are still a comfortable 3 points ahead for the series! We have some boat work coming up in the next few weeks, ....so RC? 

 

Tonight we have another Hydra beast race! We need toi get to the boat early and patch up the jib... we had about 3 holes in it from the last race. Presision Sails still has not delivered the new ones I ordered back in January!!! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 to Thursday, May 20, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Wedneday we ended up getting First Place! supper excited and it puts us in the lead in the points race! 

Thursday I went out with RC and learned a bit so i can do RC more for the small boat races and ensure we have them. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021 to Monday, May 17, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Saturday 5/15 - Frost Goode Race up PAX river. We got stuck in a section of bad air and finished the race after the time limit... NOT COOL... oh well i guess thats sailing sometimes! 

Monday 5/17- Im looking to possible be a teacher at my club for new sailors. So the instructors all took out the 2 Holder 20s we will be using for training and test sailed them in the river and back. It was a nice sailing boat! I liked them. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

My son and I went out for a SMSA small boat race last night. Race #1 we NAILED the start! it was exciting being inchs from oter boats and having the advantage on the start line. It turned into a drifter and Tommy did realy well in the lite air. We ended up in 7th out of 9 boats. Im still waiting to recive his new sails i ordered in January... I think he will see a good improvement in performance once he has them.   

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Nothing should have worked out the way it did last night.....but it did and we finished a race in very lite conditions! we were the only boat in out class to finish... but hey! A wins a win right?

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Tommy an I went out on his boat for some racig on thursday night. We were able to correct over a flying scott, even with the OLD sails! tommy is doing a great job driving the boat and I cant be more proud! 

Sunday, May 9, 2021 to Monday, May 10, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Double hander race this past saturday. We had a TEARABLE time getting the spinaker up in 22kts of wind with a twist in the clue and then a sheet running off the wnech and off the boat! uhg,,,, we probable got last, but we hung in there and finished, 

Last night WE went out to watch the rocket take off at wollps island... that didnt happend for the 3rd night in a row! o well.the sailing was perfect! 

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Wow what a race! It was sporty to say the least! We did tear the spinaker and shrimp it a little, but no one was hurt, we all had fun and if not for a mistake steering on my part, we would have been in first. But... man what a race! Love doing this stuff! Winds were up at 25kts gustuing to 34kts.... full main.... full 155% Genoa.... DEATH BEFOR REEFING! lol...we didnt die ;) 

Saturday, May 1, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Well... it didnt go as planned... we attempted to do some fishing on Saturday, but the winds were way to high and the sea state was up. My son actually got a little sea sickness for the first time. after 2 hours I called it, and we went in. Still.. any day on the water beats a day on land!

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

My son and I took his Mutt out for A thursday night race. The goal stared out as just finish each race... then as we progressivly got better, it was "lets beat that lasar... then "come on! o want to beat that 420! Well we did! took sixth place over all after 4 races. Not too bad for a 11yr old skipper and 40yearlod sails! 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

We had a good race overall. I learned i valuable lesson at the start and how i was in the wrong, but at the time i was unsure of the rules.Luckly the other competitors didnt proetst and we all hashed it out afterwards at the club with a drink. We had a few new sailor with us for the race, so as im learning im also trying to teach. it can get challaging at times. We took third place for our class and it was a very nice evening on the water. 

Monday, April 26, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Took my son out to see the Pride of Baltimore come into the mouth of the Patuxant River. Wow what a cool ship! Pictures say it all!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Out cruzin today. Sailed 18.68nm in and around Solomon's. This was a solo sail. I'm beginning to like it more and more and my confidence is growing! It's simply the best being under sail and on the water! 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

We left the dock for a race in solomons... got our in the river with 20kts gusting to 38kts.... RC called the race, I called for drinks for the crew! we drove around for 4.5nm and then went in to try to dock the baot... that was fun...haha! . 

Saturday, April 17, 2021 to Sunday, April 18, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Saturday 4/17 - First Place! Woo hoo!!! We ended up sailing a total of 52nm to go 38nm and when the wind started to shut off it delayed our expected finish time. 12 hours. But what a 12 hours it was! I had a great crew of 5 with addition of my son Tommy Birchfield. More pics can be found on FB at my team page "Sailing Team Barba Roja 73052"

 

Sunday 4/18 -4th Place. Stupid A fleet race boats...haha. I only kid. We ended up 4th in a 4.8nm race with the club we lost to all the the boats not in our class... soo 3 A fleet boats and were in C... o well. I also had a full new crew, with folks who havent sailed with me or not at all. We even got the spinaker up! Super proud of our performance. 

 

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

First! and Double handed with my son! what a fun and exciting race! not much to say... we rocked that S**t ! 

Saturday, April 10, 2021 to Sunday, April 18, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

Wow... a full weekend on sailing on the water! whats not to like! 2 laps under the Solomons Bridge on my sons Mutt and one lap on my under spinnaker. Then a Race on Sunday to close it out! 20 miles just in the solomons area! 

Im very proud of my son, he is handling the boat very well, showing a little rust on the edges, but over all he is doing great! pictures will tell the story! 

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Well... we took the old Mutt out for a race... in 20kts of wind... with sails from 1974...lol... We had to retire from the race, but not for what your thinking... the mast stayed up, the sails held together...nope the dam Goose neck came apart! We were doing good too! Not winning, but doing good. This was the first race ive ever had to retire from, but with my son at the helm and the treat of MORE damage, it was a good idea. So, i am off to Bacon today to see about a replacement. We are also going to tighten up the rig and once over the boat again befor Saturdays race! We logged about 6 miles last night. 

 

Ohh and did i mention we had about a ft of water in the boat? lol..... it was fun! 

Saturday, April 3, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Sooo.... Saturday 4/3/21, My son and I went down to our CLUB to finish preping his boat for the season. about an hour of sail repair and rigging adjustments, we set the boat in the water. Hydra Beast was finaly wet on her bottom for the first time in 2021. We got prepaired to push away from the dock, rased the main...un-tied... and the halyard knot pulled lose, the sail slid down the track and we had to quickly figure out how to get back to the dock! ( This is #1...we did leave the dock...lol) 

 Once back at the dock, i was able to float the boat away from the dock turn it on its side, and restring the haylard. I guess this was a good test of the new boyancy we added to the boat over the winter! With the halyard re-strung thru the mast head again, Tommy went to bail out the water that no resided in the was completly dry cockpit...lol. 

Round 2! We rased the mainsail again, pulled some outhaul, added some vang.. and off the dock we went! Tacking back and forth away from the club felt great! Tommy was getting a feel for the boat.I was also figuring out how everything we added to the boat was going to work now! lots of new tech to help the boat perform... Some lines I found were much too long and one we get his new sails we can shorten them accourdingly. ( This was #2)

We sailed Out to the river and eventualy turned down wind again to come back to the dock. 5.89kts on GPS !not too shabby for a boat built in 1974!  We arrived back a t the dock where we could practice arriving and leacing the dock. We tied up for a few mis, grabed for sports drinks from the cooler in the car and back out we went! (This is #3) We put in 5.56 miles total that day, mostly in Back creek and 2 short stents on the river. We decided not to venture too far out with out a chase boat or some one to help incase something happend. Tommy is "Stupid excited" and I am as well for him. its going to be a fun year!  

 

Monday, March 29, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

So after Sundays gale... I had to re-park the boat. After backing it out of the slip I did what any sailor would do... went for a sail! 10min job was now an hour of relaxing on the water. :)

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 to Sunday, March 28, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Wednesday 03/24/21 - Refit sails on the boat and tested fuction on Back creek, Solomons.

Saturday 03/27/21 - Rebuilt the fuel system on the boat to solve a mistory fuel leak causing the boat to smell like diesel! one bad O-ring can casue alot of fustration! motored up to the fuel dock and back after repairs were complete.

Sunday 03/28/21 - RACE! weather was Overcast with winds 6 to "40! " We had a great time, boat ran great, docking...well that was another story! It appers i need work docking the boat in 30-450kts of breeze... we got her in the slip with out hitting anything, but it was a challege... Good news is we got second for the days race! Woo Hoo! Im hoping to head back down the the dock today to turn her around and fix all the dock lines. 

Sunday, March 21, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Race #2...." THe Drifter"

 

This Sunday, we had our second Frostbites race! Conditions were calling for lite and less! we finaly had an opurtunity to use my mylar lite #2 headsail! And it worked like a charm! We didnt win or anything as all the A and B fleet boats all start the course at the same time, but we finished the race where our nearest compition did not. Results have not been posted yet, but Im excited to see the corrected time on the course! It was probably the most fun drifting race ive ever had. 

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

03/18/21

Yesterday evening, We got the Spare main put up for the first time. Its an old baggy sail, but I was able to pull on everything hard enough to get a decent shape out of it. My son and a new crew member joined me for the short 4.6 mile sail around the Solomons Sandbar to give the sail a test in 6 to 12knts of wind. We celibrated with a "nip" of rum!

MISSING DATES:

01/09/21 - Sailed solomons and PAX river for 21.1nm round trip cruse.

03/03/21 - Sailed to the solomons Bridge and back to the dock for 8.3nm round trip

03/06/21 - Sailed/ motored back creek for 1.2nm round trip

 

 

* working on 1000nm in one year... im currently at 121.35nm! I guess slow and steady "winds" the race? 

Sunday, March 14, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Well....(sigh...) it was an expensive day... 

The first race of the year is in the bag...After having a damaged furling drum befor leaving the dock, we lost a winch handle over the side, exploded ever sail lug on the mainsail and had a cup holder go missing that was mounted on the inside of the cockpit... thankfully the cup was already empty so no rum went to waste... we got 4th place out of 5 boats. not our best performance, but we did manage the boat across the course in 20-30kts of breeze with only 3 crew. Im proud of how everyone handled themselfs our performance during a crisis. Its only money...right? 

Smooth seas never made for skilled sailors! 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Raced home, grabbed the boy and we went out sailing! logged 10.2 nm crusing around solomons till the sun went down. Always a great time!

Friday, February 26, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Went out in the AM for a sail test! needed >10kts of wind...for once. lol Im usally looking for more!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

My son Tommy Birchfield and I went for a cruse around Solomons for a few hours till the sun went down and it got cold...ok... it got COLD...lol. 

Friday, February 19, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Short scoot away from the dock with my little girl to shake the ice off the rig! 

Friday, January 22, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Took my son Tommy Birchfield and went sailing out to Hoopers Island lighthose and back. We went by solomons as the sun was going down and listed to the SPINSHEET happy hour on my phone as we drifted along. See attached pictures!  

Sunday, January 17, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Took the boat out for a short motor to warm up everythign befor winterizing the motor befor a cold spell. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Took my kids sialing today. They had a great time on all points of sail.  Even tossed up the spinnaker!! Its been a great year!.....so far....!

Friday, January 1, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Solo sail in the morning! It was cold, but I cant think of a better way to start the year! Happy new year's everyone!

Monday, December 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Took my two kids out on the water for a short but spicy sail on the water December 23rd. We only put out the head sail and did mostly down wind... everytime i came up to a beat, my daughter would yell and tell me to turn down!?!? I guess we had to much canvas out for her and she wanted a flat boat! LOL. All in all, we had a great time. Hot coco was made when we hit the dock afterwards! Lots of cold smiles! 

Friday, December 11, 2020 to Saturday, December 12, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Friday December 11th My Son tommy and I put his mutineer 15 into the water for the second time ever. This time with the mast and sails ready to go! We sailed around the Solomons Island creeks and rivers for 2.5 miles. My son was so excited and I proud of him! 

Saturday December 12th, Dads secret plan goes into effet! I stole the Mutt for a race against some Buccs! We did 6 races off of Solomons Island, and the tired old boat with almost 50yr old sails rounded the course, made every mark and got us home with our issue! What a great littel boat ! I can see why people are drawn to the smaller boats... so much fun! 

All in all 2 days on the water of fun in December... cant beat it!

 

Sunday, November 22, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We had our last race of the year on Sunday November 22nd. Lite wind conditions made for a comfortable race, and the rum befor the finish made it all the better! Im hoping to have a few more days on the water this year, but with COVID raming up... my work load in increasing. I know Im always in my best head space when sailing on the water. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Race 3 of the SMSA frostbites series. We did realy well but could only manage a 4th place with the higher winds. 

Sunday, November 8, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Sunday Nov. 8th - SMSA's second Frostbite race of the fall. We took 4th in non spin, but held our own. the other boats were MUCH faster then us and we just couldnt correct over them with the wind we had...but with 70 deg temps in November... who can complain! 

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Well I hit 100... And Sundays race started out very much like this year. It was a cold wet dreary start for Sundays Frostbite race. I olny had one crew member show up... But, we did well, took second in our class and had a nip of rum at the end of the race to celibrate 100 days and the now sunny weather at the finish of the race! Unfortunitly I did not take any pictures... My phones were stowed below out of the wet and nasty weather. Come to think of it. we went with out any nav or instuments for the whole race! I guess we were out felling the angles and changes in pressure! All in all, it was a great day and Im glad to have hit 100. I have 3 scheduled races left in the year and maybe 2 more family outing. round out with 105? Sure let do it! 

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

99 days in the bag! once again my first mate and son Tommy Birchfield has joine me for our 99th sail of the year! One for to go!! We went out so sail around solomoms and enjoy the fall weather. Swung by the Bucctoberfest race for SMSA and snaped about 50 pictures and some video of them racing. I figured who doesnt like seeing them selfs on the water!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Went out for a sail Wednesday evening with my son. We listened to Blues guitar on the radio and relaxed while sailing around Solomons. Hardest part was returning to the dock... I just didnt want to!

Friday, October 16, 2020 to Sunday, October 18, 2020
Number of days:
3 days

Firday October 16th was short motor around the creek to pump out the black water tank and refuel for the weekends races. 

 

Saturday October 17th - Hoopers island / Point no Point lighthouse race. We had great wind and an awesome downwind race! Truly my Pearson 31 is a downwind machine! now... if i could only get her to perform upwind in the same way! I dont know to race results yet, but I feel like we got a solid 3rd place. Crew was great and everyone had a "cold," but fun time!

 

Sunday October 18th - Fall invitational race. Totaly new crew... so we didnt perform our best. We did finish the race in last place. I actually ended up being the fordeck and letting another crew member helm the boat so we could go down wind "Propperly." I think everyone had fun and the new crew members said they would love to come back. So ill take it as win. 

Sunday, October 11, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

I took my mother and step father for a moring cruse. Caught a fish and a lite breeze. All had a great day. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Well, I guess this late in the season, some are looking to pull their boats from the water... not me! I was busy working on repairing items we broke in the Screwpile race and get the boat ready for 2 races next week! After repairs were made, we took the boat out and tested a new to me spinaker. If it worked i would have bought it from the owner. but... it was very narrow for the boat and i couldnt get the spin pile high enough to square the Clews...o'well... still had a great time, and it was cool to see a different spin up on the boat.

Friday, September 25, 2020 to Monday, September 28, 2020
Number of days:
4 days

Friday September 25th, my son and I delivered the boat to Annapolis for the AYC race to Solomons. We had a great time and it was a much needed "stay-cation."

Saturday September 26th, we raced from Thomas point to Solomons in just under 8 hours! hugged the rum line almost perfect the whole trip. It was rainy and foggy and we listened to Jazz the whole way! was a great day on the water!

Sunday September 27th, No wind... First day of screwpile, we sat around PR1 waiting for the wind to fill...only to get about 3/4 of a mile of racing in befor they called it for the day. Sad face...lol.

Monday September 28th, WIND!!! WE were able to get 3 races in. We suffered a number a breakages and didnt place well, but we started every race and finished every race. Thats a win in my book! Im looking forward to seeing the pictures on Spinsheet hopfully later today.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We had our last wednesday evening race last night. It was a lite air evening, finishing in th dark. New crew came down to race who will be with me for the Screwpile Regatta this upcoming weekend. Fun was had by all.

Saturday, September 19, 2020 to Sunday, September 20, 2020
Number of days:
3 days

Went out 2 times on Saturday Once in 20kts appt wind and then again in the evening when the wind layed down to test some new widjets that may help up get across the race course faster.

Sunday I took the family our for a cruze around solomons. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Wednesday evening beer can race. We didnt win, however i was happy with our performance. a boat that has walked away from us all year, couldnt shake us and we bet them to the windward mark on both laps! the downwind legs we had to go non-spin,I didnt have a fordeck crew member, and wanted toi go easy on the boat. Screwpile is only a week away! 

Saturday, September 12, 2020 to Sunday, September 13, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Skipper at the Helm
  • Ship on course

Double handed 12.4 mile race out into the Chesapeak Bay on Saturday September 12th.

 

Cruze around solomons on Sunday Septermber 13th.

 

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

WE didnt do so well in the race, but had a ton of fun, and nothing broke and no one got hurt. So it was a win in our minds!

Friday, September 4, 2020 to Monday, September 7, 2020
Number of days:
4 days

Delivery to and from of sailing vessel Cheetah to the Fishing Bay Yatch Club for the Stingray Point 2020 Regatta race over the weekend, plus 2 days of racing! 4 days on the bay is a great way to spend a weekend! Took 3rd over all and came home. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Short handed race. Slow start, played catchup the whole race. Our down wind game was ON POINT! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Wednesday night race. Nothing extrodinary. Fun was had by all!

Sunday, August 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Changed the head sail to an old sail ive never used. need to have the sun shade repaired on the Genoa... Still got to sail though... so i put up an old sail id never used. It didnt blow up, i took it as a win!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

So If im running the RC boat and my sailboat is still in the race, with out me onboard... does it count a 2? LoL 

 

Wednesday evening beer can race. Took the family out on our clubs RC boat and ran the race. It was a drifter... i felt so bad for the boats once the course was set and the wind died...but what can you do.

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

On Saturday August 15th my son an I went out and sailed around all the SMSA course markers in solomons to update a new GPS mapping system I have on the boat. With winds around 14-22kts, we played is safe and only put out 50% of the genoa... at thats it! we made a steady 5kts of boat speed and had a ballenced boat. What fun! When the rain picked up, we called it quits and headed in. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 to Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Tuesday August 11th - an hourout for new crew training around solomons

Wednesday August 12th - Wednesday evening race. Start was lite to no wind with it filling from the south to 16kts! Were hoping for 3rd place. We got the breezer late, which our competitors got befor us. We were able to make up some time on the course and finish in a better spot then we started. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

On Sunday August 9th. We took the boat out to attend the blessing of the fleet hosted by Solomons Island Yatch Club. It was a beautiful day and also my wedding anniversery! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

August 5th - Wednesday evening beer can race. We did GRRRREAT! First boat to round the mark and still waiting to see if anyone corrected over us during the race. We had a great evening!

Saturday, August 1, 2020 to Sunday, August 2, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Went out for a cruse with a few friends on Saturday.

Sunday practice for a double handed race in a few weeks. 5 mile course of my own design. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 to Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

A tuesday sunset cruise and a Wednesday race. Nothing fancy. Pics are from the race.

July 28th and 29th

Friday, July 24, 2020 to Monday, July 27, 2020
Number of days:
4 days
  • Crew excited to see a big ship
  • almost to the mark
  • A tire skipper, skippers on
  • Yay wind!

July 24th - Test and tune for Saturdays race. Sailed around solomons to make sure everything was good to go for Saturdays race.

 

July 25th thru 26th -  The day started early in the morning making last min preparations for the Solomons to Sharps Island and back distance race. We started the race in lite winds of 3-5kts out of the north. It was a slow trip jumping from puff to puff. Around 2pm the wind shut off while we were neer taylors island in the shallows. We hooked a crabpot line with our rudder, saw a sea turtle, dolphans, and sting rays all while the current continued to move us 1-2 kts in the direction of the light house. there was so little wind we struggled a few times to keep the boat from runing aground. At one point i looked at my GPS and it showed us passing over land where sharps island should have been! all the while my depth finder is yelling at me there was less the 2ft of water under the keel. The wind finaly started to fill from the south when we spotted the lighthouse. we had been drifting for 4 hours! It felt good to have some breeze again! We made the light house at 8:29pm.. 10+ hours to go 20nm and now it was getting dark. We sailed in the dark back down the bay dodging large ships comming down the channel, and crossed the finish line on Sunday morning at 2:06am A tired crew was relived and looking forward to getting home befor the sun came up. It was a tough race, but we did it! Im proud of my crew, and my 11yr son who wanted this to be his first distance race! 

 

July 27th - Post race repairs and testing in the creek.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

On July 22nd we contemplated staying at the dock and not racing. The weather was building and a  bad storm was getting ready to pass over head with 40kt winds and lighting. We let the storm pass and decided to still head out after hearing that RC was headiong out on station. Turned out that the storm system didnt want us to race that night. They ended up canceling to race and we went back tot the peir. I found a good opertunity afterwards o take my crew out for a beer and wings as a thank you for the great season thus far and for getting us into second place in the last series. All has a great time. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 to Monday, July 20, 2020
Number of days:
5 days

Wednesday evening beer can Race on July the 15th.

Spent 3 days making needed repairs to the boat with testing in the evening.  July 16th, 17th, 18th

More repairs and testing on the motor on July 20th

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 to Thursday, July 9, 2020
Number of days:
3 days
  • Momma relaxing
  • Barba Roja running with the wind
  • A clean start for "us"

Tuesday evening I took the family out on a "river cruise" just something nic and calm to relax.

Wednesday evening We went racing and did GREAT!!! good crew, good times, and good wind!

Thursday evening some minor work in the boat folllowed by a short test around solomons. 

 

Friday, July 3, 2020 to Sunday, July 5, 2020
Number of days:
3 days
  • Reaching to the Solomons Bridge
  • night time
  • Leaving solomons on a close reach

A nice relaxing cruise Friday thru Sunday. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Tooks some friends out on Monday to test a new spinnaker setup for lite air. It worked great! ....till

Wednesday evenings race, was lite to ZERO! and my plans didnt work...a slow race and a DNF.. still very disapointed. Put the sunset was amazing and the rum tasty, so not a total loss!

Saturday, June 27, 2020 to Sunday, June 28, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Saturday June 27th - SMSA Frost-Goode Race - Good fun, great people and a torn spinnaker. :( but thats life when your teaching new sailors. 

Sunday June 28th - Just a lazy cruze around solomons. Enjoying the peace and quite! 

Saturday, June 20, 2020 to Sunday, June 21, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • me being me

Nothing fancy this weekend. Couple short cruzes with family on Saturday befor the rain and Sunday befor the family got together for fathers day. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Well... That was fun! 24kts of wind out of the east headsail only....double handed... racing... furling line for the genoa parted its outer jacket... like i said fun! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to Thursday, June 18, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • after the race heading in
  • another boat chasing us in light air

It was a drifter! Wednesday night race was light to stupidly light. But, we made it around the 5 mile course.

 Now that its Friday and the weather is PERFECT!!! my son and I are heading out in 45mins for a cruze around the solomons area. 

Monday, June 15, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

A short sail Monday evening June 15th wiht my son. headsail only, enjoyed the nice weather.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to Sunday, June 14, 2020
Number of days:
3 days
  • Upwind start to PR1
  • Downwind finish on Sunday
  • Heading out for beer can race

Wednesday June 10th:

  A Wednesday evening beercan race had us going great out the gate with a stiff wind out of the south. Pulled into 2nd place and reeling in the boat ahead of us... After our 3rd tack to the windward mark BANG.... the headsail head strap on the sail fails! @#$! what now! We cant get the jib halyard down now!!! No problem i told my crew, bring me the #3 and pop the clutch on the spoin halyard... yanked down the damaged #2 hafe a$$ed folded it up an tossed it down stairs, hooked in the #3 and hoisted it up. Trim, Trim Trim!!! lets get back in this race! 

We didnt win, but we finished and the guys learned a good lession on what to do when a problem arises. Pround of them that night.

 

Saturday June 13th:

  First middle distance race for my boat and crew. 32.5 miles from PR3 around PR1 and north to 78, then south to the finish. We had a strong stiff 18-20kt breeze from the north. IT was a beat up the bay to the windward mark. Once we rounded the mark, we got set for the spinaker launce. Pole set, sheets run and clipped into the sails clews...halyard clipped in... hoist hoist hoist! and at 90% up the halyard shackel comes open dropping the head of the sail and stranding the halyard at the top of the mast! $%#@ not again!!! We dont have any spare halyards... so we made a plan and drew straws... Drop the main, unfurl the genoa, and hoist a man to the top of the mast. The smallest and lights of us on the boat was going to go up. He was also the only one afraid of hights! After we retreived the halyard and raised the main again, rest the spinaker with what felt light a whole role of tape around each shackel, the shut is set and we are rocket shipping to the finish. oh my crew that went up the mast? nothing 3 beers couldnt solve to calm down his nerves afterwards! LOL. 

 

Sunday June 14th:

  What do you mean all my crew cant make it to the race! @#$!.... Called in some favors and got one person who had never sailed, and one experianced sailer! good thing the boat is set up for double handed races! The start was extreamly lackluster...0-2kts of breeze from who knows ....the windex was just spining in circles. after 30 mins it filled and we were off to the mark. this time no halyard issues...please! Awesome spin set and to the finish! a great finish to a great week. Off to have a date with the wife and say thank you for letting me do my thing!

Saturday, June 6, 2020 to Sunday, June 7, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Riley on the bow in solomons

Took the kids out 2 times this weekend. Fun was had by all... well untill the last hour of the last outing Sunday when the spinaker wraped around the forstay! holy hell.... Thank god my kids were with me! My son assisted at the pit guy and my 8yr old daughter steared the boat while I was on the fordeck UN- F...ing the mess we had. To make things better, we had shore to the lee! Ahh. but we got the sail down, all were exausted. I took them for ice cream and pizza afterwards. Still a good weekend! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Thursday, June 4, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Just went out for a few 1-2 hour sails on Wednesday and Thuursday June 3rd and 4th. Me and the boy again.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Took good Friends out for a birthday sail on Saturday. Sunday took the family on a relaxing trip around solomons. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

May 23rd and 24th - I held practice for my crew and worked on getting the crew ready for the upcoming (fingers Crossed) race season. Saturdays lite winds made it a great opertunity to review and practice setting , flying and doesing the spinaker. Over all the crew had a great time each day and we are all deffinitly glad to be on the water again. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Simply put took the family fishing again,without any sucess. We ended up sailing the rest of the day! Life was good.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 to Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

May 12th and May 13th, My son Tommy and I went fishing on my Pearson 31-2 and on the 6th finally hooked a rockfish! I let him reel it  in, as this was going to be the biggest fish he'd ever caught. It wasnt leagal size to keep, but his excitment was enough to make our whole day! afterwards I ran up my 2019 Century club burdge and we caugh another nice southern wind back into Solomons. 

Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

May 2nd and May 3rd - My Son and I went "Fishing" We didnt catch anything but still had a great time! The afternoon winds were out of the south at 16kts. We sailed all the way to the dock! wow what a fealing to sail again after so long! The next day we went back out, but had to cut the trip short due to rain. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 to Friday, May 1, 2020
Number of days:
15 days

10 days -  working on the boat in the slip waiting for the lockdown to end. Lots of teak sanding and staining! Various days in March and april ( it was more then 10 days total, but I only get credit for 10)

1 day - My son and I watched "All is Lost" ... got to stress the importance of safety and prepairidness!  (he didnt like the boat sinking sceen) April 4th

1 day - With the USCG Auxilary i took the Paddlecraft safety course webinare training on April 2nd.

1 day - I was tuned into the FB live Crew party on the 19th. 

2 days - I have liked and oftern commint on the Spin sheet FB page. I also share links from the page to my team page where my crew and can also read.

 

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Number of days:
6 days

Feb 15th - Sailing 

Feb 21st - Sailing

Feb 22nd - Sailing

Feb 26th - Sailing

Mar 1st - Sailing

Mar4th - SAiling