Century Club: Richard Turman

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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1 day

With weather approaching 70 degrees, just had to duck out of zoom calls a bit early and get out on the kayak.  So wonderful to be able to do so in light winds and shirt-sleeve weather.  Great chance to enjoy the evening, and realize that on Wednesdays not that long past I was racing at that time...

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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1 day

With weather approaching 70 degrees, I just had to duck out of work early and take out the kayak.  Nothing like paddling in shirt sleeves in mid-November, relishing every minute of it!  A great way to mark my 100th day on the water this year.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
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1 day

Went out around 5:10 p.m., and the sun had already gone down, since we moved off of Daylight Savings Time last weekend.  No wind, and air temps in the high 60's, which is a gift for November.  No boats out at all, and by the time I returned to our beach 30 minutes later, it was full-on dark.  Such a contrast to kayaking after work all spring, summer, and fall!  Herons were out, and I ran into a whole flock of Canada Geese in the water, so apparently they've not all left the Chesapeake by flying south -- yet.

Monday, November 1, 2021
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1 day

The fall is upon us.  Headed out at 5:45, just as the sun was setting, and had a beautiful 40 minute ride in zero wind, out into Round Bay and back to our dock on Valentine Creek.  58 degrees out when I left, and a little chillier once I got home.

Sunday, October 31, 2021
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1 day

Took out the kayak to remove some of the flotsam and jetsam that had become fouled in the lift under the powerboat amidst the highest tides in a decade, which came two nights before, and over-topped our dock by 20 inches.  Use the kayak to look at neighbors beaches to see if I could find any of the two dock boards I lost -- to no avail.

Took the powerboat down off its lift and ran the bilge pump to get the rainwater all out.  Then took it out for a spin.  Went to look at three keelboats that are on lifts, to see how the keel arrangement was handled.  Three different approaches!

Friday, October 29, 2021
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1 day

Chestertown, MD has hosted "Sultana Downrigging Weekend' for two decades, and after cancelling it last year, it was wonderful to ride along one of seven tall ships on a crisp Halloween weekend.  Got some great pix of the two-masted schooners Pride of Baltimore and the Lynx from the deck of the Virginia, another two-masted schooner.  As well as several of the Kalmar Nykel, a 3-master.  A wonderful throwback afteroon to the age of sail!

Thursday, October 28, 2021
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1 day

Took my second ride on a Tartan 245, this one hull #2, this time in light air.  In 3-7 mph breezes off Annapolis Sailing School about 11 in the morning we had enough to move along pretty well, with the wind freshening enough by the time we came back downwind that we could raise the spin, which went up with remarkably little drama, and doubled our downwind speed -- from 2 knots to 4...  A good ride!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
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1 day

Realizing that there won't be more evenings around 70 degrees, it was great to get out for 40 minutes on the kayak after the sun went down.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
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1 day

I usually kayak just for pleasure, and a bit of exercise, but today was my sailing fleet's annual awards ceremony, and I got to kayak there and back.  It was fine going over, with very light breeze from the West, but things picked up by the time I was returning, with wind in the 8 mph range, and I had to kayak against it.  But it was no big deal, and it was fabulous to be out on a warm day -- when we may not have many left this year!

Saturday, October 23, 2021
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1 day
  • Waving goodbye
  • Underway
  • In her new home
  • Fiona under spin

After seven years, I've sold my Harbor 20, Fiona, to a new owner, and had to deliver her from my dock on Valentine Creek, up the Severn River, to Bert Jabins' boat year in Annapolis, about 8 miles away.

The trip took a bit over 3 hours, since instead of winds being from the North, as forecast, they were from the South, right on my nose.  I used my Torqueedo at low speed against the light breeze, averaging around 2.5 mph.  Got to put the main and jib up about half an hour in, once the wind picked up a bit.  Was fascinating to remember going aground with Fiona on her first voyage up this river from Jabins, back in 2014, right at the entry to Round Bay, off Sherwood Forest -- a mistake I never made again.  

My Harbor 20 was a great daysailer for me to explore and enjoy Round Bay on my own, as well as with family, a lot of whom have been on her, including my brother and sister, my parents, and my nephews and cousins.  It has been a great family boat to learn about sailing in a small keelboat with.  It has also been a fun boat to learn to race on -- figuring out how to win the start, and then try to figure out where the marks are and how to get to them fastest and most efficiently.  Learned how to fly a spinnaker, and make all the mistakes one can doing so.  Was fabulous to have a great teacher in my teammate and neighbor, without whom Fiona would still have been last every night.  And to be joined by another neighbor who joined our team, and to be with them in 2019 when we won a PHRF race on corrected time was spectacular.  

All good things come to an end, and I'm planning to buy a bigger daysailor.  But Fiona has been a marvel.  And a great partner with whom to decompress after work by sailing out and running a course and watching the sun set.  

End of an era.

Friday, October 22, 2021
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1 day

It was getting late, but I went out anyway, leaving my house around 6, after the sun had gone below the trees.  But the water was pretty smooth, and no boats were about, so it was a wonderful evening trip up the Valentine and back down and then up Plum Creek and home.  Very few Canada geese left, or else they were unaccountably quiet, but I did see 5 heron (or the same heron multiple times...).

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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1 day

With the knowledge that there aren't going to many more warm, lovely evenings in which to explore the neighborhood.  Went out into Round Bay, and along the coastline and back.  Lovely.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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1 day

is becoming more of a challenge, since the time between the last zoom call or conference call and full-on darkness is getting shorter and shorter.  Nonetheless, had a good evening out for a good 40 minutes, up Valentine Creek and over to Plum Creek and home.  Many fewer geese this evening, making one wonder if they're all now gone.  Lots of herons, though.

Monday, October 18, 2021
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1 day

Now that I've put my Harbor 20, Fiona, up for sale, and found a buyer, I need a new sailboat!  So I needed to spend some quality time at the boat show.  Which I then did, going on Friday and on Sunday.  One had test-sails available on Monday, so I went out on this Tartan 245 in 15-23 knots off of Annapolis.  She was quite stable with the spin up, and then when returning to dock (the Annapolis Sailing School) when the wind kicked up to 20-23, and we banged through the white caps.  Intriguing option.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Sunday, October 24, 2021
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1 day

Took her out for what turned out to be a lovely 75 minute trip, starting about 5:15 in the evening, and ending at dusk.  Got to revel in the sounds of hundreds of geese flying south, just as I had the night before.  Had good wind from the south, allowing me a nice turn of speed, especially since Fiona's bottom had been cleaned the prior week.  Took a photo to use in the sales brochure.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
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1 day

Had a nice 40 minutes out on the kayak in Valentine Creek.  Light breeze, and no other boats out when I ventured out at about 6 p.m.  Wonderfully, I got to listen to a cacaphony of geese flying south, honking their way in their waves of 'v's.  Loud, and wonderful.  If I can't race, because we're past the end of Wednesday Night Racing, cool to be able to kayak!

Monday, October 11, 2021
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1 day

Took my Harbor 20 out for in the early afternoon, whiuch is such a rare treat.  90 minutes was enough to get me into Round Bay and down to V and back, travelling 5 or so miles.  

Saturday, October 9, 2021
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1 day

Got the word that it was time to plant oyster spat, so went and picked up a bag of oyster spat on our powerboat, bringing them back and putting them. in a tub of water until I cleaned the 3 cages that we'd used last year.  What was funny was that we had a nice ride over from Valentine Creek to the house near Smith's marina where they're kept, and they have a dock.  Turnes out we weren't the only ones picking up our bag of oysters that morning at 10:00 a.m -- 3 other boats arrived when we did. 

Took 30 minutes per cage to clean them once we got hime, and used an entire steel brush up, but got the detritus off, and then put the spat in and lowered them off the dock in three places.  

A beautiful morning on the water, both directions.

 

 

Friday, October 1, 2021
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1 day

To sell Fiona, I thought it made sense to have her hauled and powerwashed -- and get the barnacles removed.  I motor sailed over to Smiths on a Friday afternoon for a 12:30 appointment -- wind didn't help a lot, but it helped extend the battery's range.  

I was stunned at the size of the barnacles they scraped off.  Not just from her keel, but from her hull near the bow, all down the middle of her bottom.  Quarter to even silver-dollar-sized barnacles that stood off from the hull by a shocking 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.  I usually scrub the barnacles off once a month, but hadn't been able to since my back went out on July 5 this year, so they grew unimpeded.  No wonder my racing performance dropped so dramatically this year.  These buggers just kept growing and growing.

Sailing home Fiona was a much faster boat -- a nice time getting home!

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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1 day

Felt weird to start so early, 6 pm instead of 6:15, and still have the sun go down during the race.  Very light winds from the south, and the course was VAVAV, which they shortened to VAV.  Unfortunately, the wind died as we were rounding A and we couldn't make even this shortened course, so for the first time of the year we had to retire from a race.  Bittersweet way to end the racing season, since I'd begun to plan to sell Fiona, my Harbor 20, that I'd raced for the past 6 years.  

Sunday, September 26, 2021
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1 day

with a bottle of wine.  Since it was red, of course I spilled it, but no harm done.  Once I got back to the dock, just after sunset, it gave me a good reason to wash the boat's floor, and luckily the red wine came right up!  Another beautiful evening, put-putting around, and listening to the Canada geese (noisily) flying south.

Friday, September 24, 2021
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1 day

Had a wonderful evening anchored out on our powerboat with my wife and our daughter, who had some work news that we got to celebrate.  Beautiful sunset evening watching the boats go by -- and listening to the waves and waves of Canada geese go by.  Great to drink bubbles together and hang out -- great way to start the weekend!

Thursday, September 23, 2021
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1 day

Big wind and rain kept us from racing on Wednesday night, and high water that night and the next morning pushed two of our dockboards up and off the dock.  I took the kayak out on thursday night for 40 minutes to look for them -- and found 1 of 2.  Hadn't been on the kayak in months, since my back had given out, and I was overjoyed that it didn't hurt my back.  My chest and arms were another matter, since I'd not been out for months.  A great evening on the water!

Monday, September 20, 2021
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1 day

Had a nice singlehanded sail after work into a light breeze from the south.  Went from E to B and back.  Days are getting shorter, so nice to still be able to sail of an evening!

Sunday, September 19, 2021
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1 day

Woodwind II is a glorious 2-masted schooner, and my sister and I had a great time in 10-12 knots of breeze.  The skipper had the crew of 3 raise the main within about 100 yards of leavimg the dock, and once it was up, cut the engine and we were sailing.  Got the rest of the jibs, staysails, and fishermen up and the boat really took off.  Had a turn at the helm once we were out in the bay, and boy was she responsive and easy to steer.  Avoided the RC for a laser race, and then got to go through the tail end of a race by the Navy 44's with their spinnakers up.  A lovely afternoon it was to be out, and made it about to mid-bay before we had to turn back, so the boat could be back by the end of the 2 hour scheduled cruise.  Beautiful!

Saturday, September 18, 2021
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1 day

After the last time the boat was used (not by me....), it was down to 1/8 of a tank, so it needed filling up. Had a beautiful evening run, leaving at 6 and returning at 7, just at sunset, to put a hundred bucks worth of gas in the boat.  Which I'd not filled up since April, so it isn't all that bad.  Had a fabulous ride!

Friday, September 17, 2021
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1 day

Unfortunately, only one other boat showed up, and it takes 3 to have an official race.  We did lay a course -- A to V and back, and ran a starting sequence, but a 39' vs. a 20' isn't much of a race.

Was a beautiful night out anyway, with light but fairly steady breeze, which allowed me to enjoy singlehanding my way through the course.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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1 day

Race started with good wind in the 10 knot range, but it didn't stay up as long as one would have liked, and the race committee chose not to shorten the course,, which was ACAVA, or 5.68 miles, so we sailed the last 20 minutes in complete darkness, which made it a challenge to find the last mark and then to find the RC at the end.  Was pretty cool, though, to have 20 boats out -- we're all hungry for chances to race, clearly!

Sunday, September 12, 2021
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1 day

Wonderful to be home again, and sailing on my own boat.  Had some good breeze, so ran a course from E to N and back, something over 3 miles.  Love watching sunset from Fiona, even though sunset is now coming earlier and earlier.

Thursday, September 9, 2021
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1 day

Went out with my sailing partner and a buddy of hers from college, and had a wonderful evening in light wind from the South -- mostly in the 5-7 range.  Beautiful!

Sunday, August 29, 2021 to Saturday, September 4, 2021
Number of days:
7 days
  • Arabella anchored off Newport
  • Arabella anchored off Cuttyhunk
  • Arabella's sails underway

Arabella, a 157-foot 3-masted schooner, cruises two main locations a year, New England and the British Virgin Islands.  We joined the ship in Newport, RI, and sailed to Martha's Vineyard, on to Nantucket, back to Martha's Vineyard, on to Cuttyhunk , and back to Newport.  Arabella's mainsail is a spanker off its mizzen mast, and going forward, she sports a mizzen staysail, a main fisherman, a main staysail, a fore fisherman, a fore staysail, and a jib.  The crew of 7 (skipper, master, deckhand, engineer, plus chef, and two stewards), quickly put up all the sails on Monday morning on our way to Edgartown, in breeze of about 13-15 knots -- it helps that 5 of the 7 are on hydraulic winches.  We were fairly quickly moving along at 8 knots, though the engine remained on, since we were 'on a schedule.'  The skipper was happy for any of the 30 passengers who wanted to to steer, which I did a good bit.  Arabella has a sea-kindly motion, and easily translated 20-knot gusts of wind into forward motion, hitting 11-12 knots during those gusts.  Since this 98-ton vessel draws 13 feet, we anchored well outside the harbor at each stop, putting out "two shots" of chain with the anchor, a shot being 80 feet.  On Wednesday night, we put out 3 shots, since tropical storm Ida was coming, and good we did, since we were awakened at 5 a.m. with someone alerting the captain 'the anchor is dragging.'  A 180 degree windshift had pulled the anchor free -- that along with 36 knots sustained, with gusts to 61.  Once they got the engine on, the anchor re-set, and the crew kept the engine on to ensure we stayed off the lee shore -- which had been about half a mile off the night before, and ended up being about 100 yards off.  Wind dissipated as Thursday wore on, eventually lowering the wave heights so people could go into Edgartown on the 20' dinghy.  A fabulous lobster bake on Cuttyhunk the next day was a fitting follow-up to Ida -- a gorgeous day of sailing, with fresh lobster to enjoy afterwards.  Heck of a week!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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1 day

Course was ANABA, with wind SE at 6 mph.  Unfortunately they didn't shorten course, so as the wind declined, our speed did, too.  

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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1 day

Light winds, and only two of us on the boat, so we had to declar non-spin.  Very light winds meant that when going wing/wing downwind, we just didn't move like the rest of the fleet, which had their spins up.  Course was VNVNV, and as always, the last run to V took forever.  On the positive side, it was only 75 degrees, which is a gift in the Chesapeake in the summer, and a beautiul night with no rain/t-storms.  Something to be said for that.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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1 day

Another night of very light winds, for the most part.  Though we were glad we had four of us on the boat for about 10% of the evening, when the wind picked up and we all needed to be on the up side.  Misunderstood the start and thought RC called a general recall, but they didn't, so we finally left the starting area far behind everyone else.  Decent run from B up to E, and then spin down to N, and then the wind died for the whole fleet as we crawled back to A.  

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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1 day

Started at A and went to V and back twice; they didn't shorten course, and the wind came down from light to very light.  But since I'd been out with a bad back the week before, it was good to be back on the water!

Sunday, July 4, 2021
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1 day

Finally took our powerboat down the Severn to plant the three cages-worth of oysters we'd been growing under our dock since last fall.  Driving into wind 10-12 mph from the South was no issue, but in the Severn River's narrows the water was so choppy since so many people were out, just as we were, enjoying Independence Day on the water.  Dumped the oysters overside at a reef being built for this purpose at a spot marked with 4 yellow flags on the Southeast side of the river from the Rt 50 bridge. 

We then looked down towards Annapolis and happened to see two of the three tall ships that were visiting for Independence Day -- the Pride of Baltimore, and Alexandria, VA's Providence.  Decided to go down and take a look, buffetted by big waves bouncing off the Academy's seawall as we were.  Wonderful chance to see these majestic vessels in Annapolis' harbor! 

Saturday, July 3, 2021
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1 day

Finally cleaned the powerboat in preparation for guests, and then had to take her out to make sure she worked -- which she did beautifully.

Then took out the sailboat on the Severn River's Valentine Creek and Round Bay in the light winds of the afternoon, which ranged from 3-7 mph.  Enough to show one of our guests who had never been on a sailboat how they work!

After dinner, took the powerboat out to watch the fireworks off of Sherwood Forest.  With a severe thunderstorm forecast to start at 9:30, we were so pleased when the fireworks started early at 9:10, giving us a beautiful show before we pulled up the anchor at 9:25 and drove home before the show was over -- and got home before the other 400+ boats started to disperse, as well as right before the rain hit!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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1 day

15 boats came out, a decent showing.  West wind varied from 6-10 and we ran from the top of the Severn's Round Bay (mark A) to the bottom (mark C) and back and then over the end of long point (v) where the RC mercifully shut down the race, since the wind was dying.  We had a good run to C, but in rounding the mark we, and the other boats there at the same time, all fell into a wind hole and couldn't move much for about 5 minutes before our spinnakers finally filled, by which time the boats that had rounded before us had taken off.  Dying breeze as we headed to the last mark didn't help, but it was a glorious evening which was supposed to have a thunderstorm -- but didn't!  Came in a disappointing 12th out of 15 starters, but it still was beautiful.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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1 day

Over 90 degrees when I slipped the lines after work, but with 10 mph of steady breeeze from the South, had a great ride through the Severn's Round Bay, making my way from race mark E up to N and across to V and back downwind to E, all at a pretty good clip.  

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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1 day

For the 4th race in the 2nd series of Round Bay Sailing Association's season, we were Race Committee.  Although winds were projected to be 3-5 and dying, they were 4-8 throughout the evening, so we were able to start the race at 6:17 and have the last boat cross the line at a little after 8p.m, with plenty of light left in the evening.  Set the course of A to C to A to V and back to A, but shortened it to V, since the wind was still projected to die.  The wind was unusually even as the boats headed down the course, so they split evenly on port and starboard instead of favoring port, as usual.  Watching them come back to us with their spinnakers in full flower was such a beautiful sight -- which we watched until it was time to head to V and to let the fleet know on VHF that we were shortening the course.  The wind did not die, as predicted, so the boats were able to make it to V, and no one was TLE, though one boat left the course and was DNF.  Another beautiful evening with no rain, and only 75 degrees warm, so it was lovely! 

Sunday, June 20, 2021
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1 day

My wonderful daughter bought us two tickets for the Father's Day sail on the Pride of Baltimore II, the 157' wooden replica square-topmast-rigged schooner based in Baltimore.  Such a beautiful vessel, and with such a spiderweb of rigging.  Arrived in the area a tad early and easily snagged street parking in Fells Point, and got to Pride about ten minutes before 10.  6 crew and about 25 passengers don't feel at all crowded on a deck that's 100' long and 26' wide, and within just a few minutes of motoring away from the dock the crew had three sails up and bearing.  Wind was unfortunately light (3-5 mph) for most of the trip out of Baltimore Harbor, filling in only about 11:20, and they had to turn us around and turn on the engine at about 11:40.  But a truly glorious voyage it was, and such a treat to have my daughter pick it out as a Father's Day gift -- couldn't have been a better place to be with her.  And while passengers don't get to steer, we did get to haul lines to raise the sails, so we did have something to do.  And Pride arranges for an NPS historian to accompany the voyages, so we got to hear much about the history of Balimore Harbor on the way out and back, with special emphasis on Ft. McHenry and the War of 1812 -- all wonderfully told while we slowly sailed the sights.  Beautiful!

Saturday, June 19, 2021
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1 day

Quite a day on the water.  Left the Annapolis Yacht Club dock about 9:45 to head out to the race area.  Had a good chance to find the race marks and get oriented to the course.  Wind was higher than predicted -- more like 10-12 than 5-9, though since it was from the West the closer we came to the upwind mark the less wind there was, since the mark was not that far off the land.  Great to be out with my fellow Harbor 20 racers, rather than with my normal mixed fleet of J-boats, Catalinas, 39-40 footers, trimarans, and Johnson 18's.  That said, i muffed the first start, and never did catch up in the first race.  After a tasty PBJ between races, had a much better start the second race, and even crossed ahead of other boats on our way through the first upwind, but were behind by the time we got to the weather mark, and didn't catch up going downwind.  Had some sprinkles during the 2nd race, but were happy the races kept going.  Had the best start of the day on the third race, but didn't end up faring well at all, in the end.  As it was by now 1:30, and T-storms were predicted for 4-5 pm, we took off north to sail the 7.5 miles back home, hoping to beat the weather.  Motor-sailed all the way across Annapolis' harbor and up the Narrows until we got to Round Bay, which we sailed across.  As we neared its northern end, the wind died, and we put the Torqueedo on again, arriving back at the dock with 17% power remaining -- just enough!  We got home about 4 p.m., for about 6 1/4 hours on the water straight, without a break, nor relief.  But a beautiful day on the water it was, and a great chance to bond all day with my brother!

Saturday, June 19, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Quite a day on the water.  Left the Annapolis Yacht Club dock about 9:45 to head out to the race area.  Had a good chance to find the race marks and get oriented to the course.  Wind was higher than predicted -- more like 10-12 than 5-9, though since it was from the West the closer we came to the upwind mark the less wind there was, since the mark was not that far off the land.  Great to be out with my fellow Harbor 20 racers, rather than with my normal mixed fleet of J-boats, Catalinas, 39-40 footers, trimarans, and Johnson 18's.  That said, i muffed the first start, and never did catch up in the first race.  After a tasty PBJ between races, had a much better start the second race, and even crossed ahead of other boats on our way through the first upwind, but were behind by the time we got to the weather mark, and didn't catch up going downwind.  Had some sprinkles during the 2nd race, but were happy the races kept going.  Had the best start of the day on the third race, but didn't end up faring well at all, in the end.  As it was by now 1:30, and T-storms were predicted for 4-5 pm, we took off north to sail the 7.5 miles back home, hoping to beat the weather.  Motor-sailed all the way across Annapolis' harbor and up the Narrows until we got to Round Bay, which we sailed across.  As we neared its northern end, the wind died, and we put the Torqueedo on again, arriving back at the dock with 17% power remaining -- just enough!  We got home about 4 p.m., for about 6 1/4 hours on the water straight, without a break, nor relief.  But a beautiful day on the water it was, and a great chance to bond all day with my brother!

Friday, June 18, 2021
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1 day

Had to use my powerboat to tow my Harbor 20 sailboat from our home up the Severn River down to Annapolis on Friday night to be able to participate in Saturday's Leukemia Cup charity regatta.  Wind was 12-15 mph from the South, which was easy to motor into but would have taken us forever to short-tack through to get to Annapolis -- hence the use of our powerboat to tow the sailboat.  Everything proceeded fine until we got below the Naval Academy Bridge, whereupon the huge powerboat wakes reflected off the Naval Academy and bounced us all over the place, as if we were in a washing machine.  Manuvered through the mooring fields, which were pretty full given that it was a warm Friday evening, but luckily Annapolis Yacht Club's Sailing Center was in a bit of a lull -- we arrived after the beer can racing started, but before they returned.  Got our Harbor 20 battened down and then had a wonderful 30 mph run back up the Severn! 

Thursday, June 17, 2021
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1 day

I've raced in Leukemia Cup every year since I started racing my Harbor 20 sailboat in 2015, and our fleet routinely gets 20+ boats on the line for this event.  It is well-worth moving my Harbor 20 the seven miles down the Severn to the race area to be able to compete in a one-design fleet several times a year, but it takes advance logistical work.  I have to use my powerboat to tow my sailboat boat down the night before, which this year was Friday, June 18.  On Thursday, June 17 I had to go fill up my powerboat so it would have enough gas for the roundtrip -- since it only had 1/4 of a tank, not having filled up since August, 2020.  

Had a nice evening ride down to Smith's Marina into 10-12 mph winds from the South, filled her up, and had a beautiful return run.  A nice evening all around!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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1 day

Third race of the 2nd series for the Round Bay Sailing Association.  We had 10-15 mph winds from the West, which was not from that usual a direction and was pleasantly robust for mid-June.  And it was only 80 degrees, with no rain!  We luckily had 4 in the boat, my usual crew plus my brother who was visiting from MN.  With gusts well about 15, it was great to have the fourth body on the upwind legs.  We went from B to E to B to E and finished at B.  Our spin runs actually went fairly well; we were not overpowered at all.  We only ended up 12th out of 19 starters since the higher wind hit the sweet spots for the bigger boats in the fleet.  But had a wonderful night!

Monday, June 14, 2021
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1 day

Finally got off work around 7 p.m., and then got on the sailboat about 7:20.  Since sunset today isn't until 8:50, that left plenty of time for sailing!  Wind 7-9 from the South gave me more to work with than I'd expected, so I ran a course from E to B to V and back downwind to E.  A beautiful evening out there, with no other sailboats and only 3-4 powerboats, so very little wakes.  Delightful!

Sunday, June 13, 2021
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1 day

Didn't leave the dock until 7:30 p.m amidst cloudy skies and 10 mph winds from the S, but since sunset isn't until 8:30 these days, that was fine.

After riding out Valentine Creek to check out the Severn River, it was clearly better to stay in protected waters, so I headed back in and headed up Plum Creek.

The surprise came when I was passing a two-story dock where two young me (early 20's) were jumping off the second level, into the water.  They flagged me down and one of them then said that he couldn't swim back to the Arden beach across the way, from whence he'd come, saying he was light-headed, and asked me to tow him.  I said sure, and he hopped in the water and grabbed the web strap off the back of my kayak and I towed him to the beach.  Guessing its about 200-250 yards or so.

The contrast between kayaking myself and doing it towing a 5'10" young man was remarkable.  I'm glad I've built up some kayaking stamina, since all of a sudden it was really hard going.  I felt like runners must feel with 20 pound weights strapped to their legs -- hard to go foward.  We made it across, though, and once he could stand up in the shallow water of the beach, he was very, very appreciative.  

I headed back and asked his buddy, who had recommenced diving off the second story of the dock, if he wanted a ride, but he declined.  I went up to the headwaters of Plum Creek, and when I returned, he again said he didn't need a ride, but did jump into the water and start swimming.  There were two powerboats headed into the creek at about this time, and given that it was about 8 p.m. under cloudy skies and he had dark hair, I was worried that the powerboats might not see him, so paddled right next to him for the duration of his swim.

Not the quiet evening paddle I'd expected!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
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Although it looked like we'd have a T-storm right before our 6:15 start, radar models showed that we'd be fine, so we headed out and the RC set up a good race on Round Bay to start off the end of Long Point, at Mark V.  We headed off in 5 mph winds from the South, and five minutes into the race the wind picked up to 15-18 with higher gusts as we were headed to the bottom of Round Bay, to mark C.  We hugged the starboard shore, and in the lee of the headland we were no longer over-powered, so had a good run up to C.  After rounding the mark, we had to decide to go wing and wing or put up the spinnaker.  After about 100 yards, we launched the spin, and hung on.  The wind had moderated to around 10-12, so we had a good run down to A, sailing low angles and only having to jibe twice.  Dropped the spin and had a good rounding at A, and then lost much of our wind as we headed up to C.  Decent run back to A from C, coming over the line in the middle of the fleet.  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
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Although it looked like we'd have a T-storm right before our 6:15 start, radar models showed that we'd be fine, so we headed out and the RC set up a good race on Round Bay to start off the end of Long Point, at Mark V.  We headed off in 5 mph winds from the South, and five minutes into the race the wind picked up to 15-18 with higher gusts as we were headed to the bottom of Round Bay, to mark C.  We hugged the starboard shore, and in the lee of the headland we were no longer over-powered, so had a good run up to C.  After rounding the mark, we had to decide to go wing and wing or put up the spinnaker.  After about 100 yards, we launched the spin, and hung on.  The wind had moderated to around 10-12, so we had a good run down to A, sailing low angles and only having to jibe twice.  Dropped the spin and had a good rounding at A, and then lost much of our wind as we headed up to C.  Decent run back to A from C, coming over the line in the middle of the fleet.  

Sunday, June 6, 2021
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Spent an hour mid-day at 90 degrees and very little wind out on the kayak in Valentine Creek.  Very diferent from the last time I was out.  First, all the boats have had their shrink-wrap removed.  Second, the water was way over 70 degrees.  Third, the water had lots of swimming (or previously swimming...) cicadas in it, which it didn't the last time I was out -- and likely won't again for the next 17 years.  Very worthwhile to get out on the water in the kayak, which I'd not used much at all since the sailboat was launched in April.  Lots and lots of powerboat traffic -- probably two dozen boats during the hour I was out, which is such a difference from previous kayak trips.  Luckily, since it was the weekend, so they were staying under 6 mph as required, which helped.  A beautiful time, actually -- just different than my earlier kayak trips!

Sunday, June 6, 2021
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Spent an hour mid-day at 90 degrees and very little wind out on the kayak in Valentine Creek.  Very diferent from the last time I was out.  First, all the boats have had their shrink-wrap removed.  Second, the water was way over 70 degrees.  Third, the water had lots of swimming (or previously swimming...) cicadas in it, which it didn't the last time I was out -- and likely won't again for the next 17 years.  Very worthwhile to get out on the water in the kayak, which I'd not used much at all since the sailboat was launched in April.  Lots and lots of powerboat traffic -- probably two dozen boats during the hour I was out, which is such a difference from previous kayak trips.  Luckily, since it was the weekend, so they were staying under 6 mph as required, which helped.  A beautiful time, actually -- just different than my earlier kayak trips!

Friday, June 4, 2021
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Light wnd from the W all day.  Had a brief staff meeting out on Fiona mid-day with my team from work, but had to retreat after about an hour when an errant rain cloud starting spitting at us.  Got back and covered the boat up before any rain came in earnest, which it looked like was going to happen.  But never did!  

Went out after work with my sister to light winds from the W, and we just beam reached through Round Bay from N to S and back multiple times over a 3 hour period.  Was over 80 degrees, but late enough in the day with just enough wind to be just fine.  Delifghtful opportunity to catch up!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
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Winds were 13-15 at the start, and built during the race, to be an even 15, per the RC.  All from the South, so we started at A and tacked South to C.  Stayed to the left side of the course, but with only three of us in the boat, got knocked a lot and had to ease main to reduce heel.  Let traveller out mid to all of the way, dependimg on wind intensity.  Once we rounded C, went wing and wing for about 100 yards, and then decided to deploy the spinnaker.  The highest wind we'd ever surfed in, and we were able to control it, but we only jibed once, since control was not that great.  Spent most of our time dead down wind since if we were above that we had issues staying in control.  Team Fiona has really improved, though, to the point that we were able to even entertain puttng up the spin in such wnd.  Dowsed early since there was a parade of big boats headed for A and we didn't want to be in that mess with a spin up and very little control.  Had to jibe anyway to round A, and then tacked fairly soon to get back upwind to B.  Contemplated raising the spin again on the way back to A, but it was a beam reach, and we were able to go 5.8-6 without it, and with that wind, it was too much for a spin.  Came acros 12th, and corrected over several boats to end up 10th out of 16 boats who started.  Not as good as last week, where we were 2nd, but that was mostly a fluke -- the good news is that we beat all the otherr boats in our start.  Job well done by Team Fiona, especially given that we were late arriving -- got there during the starting sequence, which started at 6:10 -- right on time.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
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12-14 mph from the South gave me a good opportunity to run a course from E to N and back to A to B and A again, with serious upwind.  Wished I'd had some passengers to help me flatten the boat, but good wind for practicing my tacks and getting layline estimates for the marks better.  Beautiful night, with speedy downwind wing-and-wings!

Monday, May 31, 2021
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Rainy and cold (high of 54! )on Friday and Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.  Monday finally heated up to low 70's.  After spending the afternoon helping hang things on the wall at my daughter's apartment, got home at 7, and then took the sailboat out.  Sailed until after sunset, and then came in.  Nice breeze from the South.  Gotta love summer sailing!

Thursday, May 27, 2021
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Nothing like getting off a conference call at 7 and taking the cover off the boat and gettng underway on by 7:15 and staying out until 8:30.  On a weeknight!  Light winds from the S allowed me to run a course from E to B to V to N back to E.  Ran into someone from a boat I race against on Wednesday nights, which is always fabulous to have happen on Round Bay!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
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Thunderstorm predicted on radar for 5:45, so the Round Bay Sailing Association wisely postponed our normal start time from 6:15 p.m. until the thunderstorm threat passed.  We all assembled off Long Point, but there wasn't enough wind to start for about 15 minutes.  There were 3 mph when RC started the sequence, but once our start took off, the wind died back.  We moved forward about .7-1.1 mph for about 20 minutes, not getting very far from the starting line as the next two waves of boats joined us in the race -- and not moving much.  We started with the wind on the North, but it moved to West after a short bit, and eventually filled in from S, so we put up our spins and finally made it to the original windward mark, going downwind.  A bizarre race, but our Harbor 20 had line honors, which has only happened once before in the 5 years I've been racing here.  I'm now just hoping for a finish in the top third of the fleet once the handicapping math all gets done.  Pretty cool, though, for us to end up looking back from the finish line at all the spinnakers coming at us!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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I'd not been on it since we'd finally managed to get it running a month ago, so after working on the sailboat to replace the mainsheet block on the barney post, came to check and see if the powerboat lift would work, since a plastic motor cover had been broken.  It worked, so I then needed to see if the boat would start.  It did, instantly and easily, so I then took her out for a spin.  70 degrees and 12 from the S, so took her out in Round Bay.  Pounding all the way down to Long Point, and then took a wide turn and came back around.  Kept her around 28-30 mph the whole time, and she purred right along.  Great to have her out for a spin!

Sunday, May 23, 2021
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Wind from the N in the ~12 range, with gusts to 15, and 80+ degrees.  Took my brother out on his last day before he flew home to MN, and had the most wind in the week he'd been here.  Reefed the main and took off downwind to N, and then turned up to return to A.  Quite glad we were reefed once we came upwind, since the water down there was beginning to whitecap, and without a third body, we had a hard time keeping the boat flat.  Beautiful, zesty ride back upwind, and then turned home to get him back to his evening dinner appointment.  Wonderful afternoon on the water with my sibling!

Saturday, May 22, 2021
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Managed to get two trips in on Saturday afternoon before our family had our first post-covid get-together.  8 of us, all vaccinated, in one room.  How amazing it was to just hang together, for the first time in 18 months.  

And to go sailing to boot was a bonus.  Wind from the N was light and variable.  First went out with my brother, and then came back to the dock and picked up our sister and took her out.  Two hours each trip was great, though with it being 90 degrees we had to stay hydrated.  

Friday, May 21, 2021
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Managed to get out on Friday afternoon with my sister, who had not been able to join me at all in 2020, so we had a great 'get re-acquainted with the sailboat' time for 2 hours on Friday afternoon.  Winds 7 with gusts to 10 from the S; air temp in the 80's.

With that practice under her belt, my sister then joined my brother and I to race in the first Friday Night series of the Round Bay Sailing Association.  Joined by two other boats, a 31 footer and a 39 footer, we had a leisurly sail from Lindstead pier to Long Point and back.  The 31-footer had line honors, followed by the 39 footer, but I'm waiting for the handicapping math to be done, since it is conceivable that we might end up on top.  Was a lovely evening in any event, and pretty darn special to be able to sail with my brother and sister, and to race with them for the very first time ever.  And the first time I'd ever had my spin up without my normal Wednesday night crew, since my brother learned how to get the spin up -- and jibe with her!  Wind S and pretty light, but enough to get the big boats moving.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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And this time we had enough wind to finish the course, but not too much, as has happened twice before this season.  Finished mid-fleet among about 15 boats, and still waiting for the results of the handicapping math, which I'm hopeful puts us in the top 40% of boats.  We'll see.  Light winds from the South, but steady enough to keep us moving well except for the last 150 yards, which were excrutiating.  We had four on our boat instead of our usual three, but with additional hands were even better able to stay in trim going upwind, which helped on our performance.  Wind picked up after the race was over, so held spin practice for another half an hour, which was glorious.  Most boats stayed out to sail afterwards, too, since it was such a pretty evening.  Wonderful all-around!

Monday, May 17, 2021
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I am always interested in going sailing, so when my racing partner said she had friends in town who might want to go sailing, I was all-in, and just hoped there would be wind.  There was about 10 mph from the South when we started, so we had a nice upwind run and then as the wind faded to 5 mph had just enough to get the spin up, and let them handle a spinsheet for the first time ever.  Great night out, and got to meet some new friends!

Saturday, May 15, 2021
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We're so lucky to live in a community in Crownsville, MD, where the water is close-by, and where we can decide on the spur on the moment that we're tired of yard-work and errands on a Saturday, and want to go sailing instead.  And then see which neighbors want to join us.  Which is how on Saturday at 4:00 I found myself on my Harbor 20 with two neighbors, one who races with me regularly, the other who had not been on it.  We had just enough wind to get out and put up the spin and have a lovely spur-of-the moment Saturday afternoon adventure on the water.  So lucky to live here!

Friday, May 14, 2021
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Had a late lunch outside at Pusser's in Annapolis, but still had time afterwards on Friday night to have 90 minutes out by myself on my Harbor 20, which was a fabulous way to end the week. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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Even though I had Zoom calls through 6 p.m., I was still able to get out for 90 minutes on my Harbor 20 in the 5-7 mph evening winds, which was delightful.  

And to get back to the dock at sunset is glorious.

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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Wind was supposed to be light and from the North, but instead was medium turning to light, and from the South.  Round Bay Sailing Association RC made a course from B to C to B to A to finish at B, and luckily shortened the course to finish at A.  Wind declined during the race, as it does.  2nd boat to the upwind mark, just behind Himmel, and then had a nice spin run all the way back up Round Bay, past B, to finish at A, amidst the fast boats, which is not the usual finishing location for our Harbor 20.  Beautiful spinnakers out, and we were able to keep ours full on both legs, though the pressure declined the further we got from the lower mouth of Round Bay.  Fabulous night in that there were no thunderstorms to worry about, nor winds in the 20's, so afterwards everyone just floated around and drank their beers, not wanting the lovely evening to be over.  We'll have to see how the math works out, but i'm hoping we ended up with at least a mid-fleet finish.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Beautiful evening with 5 knots of wind -- with occasional gusts of 10-ish, all from the S.  Rode up Plum Creek, back around to the main basin in Valentine, and then home.  Two other kayakers out -- that was it!

Thursday, May 6, 2021
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Our SeaRay 205 powerboat had refused to start this spring when I first tried three weeks ago, but luckily when our boat doctor mechanic made his house call today he got it running.  So after work we had to go take a quick voyage.  Explored Valentine and Plum creeks and then went into Round Bay and opened her up.  Wonderful to skim across the water going 35 mph, and run race marks around the edges of Round Bay and back home.  So delightful

Then took the sailboat out from 7 p.m through 8:15 p.m. for a beautiful evening ride in 5-7 mph of breeze from the NW moving to W.  So beautiful out,with only 2-3 powerboats out to make waves.  

Two boat rides in one evening -- lucky we are!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Forecast wind was 10-14 knots.  Actual was  more like 16-18 with gusts to 26, from the NW.  Temp was 68 dropping to 60 within the hour.  Luckily the water that came over the bow and soaked us was warm.  Had four on-board instead of our usual three to race, and what a blessing that was.  Started out downwind with a reefed main, and pretty quickly was going 7.7 mph (note hull speed is 5.9 mph).  Went upwind for a bit to see how that would go, and moved along at 5.4 mph upwind with just the reefed main, no jib.  Proceeded to starting line, which was further downwind and had good-sized waves and whitecaps.  9 boats came out to race; 2 retired before starting.  2 ran agound during the race, in part because the water was down due to the high NW winds, a 41-footer and my Harbor 20.  The finishers were a 46, a 40, a 39, and a hardy J-27.   We managed the first upwind from B to E and then flew downwind to N.  Then up to A, this time with the jib up since the wind had moderated a tad, where we ran aground.  Used a mix of engine and jib to get her off, and then sailed home.  We persisted, and wanted to finish the race, but that was not to be.

Saturday, May 1, 2021
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Had a great trip out that I didn't want to end.  Two hours starting at 5:30 in 8 dropping to 5 mph.  Ran around Marks B and up to E and back twice around,  Thence back home up Valentine Creek, but went up to the headwaters because it was such a nice 70 degree night and didn't want to head to the dock just yet.  Chatted with a fellow racer who was on his dock about the previous night's race -- I love being in a water community!

Thursday, April 29, 2021
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Had a good ride in the early evening up Valentine Creek and over to the entrance of Plum Creek and then back home.  No other boats out.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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First race for my Harbor 20 crew and I in ourPHRF fleet.  Actually the 2nd race of the season, but only 4 boats from the fleet of 25 went out last week, since the wind was 20-30 mph, and even the 40-footers were getting knocked about.  By contrast, this was a steady Southerly in the 8 mph range -- until it faltered as we were in the 4th of a 4-leg race.  Had a great initial upwind run, second boat around the mark, fabulous spin run, was first of the fleet around the mark, and then wind faltered as we neared the end of the reach leg, and died as we rounded it.  Stuck in doldrums trying to get the spin up, watching other bigger boats head past us.  Instead of a top-half finish will be bottom-half, but the first three legs we performed well, so there's hope for the rest of the season!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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Had another beautiful evening sail on my Harbor 20, Fiona, with our racing team -- the second for this year.  Wind from the West, so ran a course in Round Bay from race mark A to race mark B, hoiisted the spin, and came down, and then went back up again.  Wind died as we came back down, but after a bit, filled in again, so had a chance to spin all the way to the entrance of Valentine Creek, where we dowsed it.  Another Round Bay sailor came out on their center consol to visit, and later a neighbor couple came out on their whaler.  We got much more proficient in our sail and line handling, and it was fabulous to meet with up friends on the water!

Monday, April 26, 2021
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Wanted to sail this evening, but with a dying breeze, and a buddy reaching out to see if I was free to go kayaking this evening, that made the most sense.  Left about 6:30 and got home a bit over an hour later.  Went into Round Bay and around Kyle Point into the creek between Kyle and Long Point.  Beautiful evening, with only 2 boats out on Round Bay the whole night, which meant negligible boat wakes.  70 degrees.  Wonderful!

Saturday, April 24, 2021
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High winds again precluded sailing, but that's why we have a kayak.  Spent 40 minutes out and did not see a single boat, which was glorious.  Up to the headwaters of Valentine Creek, over to Plum and a little ways up, and then home.  Beautiful 59 degrees out, with light winds (for us).

Friday, April 23, 2021
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Had a great spin practice session with our team, which was the first time the three of us were able to get out this year -- and actually the first time we'd been together since 2019, since we only raced with two people instead of three during 2020 due to the pandemic.  Now that all three of us have been vaccinated, it was wonderful to get out again with a good West breeze around 10-11 with gusts to 15 and get moving.  Ran a course, with a start at Mark B, up to V and then downwind back to B.  The second and third times 'round we put up the spin, which worked beautifully.  And was a great way to spend a Friday night!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Scheduled to head out with my sailboat racing crew to have our first practice of the season, but the wind was too high.  Since I was scheduled to go boating, decided to kayak instead, which was possible since the wind was from the South, and Valentine Creek is in the lee, so I had a nice 40 minute ride up the creek and back.  Any boat ride is better than no boat ride!

Sunday, April 18, 2021
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Good South wind, from 8-12, gave me a chance to remember how everything works!  Took 30 minutes to put the jib on the roller furler, which is never easy, and always requires adjusting and re-adjusting.  Got it roughly right and then took Fiona out around 3 for 2.5 hours on Round Bay in the Severn River, during which RaceQs says I covered 9.2 nautical miles.  Worked upwind to various race marks and then went wing/wing downwind.  Some weather rolled by and began to look threatening, but got home before it looked like it was about to hit.  And it never did rain!

Worked to get strady 5 mph upwind and 5-6 downwind.

Friday, April 9, 2021
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  • First sail of the year
  • About to put her in!

Finally got my Harbor 20 sailboat, Fiona, off the hard and into the water -- complete with new bottom paint, freshly waxed topsides, and a new bilge pump and deep cycle battery.  Put the main on and motored out of Smith's Marina into little Round Bay.  Raised the main and the 8-12 mph South wind gave me a nice 4-5 mph ride on main alone.  Through the drizzle, in the 50 degree weather.  Sailed to my dock through lessening wind and increasing rain, reducing speed to about 2.5 mph.  Rain stopped as I approached the dock, which made it easier to unload, put the cover on, and futz with setting the docklines up for the first time this year.  

Great way to start the year!

Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Kayaked with a friend again this evening.  Temps in high 60's, but winds about 10 mph out on the Severn, so we stayed in Valentine, first checking out the headwaters of Plum Creek, where we were able to get pretty far up the creek, since the tide was so high.  Then back all the way around Valentine, where we ran into a racing friend of ours from Round Bay Sailing Association who had just had their boat put in the water yesterday, and were happily working on the next round of things that need to be done, now that the boat was finally in!  Lovely night out, with folks out fishing in their jon boats and other folks out on Stand-Up Paddleboards.  Beautiful evening!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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Had the longest kayak ride yet this season on a Wednesday evening -- since our sailboat races haven't started yet.  Air temp 70's again, and wind 5-7 from the South.  Kayaked out the Severn River's Valentine Creek south into Round Bay all the way around Kyle Point to the south of us, and then back.  Wonderful ride, with quite a few power boats out.  Including one towing a wakeboarder -- in water that's less than 55 degrees!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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Had a lovely Tuesday evening out on kayaks with a friend.  Weather low 70's, and wind 5-8 from the S, so we were able to start on the Severn's Valentine Creek and head south on Round Bay nearly to Kyle Point.  And then had an easy ride back, since the wind was with us.  3-4 boats out, but not too many wakes, which was nice.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
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The wind was up on the Severn when I went out at 6:30, blowing 13-18 from the SW, but I stayed in Valentine Creek, where the wind was 3-4 with fluky gusts over 10 coming from every-which-way.  Kept the kayak on the right side of the water, and didn't venture out into the Severn.  For the first time this year saw three other kayaks out with me.  And again no power or sail boats.  Wonderful!

Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Nice to be out on the kayak after a day off due to rainstorms.  Glassy water again, and no boats out.  Probably the last time of the season, since more and more boats are getting de-winterized and out on the water here on the Severn.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
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must mean spring is upon us, which it literally finally is, though with cold days alternating with warm ones it is hard to tell.  Glassy water, light winds, a friend to kayak with, and not a boat in sight made it a beautiful evening to be out -- the third day in a row.

Monday, March 22, 2021
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Out for the second time on the kayak in two days, this time with a friend.  No wind, beautiful evening with glassy water providing great reflections.  Checked out Plum Creek to its mouth, and the same with Valentine Creek, both off of the Severn.  A great way to socially distance and visit!

 

Sunday, March 21, 2021
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Spent an hour starting at 6 p.m. having a lovely evening on the kayak on Valentine Creek, with only 1-3 mph winds.  Only saw 1 boat out -- a 70's style 30' catamaran -- so had no wakes and beautiful glassy water.  Fabulous!

Friday, March 12, 2021
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Got stuck on a call for work until 5:45, but got on the kayak by 6 p.m., just after sunset, and had a glorious ride.  5 kt winds with gusts to 10 from the NW kept me alert, and low water kept me from going all the way to the headwaters of Plum Creek, off the Severn, but it was a beautiful time for a 35 minute trip.  Best part was that I only saw ducks -- still no powerboats on Plum or Valentine Creeks -- feels like this will be the last time this year that will be the case.  60+ degree air temp was really nice; looking forward to kayaking in shorts soon!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
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65 degree weather brought my sister to join me in a kayaking trip mid-afternoon today on Valentine Creek, off the Severn River.  She lives in the DC area, but came over to enjoy the sunshine and get on the water.  And with glassy water, and no wind, it was a beautiful way to catch up on family while remaining socially distant.  Loving the change in the weather!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
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66 degree air temperature was too tempting to pass up, so spent nearly an hour on the kayak on the Severn's Round Bay right before & after sunset.  Only saw one boat -- plus one fox, a heron, and two ducks.  wind 2 mph from the SW made for glassy conditions, and with the water in the 40's and the air in the 60's it made for interesting air temps, changing up and down all the time.  Glassy water!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
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Great kayak trip starting right after sunset.  The only wakes were mine, since there were no other boats around, and the water was mirror-like until my kayak cut right through it.  55 degrees air temp and zero wind.  Only other living thing I saw was two Heron, one fishing on Arden beach and the other flying overhead.  Wonderfully quiet, serene, and contemplative.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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Normally I don't kayak when there are still traces of snow on the ground, but with weather in the high 50's, I just had to.  Took a sunset ride on smooth water in Valentine Creek, which luckily was in the lee of the 13-15 mph winds that were coming from the South.  My arms and shoulders were letting me know that it had been seven weeks since I'd been on a kayak; hopefully winter is about to release her icy grip and I'll soon be able to kayak every day.  

Saturday, January 2, 2021
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Was great to get out for an evening kayak ride on the 2nd day of 2021, starting at 4:45 p.m., so was able to catch sunset while it was stil pretty warm out (~49).  On Valentine Creek, well up the Severn, there were only two other boats out, so with only 5 mph winds from WNW, it was wonderfully smooth water.  A great way to start the year!