Century Club: Michele Ward

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Finishing up October - after the major storm - with a glorious morning paddle.  Looking forward to some November paddles too!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 to Sunday, October 24, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Weather is getting chillier, and the mornings are darker, but it's still beautiful on the water

Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Friday, October 15, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Two lovely days - warm and flat - with all the boat show boats to check out along the way!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Morning paddle - checking out the set up for the sailboat show, followed by mid-day sea trials for a new boat - a 1988 Grady White.  All was good - so there will be one more added to the fleet!

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Choppier than it looked - but I got off the dock!

Saturday, September 25, 2021 to Monday, October 4, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Hitting some of the best waters in the UK! The Thames and Loch Lomond

Sunday, September 19, 2021 to Friday, September 24, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

Water's still warm - today it was 20 degrees warmer than the air!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 to Saturday, September 18, 2021
Number of days:
4 days
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 to Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Number of days:
2 days
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Watched the pretty wooden boats on the way out - lovely sail across the bay and back a few times, in steady southerly breeze.  This is the way it's supposed to be!

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Barge next door spoiled the view!

Saturday, September 4, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

AC, Radar reflector, pumping out the dink, cleaning off the swim ladder.....

Monday, August 30, 2021 to Monday, September 6, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

Interrupted by the remnants of Ida!

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Wonderful Thursday night aboard the Mimi J, a lovely Herreschoff mini tug - played in the creeks and watched the races!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 to Friday, August 27, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Three more flat calm August mornings!

Sunday, August 22, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Lovely when there is nothing on the calendar, and we can head up the Severn and into College Creek. Fun way to kick off a new week.

Friday, August 20, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

OMG - how slow can you go? But we had a great start, and finished 2nd for the night, 6th for the season.  Not a bad first year effort and so much fun!

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Not too much - choppy and rainy too many of the days, but at least we got out once!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 to Thursday, August 12, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Got more humid every day!

Monday, August 2, 2021 to Thursday, August 5, 2021
Number of days:
4 days
Friday, July 30, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Susan Jacobs joined us, and she brought wind! YAY

Monday, July 26, 2021 to Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday were perfect paddle days - rest of the week, not so much!

Sunday, July 25, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Sporty winds - 15-18 knots - took us under the bridge and then back for a swim in Whitehall, and then dinner.  Sunset on the way home was lovely!

Friday, July 23, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Wind was light, and died - 15 minutes of bobbing to get around G5; ended up retiring, and getting a slingshot into EYC from a passing Beneteau

Thursday, July 22, 2021 to Monday, July 26, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Thursday, Saturday and Monday

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

Joined the crew of Peregrine, but winds did not cooperate.  We got a nice sail in before they finally died - glad of the iron genoa!

Sunday, July 18, 2021 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Been really flat this week!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 to Friday, July 16, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

3 lovely, flat, sunny mornings in a row

Sunday, July 11, 2021 to Monday, July 12, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

What a difference a day makes - Sunday was flat as glass; Monday 10 knot winds

Saturday, July 10, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Serviced both AC units, got most of the plumbing done - at least to regain running water!

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 to Thursday, July 8, 2021
Number of days:
2 days
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Nice and flat - perfect to head up Back Creek

Monday, July 5, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Took Kevin & Nicole out for a sail, with Stephanie, Emily & Lydia too - up to the bridge and back , then a swim by Manresa 

Sunday, July 4, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Nice paddle up Ego Alley and the Severn - to celebrate the 4th of July

Saturday, July 3, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Took long enough!

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

Put the paddle skills to work, since the engine won't start!

Sunday, June 27, 2021 to Monday, June 28, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Before heading to the desert, a few more paddles on the bay

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Lovely trip to Whitehall with Kevin & Nicole and their friends & mids 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

Welcomed back to the dock by growing broods of ducklings...

Monday, June 14, 2021 to Thursday, June 17, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

Nice weather week! Fun watching the duck family in the mornings as we return.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

To Stella's and back

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

To Stella's and back

Monday, June 7, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Nice morning - but hot!

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

Getting warm out there...

Saturday, June 5, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Up through the bridge to Baltimore Light - got some trash fishing in too!

Friday, June 4, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Harrison joined - great to have the coaching!

Sunday, May 23, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Short one today, but any time on the water is wonderful

Saturday, May 22, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Amazing day on Mystique - 87 foot luxury yacht to celebrate Cheryl Laws birthday!  What an amazing vessel - great crew and wonderful crowd.  Zoomed over to St. Michaels, anchored for a swim/soak in the floating island, and headed back over dinner.  So grateful to be included in a special day.

Friday, May 21, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

First in the series on the J22

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Nice morning - water's getting warmer

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Not as blustery as last time - lovely winds, and a post race cruise to boot!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Water is finally warm enough to make this fun!

Sunday, May 16, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Nice afternoon sail in 15-18 kt winds - through the Bay Bridge and back.  Facebook tells me we did the same thing a year ago!

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Work day - beautiful weather to make sure the rest of the boat is as clean and ready for the season as her bottom and sides.

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

What an amazing difference a clean bottom makes!

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

Engine gremlins seem resolved - we got to Jabins for the haul out without a hiccup.  Fingers crossed....

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Gusts over 30 kits at the start should have told us something - took less than 20 minutes downwind to get to R2, then the beat back beat all of us!

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Last minute sub on Peregrine - nice windy day, middle of the pack finish, lots of fun!

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

Hunting down the crazy gremlin that keeps cutting out the engine; we've established what it's not; now time to figure out what it is!

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Got out of the slip - intending to test out the engine - got as far as the pump out dock before engine issues resurfaced. ARGH

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Fun day - great winds, lots of fun with Stephanie Sams

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Was it really necessary?  Unclear..

Sunday, March 7, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Boy did I luck out!!

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

Lucking out on Frostbite - sunny and nice!

Monday, December 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Spent the morning pumping diesel fuel out of the bilge - not supposed to be there....

Sunday, December 13, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Somewhat mis-named - sixty degrees & sunny; light winds; beautify day but not a great race.  Bad start, hit by a powerboat at the windward mark (yup), and bumped bottom near the Taylor Center.  Given all that, that we finished so close to the other 105s was a miracle....

Saturday, December 12, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Trip on Sweetwater to try to replicate last time's engine problems turned into a glorious sail up under the bridge to Baltimore Light.  But chaos ensued as we came in - diesel leaking from places it shouldn't!  BOAT = broken or about to....

Friday, December 11, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Put away the dink, outboard, prepping the boat for winter (day 1 of that....)

Sunday, December 6, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

First chilly day - and great winds

Sunday, November 29, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Shorthanded, in light wind

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

Slow at the start - and never caught up, but the weather was gorgeous!

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Great winds, beautiful day!

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

Tough start; sailed well after

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

Cold, rainy, windy - we got  all the weather!  One lousy finish, with the spinnaker fouled on the takedown; other two were middle of the pack.

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Cold, with light winds, so only one race - good start and reasonable finish.

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Flying the kite!

Distance race - great start, ok first leg, awful second leg, great third leg, awful fourth leg - with dying winds.  Long last hour.....

On a brighter note - the rig tuning made a big difference in our upwind speed!

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

After a delay, we got three races in - did the best in #2 - got 4th.  Yesterday's rig tune definitely helped, especially upwind.

Friday, October 16, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Tuning the rigging ahead of AYC fall series - we'll see how it works

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Finally got the f((&*^$%$g thing working! This should have counted for 5 days.... just sayin'

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

Treated some friends to a long awaited sail - they loved it!

Friday, October 9, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Sail with Allan from North Sails to check out the new sail - rig issue, not the sail

Saturday, October 3, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Light winds, and a bit flukey but a lovely day on the Severn - good practice for upcoming races.

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Not a bad finish - 17 miles in just over 3 hours

Monday, September 7, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Tried to sail with a newbie friend, but barely enough ti move the boat - sigh....

Saturday, September 5, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

On Breakaway - we finished! No small feat given dying winds

Monday, August 31, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
Monday, August 31, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Getting better!

Friday, August 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Learning pit/squirrel

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Sail across the bay and through the bridge - dodging lightning storms along the way

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

Quick trip to Ego Alley & back

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

Two half workdays equal a full one, and boy the results are great.  First step was heat gun and scraping the old adhesive from where the chaps had been; second phase was using solvent to remove the last bits.  Still have to fix the rub rail, but she looks so much better!

Friday, August 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Caught a ride on Cloud 9 for the last Beer Can Race of the season - lovely night, lots of fun!

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

New gas and spark plugs really made a difference in the engine performance.  Tooled around Spa Creek getting the feel of the dinghy/engine.

Friday, August 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Sweetwater served as the committee boat for Friday night beer cans.  Winds were strong at the start, but died - time elapsed with only one boat finishing the long course :-( but the experience was great!

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Picked up the repaired Avon from Annapolis Inflatables and installed the old Yamaha - got it moving, but it clearly needs work!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Headed out around 4 pm and north under the bridge. We took the Annapolis bubble with us - blue skies and nice winds - while downtown looked to take on a nasty storm.  Grilled chicken on the return while snapping shots of a glorious sunset, and dinner at the dock to cap off an amazing evening.

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
OPB

Jumped on Breakaway for a morning of race practice - winds did not cooperate, but as they say, a bad day on the water is better than any day on land...

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Fixed the forward AC - barnacles clogging the lines!  Aft AC sea strainer showed just how healthy the sea grasses are in the bay.  Glad we got the boat cooled down, given the weather.....

Monday, July 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Light breeze + flat water = morning paddle up Spa Creek

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Too little wind for a sail - so it was a good day for a mid-day SUP up Spa Creek.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Too little wind for a sail - so it was a good day for a mid-day SUP up Spa Creek.

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Amazing fireworks in Almshouse Creek

Friday, July 3, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Motored to Lake Ogleton for EYC concert on the water/raftup

 

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

New dinghy - inflated, hung on the Davits, ready for a new outboard

Monday, June 29, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Flat night, but good for grilling, talking, enjoying the sunset

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

New spin sheets - but not even enough wind for that....

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • It’s what Father’s Day is all about

Light winds - eventually furled the sails and took a motor tour up the Severn

Sunday, June 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Across the bay close hauled; south to entrance of the South River; beat back home

Sunday, June 7, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Next to no wind, but a great time with friends

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Great afternoon criss crossing the bay

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Great afternoon on the bay!

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

First sail after Covid-19 restrictions lifted - feels great to be out

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Dewinterizing for the first time.