What a challenging day!! No wind, lots of wind, multiple rain showers, tell tales plastered to the sails, some laughter and some tears. Results show us as coming in 4th of 6 boats in the CRCA Non-Spinnaker class. ahead of Brittany and Virginia Lee.
Century Club: Claude Speed
Another light wind night with a strong inbound current. Got all tangled up tacking several times to make the first and second marks. Sigh.
We tested the new whisker pole for a downwind run to Thimble Shoals Light. Worked well but needs to be longer.
Light winds made for challenging racing. Finished 5th of 6.
Great day for racing.
Reasonable wind, average 10 kts. tactical errors on start and at first mark cost significant time. Came in 5th of 6 boats. Crew did a great job trimming sails with tell tales plastered to the sails in the rain.
Light wind night with usual challenges of racing a large heavy boat. Came in 4th of 6 but had a great time.
Went out for a three hour cruise. Had lunch of kippers. Crackers and wine on the way to the whistle buoy that was the first mark in Cape Henry Cup. then reached toward Hampton and single tacked back to Little Creek. wind started at 7 let's and settled at 10-12 for most of the time. Saw mostly 7 kts during the closehauled leg. Exhilarating. Big debate over whether we are at 15 or 20 degrees heel.
Another very light wind race. got a reasonable start but had to tack at the first mark and lost all gain. Made some poor tactical decisions on the downwind leg and came in second from last. Sigh.
All post no wind at the start so took 4 hours to get to the first mark. Wind picked up to 10-15 kts for the downwind leg and steadied at 16-18 for the reaching leg. we saw a consistent 8.2 kts boat speed. Took first place in our class. Yea!!
Light night. Decent start but had to tack to make the first mark and lost all gain in the run. finished 6 of 7 boats. Sigh.
Great sailing night. did well
Fourth race of the series and we came in third. Nice night for a sail and some of our new processes worked well but we missed a few tactical opportunities to shave off time. Sigh.
Performed as race committee. Winds started as 17-19 kts from north and increased to sustained upper 20s with gusts to 30+. Many challenges getting the race started and with documenting the finish. 9 boats started and 6 finished. Got the mark buoy tangled on the rudder when picking up but was able to motor in without incident.
Winds SSE 12-16 kts, seas relatively flat. We saw 8.5 kts boat speed on the reaching leg. Had to let the main out completely on upwind legs to keep from being over-powered but still maintained good speed. Docked bow in because I was unable to back down fairway. Finished the race in second by 58 sec. had to take two turns after a foul at the second mark.
First race with LCSA. The crew did well, I didn't mess up on the helm, and we won our class.
Twas such a nice day, we decided to immerse ourselves in the blessings of sun, sea, and favorable winds.
Took Aspire out to test some newly installed gear and to have lunch. Winds were east at 15 kts so put both sails up with one reef. They worked fine, making about half the wind speed on both reach and close hauled. Sailed to Thimble Shoals and back. Took about 6 tries to get backed in to the fairway, but was finally successful. Very entertaining to all the local boaters. Sigh.
Got out with the crew to start working out the cobwebs for racing with LCSA this year.
Yesterday we installed the new main sail on Aspire. Since the weather was so nice today, we took here out to test it. Winds started out at about 2 kts but freshened to 12 kts as we headed towards Hampton then dropped again to 1.5-2 kts. We got to experiment with various trims in multiple wind speeds. Cool. Then as we turned into Fisherman's Creek, the wind picked up to 10-12 kts again to help us dock. Sigh.
What a great day for a row!! Took Buddy, our 17 mo old Sheltie, out for his first cruise in the dinghy. He shows promise of becoming a good boat dog.
Went out for a lunch sail in Aspire. Wind was SSW at 12-14 when we started moving out of the slip and 22-24 kts by the time we made the left turn into the fairway. Increased to 22-24 in the little creek channel so put the jib out and watched the wind drop to 8-10 in the bay. Strange day but was an easy sail for a wine and kippers lunch on flat seas.
As if it weren't hard enough to row in a straight line, crabbing across a 7 kt wind in a straight line is really challenging. Twas a great 65 degree day in February for rowing up and down the fairways in Bay Point. Getting better at working a straight line course - little snake wake today.
Took advantage of 70 degree day in February to take the dinghy out. Rowed up and down the fairways in Bay Point Marina. Was a little breezy out in the channel - bow caught the wind twice, once pushing me almost into a piling. Finally regained my proficiency in rowing to establish and maintain the right heading. Feels strange to be rowing strongly on one side while dragging an oar on the other side. Sigh.
Day before my 76th birthday, we took Aspire out from a lunch sail. The wind died so we motored over to the fish haven and practiced anchoring. I rehearsed the signals I would give Sandy on the helm during the retrieval. Too any steps to the bow and I forgot them so had to come back and refresh my memory. Sigh, The anchor windlass I rebuilt a few months ago worked fine and we quickly pulled in the 60 feet of chain I had deployed. A great day - particularly in February.
Probably doesn't really qualify as a day on the water but had such difficulty in backing the boat into the slip last time out, we took her out today just to turn her around. Backing out of the slip near the bulkhead was a real challenge. It helped that the slip across the fairway was empty. Wind was SW at 10 so getting her going astern sufficiently to maintain control backing in was fun but successful. Changing the termporary lines out and readjusting the permanent ones, plus redoing the power lines was worth a couple of hours of hard labor - felt like I was ready for a nap after we got her safely and securely back in the slip. Decided to remove and replace the instrument cluster on the pedestal to resolve some structural and electrical issues. Then called it a day. Phew!!
10-12 kt W to SW wind. Made it from LC to thimble shoals light in one hour close hauled, with boat speed averaging 7-8 kts. Turned east close hauled to return but wind had shifted to S and ran back and forth across the southern Bay. Sigh. Had a nice wine, cheese, and cracker lunch underway. Finally motored home.
Nice brisk day with 10 kt winds, boat speed 6-7 kts using just the jib. Decided to practice trimming the jib only so I could see it better.
Sailed toward Hampton then eastward and return. Winds SW AT 7 seas 1-2. Nice,. Sunny day.
Sailed into the southern Chesapeake, heaved to for lunch and back to Little Creek