Century Club: Thomas Birchfield

Saturday, September 11, 2021 to Thursday, October 28, 2021
Number of days:
10 days

September 11th Small boat invitational with SMSA

September 12th - Small boat invitational with SMSA

September 14th - Highshool sail team practice

September 18th - SCC high school team regatta

September 21st and 23rd - high school team practice 

September 24th - Helped dad deliver his boat to Annapolis

September 25th - AYC fall race to Solomons (We got first)

September 26th - KIYC high school regatta

September 28th - high school team practice 

 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

September 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th and 10th - all practice days for the high school team. They have me driving the boats and helping less experienced sailors. Yesterday evening we had big breeze and we ended up taking a dip after we got into a death role... lol.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 to Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Number of days:
8 days

Aug 11th - racing on Dads boat

Aug 12th - racing on my boat

August 18 - racing on Dads boat

August 19 - racing on my boat

August 25th - racing on dads boat with out him! He was RC for the night.

August 26th - racing on my boat

August 29th - high school sailing team!

August 31st - High school sailing team 

Thursday, July 22, 2021 to Thursday, August 5, 2021
Number of days:
22 days

7/21 - Helped dad with RC duties

7/22 - Raced my boat and beat everyone on race one! I got second place over all for the evening.

7/23 - helped dad move his boat back to the slip from being in dry dock for a new bottom.

7/24 - Racing on dads boat on the Sharps island race. 

7/25 - went with dad and our extended family for the day sailing. I got to go swimming with the jellies! 

7/28 - fishing on my uncle Seth's canoe. It started to sink, luckily dad was out on his boat and came to the rescue 

7/28 - racing Wednesday evening with dad. We got 2nd place

7/29 - delivery to Annapolis with dad and his friends for GOV CUP.

7/30 - Started Gov Cup! One of dads crew got hurt and I became the medical officer onboard ;)

7/31 - we finished Gov Cup at 3:24 in the morning... I was soooo tired!!!!!

8/2 thru 8/6 - Last week of sail camp. We went out 2 times per day stopping back at the club house for lunch.

8/4 - race with dad on his boat again.

8/5 - race on my boat. Dad and I did some rig modifications befor the race and we can point higher now!

 

Monday, July 12, 2021 to Friday, July 16, 2021
Number of days:
12 days

5 more days of sailing on our club 420s. 2 trips per day and a failed race day followed by helping dad do RC on Thursday. That's 12 outing total for one week! Best Summer EVER!

Sunday, July 4, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

We all went out on dads boat for the boat parade and then later that day we went back out to watch firework from our boat. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to Friday, July 2, 2021
Number of days:
19 days

June 16th - racing on Dads boat

June 17th - racing my boat

June 18th - Fishing in Solomons with my great grandfather 

June 19th - fishing in Solomons's with my great grandfather 

June 23rd - RC duty's with day... there was NO wind!

June 24th - last race with my old sails... so excited to get the new ones on the boat!

June 26th - 42nm race in the bay with dad on his boat

June 27 - 20nm race on the bay with dad on his boat

June 28 thru July 2nd - summer sail camp! We sail 2 times a day stopping at the club for lunch soooo....x10 outings! 
 

July 1st - jumped ship and sailed with JRay! On a J70.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to Sunday, June 13, 2021
Number of days:
6 days

Dad and I have been busy, school was almost done so I could get time to type something each day. But... I]dad and I were out sailing on the following dates:

6/2- RACING on dads boat

6/3- RACING on my boat

6/6- Dad and I took my Great Grandparents out on his boat for the first time. 

6/10- RC for small boat race

6/12- Broken rudder Race, I took 3rd place and beat a Club 420 by 20 MINUTES!!!

6/13- SMSA inventational race we took 5th. But had a ton of fun!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 to Thursday, May 27, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

May 19th - racing with Dad

May 20th - racing my boat

May 26th - racing with Dad

May 27th - racing my boat

Monday, May 10, 2021 to Saturday, May 15, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

May 10th dad and I went out on his boat.

may 12th racing on dads boat

may 13th HYDRABEAST!!!!!  2 races got 5th out of 9 overall.

may 15th Racing on dads boat up the river. In . No. Wind. :( 

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

Dad and I took my boat out Thursday for a race. We crossed the line last each race, but dad kaput sayings don't worry and keep sailing fast. We ended up correcting over a Flying Scott!  We got 4th over all. We had a lot of fun.

Saturday, May 1, 2021 to Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Saturday we tried to go fishing but it was too windy. I almost got sick! Last night we went for a race in the same kinda wind. I think the boat moves around less with the sails are up....at least that what dad tell me. I think he is right.

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

Last night my dad and I took out my boat. This was the first time racing  since we broke the goose neck. I had a ton of fun and we didn't finish last on any race! Dad says once the new sails arrive, we will be able to go faster and be more competitive. We got 6th place over all beating a club 420 and a laser! I was also the youngest skipper on the racecourse at 11yr old! This sport is addictive 

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

Went racing with did on his boat. We got 3rd. 

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

Dad and Intook his boat out and we got to see the Pride of Baltimore 2 ship. It was so cool! I wish I could have sail on it! We  also did a spinnaker run down to Solomons bridge where our boat speed was faster then the wind speed! I didn't think that was possible... I had a lot of fun. Dad took a ton of pictures too.

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

Little choptank race and SMSA Spring invintational race with dad on his boat. It was a long weekend! 

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

We double handed the race last night and WON! I got the drive the boat on the downwind leg. It was awesome.

Saturday, April 10, 2021 to Sunday, April 11, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

Saturday I was supposed to have a race, but we didn't know it was canceled. Dad and I decided to head out on my boat anyways! It was an awesome trip to the bridge and back to the club. We sailed in and out of the fog! We could even see other boats until they were very close to us. After the first lap we stop back at SMSA and drove to get lunch. Afterwards we went for a second lap to the bridge!! Same fog as befor! It was crazy. Mom came down and we all went to dinner afterwards. Just when I thought I was going to go home, dad turns the car down to his marina and says we are going out on his boat! Holy cow dad, I think your addicted to sailing! He got crazier... he told me to steal the boat because he was going to set the spinnaker! Really!!!!???? It was fun... 

The next day we went down to his boat for the last frostbites race. Out 4 times in one weekend... I need a break! Video games please! Just don't tell dad! 

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

Last night Dad and I took my boat out for its first race. It was us and a bunch of 420s. We were doing good till the boom broke at the mast. The part that attaches to the mast was coming apart and dad called the race for us at that point. I was ok with it. It was blowing a lot out there and we had about a foot of water in the boat with us! Dads friends were on a crash boat and towed us in. I had fun, but I think we need to make some repairs now. 

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

Saturday, my dad and I set up my Boat and we finally got it on the water this year! Dad said it counted for 3 time because we pushed away from the dock 3 different times. All I know is, it was FUN! The halyard for the main came undone and we had to get the boat back to the dock the first time. He was able to lean the boat over on its side and reach the top of the mast! It was my job to keep an eye on the boat which was kinda taking on water... but he got it and I jumped back on to scoop the water out. He got the sail fixed and off we went! We stopped again to get drinks, I was thursty. Dad said it was from smiling too much... we got up to almost 6kts going wing on wing! It looked like we had a motor lol.

Friday, March 26, 2021 to Sunday, March 28, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

I helped my dad change Salome sails on March 24th in the evening. We got to go out afterwards for about 15mins. Dad said it counts :) then on Saturday we had to work on the motor. Then we drove the boat to fill up the tank. I liked jumping from the boat to tie off the bow!

Sunday was another Race. We did really good. Dads crew said I was " rail salad" because i only weigh 70lbs and it was blowing close to 40 when we had to dock the boat. We got second Place and it was an awesome race. 

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

My dad and I went out a few evenings and weekends to go cruising. He wants to get 1000 miles in this year, I just want my 100 days again! I put the dates below. We also have been working on my own boat! The Hydra Beast is now ready at the clubhouse...only my new sails haven't come in yet...:( I can't wait to race on my boat!
 

1/9 - it was good weather, my dad took me out on his boat the Barba Roja 

1/19- it was cold... I think my dad was crazy, but we went out. I got to drive the boat under sail

2/24-out on the big boat. We took a break from working in the garage on mine.

2/26- dad wanted to go sail, he let me fish off the back of the boat. I didn't catch anything:(

3/3- dad and I sailed his boat in Solomons. It was warm out.

3/6- worked on dads boat then went to test 

3/9- dad and I went for a sail because the weather was nice!

3/13- my boat is tested in the water 

3/17- got dads old mainsail put up and went for a test sail

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

Went sailing with my dad and sister. 

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

Dad took my sister and I out for a sail on December 23rd. After school, we left to go to the boat and everything was nice until he wanted to go upwind! My sister and I were playing cards down in the cabin and then everything went flying to the other side of the boat...including dads phone, which was plugged into the radio playing Christmas music. I guess he was in a pretend race in his mind... my sister and I yelled to turn the boat off the wind... he just yelled back "fix the radio!" Eventually I got him to roll up the head sail and head in, I think he would have stayed out all night if I hadn't asked! We got hot drinks back at the dock and meet up with mom for dinner. Still had fun, but I think I like summer time sailing better!

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

Had a great weekend with my day on my mutineer 15. I can't wait for next year!

Saturday, February 15, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 2020
Number of days:
102 days

I have been out with my dad (Steven Birchfield) every day he was this year but one. I had a lot of fun racing in the bay especially during the long races like the one from Annapolis to Solomons where we got 2nd! Dad is planning to put my boat in the water for the first time this Friday and do one race befor we start rebuilding it. He said we need to see where the boat is in performance, so we can see what our work will to make it faster! I can't wait!!!