Century Club: Alan Batcheller

Sunday, September 26, 2021
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1 day

Perfect morning for kayaking.  Kayaked over the sunken sailboat.

Saturday, September 25, 2021
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1 day
  • Ewave
  • EWave
  • Talking to Steve about his Ewave

I was watching one of my neighbors’ friends riding his EWave and wanted a closer view so I kayaked over to check it out.  Looks like lots of fun!  Perhaps next summer I’ll get a chance to try it out.  https://www.ewavesurf.com/

Monday, September 20, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Me on day 100.
  • Me on day.

Wow, I did it!  Went out for a morning sail and I’m glad I didn’t wait until later in the day as it’s gotten wicked windy.  Thank you Spin Sheet Magazine for enriching my life and thank you Mount Gay providing some much needed refreshment on those days that maybe didn’t go as planned. 

Sunday, September 19, 2021
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1 day
  • Great day for sailing.
  • One of my all time favorite sailboats, a West Wight Potter

Just a wonderful day to go out sailing.

Saturday, September 18, 2021
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1 day
  • Glad this isn't my beach.
  • Not much wind but still nice to be out.
  • Nice looking boat motoring by.

Went out for about 1 1/2 hours and covered about 1 1/5 miles.  Still great to be on the water.

Friday, September 17, 2021
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1 day

A 2:00 PM meeting got changed to 10:00 AM hence only had time for a quick Kayak this morning.  Overcast skies.

Thursday, September 16, 2021
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1 day
  • Duck Blind

Overcast morning with not much wind until I past DM 5/6 then the wind picked up enough to have some fun.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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Conditions were perfect for a two-hour sail around Mattox Creek this morning.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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  • Not much wind this morning.
  • I love my tiller clutch. Huge help sailing single handed.
  • If cormorants and seagulls can get along why can’t people?

Not much wind at all this morning but that’s okay.  Just fun and relaxing to cleat the lines, lock the tiller clutch, sit, take in the scenery, enjoy the ride, and smile, smile, smile.

Monday, September 13, 2021
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1 day
  • Beautiful sunrise over Mattox Creek this morning.
  • We have been watching a family of swans grow up over the summer.
  • Very calm sailing out.
  • Empty nest not to be confused with empty nesters.

Decided to go for a morning sail even though the wind wasn’t terrific.  Sail to day marker 4 was very slow but beautiful non the less.  The wind picked up a little and had a nice sail back home.

Sunday, September 12, 2021
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1 day
  • The pin in the gooseneck fell out. Fortunately it was lying on the seat.
  • I've learned to keep spare parts on board.
  • Fixed.
  • Had a terrific Sunday morning sail.

I motored out to the middle of Mattox Creek to raise my main sail when I saw a pin on the seat cushion.  For the life of me I couldn’t figure out where it came from until I raised the sail and realized it came out of the gooseneck holding the boom to the mast.  Fortunately, I had some spare cotter rings on board, so it worked out to be just a minor inconvenience.  Had a nice sail after that.

Saturday, September 11, 2021
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1 day
  • Beautiful morning sunrise.
  • Looking out at the Potomac
  • Near perfect wind for a nice afternoon sail.

A beautiful morning sunrise, flat water, no wind, and an ebbing tide mother nature seemed to be telling me it would be a perfect morning to go kayaking so I did.  Near perfect wind and high tide in the afteroon so I was able to get in a real nice sail as well.

Friday, September 10, 2021
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1 day
  • The day started out very windy.
  • Nice sail on Mattox Creek
  • Brushing up on my mixology skills for tonight's Spin Sheet Happy Hour.

The day started our super windy and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get out.  Around 2:00 PM the wind died down a little and I had a nice sail on Mattox Creek.  Got home in time to practice my mixology skills for tonight’s Spin Sheet virtual happy hour. 

Thursday, September 9, 2021
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1 day
  • A waterman coming home for the day.
  • Seagulls
  • A can't resist posting a picture of a Heron in flight.

I was awoken this morning at 5:30 AM to the sound of thunder and while having my morning coffee looking out at the rain wondered if I would get to go out today.  Fortunately, the rain stopped and by afternoon I was able to go out for a sail under overcast skies.  Sailed out to DM 4 then to DM 9 and back home.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
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1 day
  • Yet another view of Mattox Creek.
  • I was able to get in just as the rain started.

The weather looked a little ominous, but I was able to get in a quick sail just before the rain came.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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1 day
  • Sailing past the Colonial Beach boardwalk.

It feels like September.  There aren't all that many boats around Colonial Beach even in the summer but now that we are past Labor Day even fewer.  With the sun being lower there is an abundance of stars on the water.  The wind started out a little weak but once I got past Day Marker 4 the wind was steady and I was able to cleat my sails and with my tiller clutch locked pretty much just sit and watch the scenery go by as I sailed past the boardwalk at Colonial Beach, grinning from ear to ear as to how lucky I am.  The wind wasn’t as cooperative on the way home and I ended up motoring back the last 1.5 miles.  Another great day on the water!

Monday, September 6, 2021
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1 day

Inconsistent wind, sometimes gusty, sometime almost non-existent.  Sailed out to the far duck blind near the Potomac River then back just past where the crabbers dock their boats.  Out for about two hours. 

Sunday, September 5, 2021
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1 day

Another terrific day on the water.  Stiff breeze but Karen and I felt comfortable sailing in it.

Saturday, September 4, 2021
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1 day
  • Low tide and not much wind.
  • Looking out at the Potomac
  • Cormorant

With a low tide, not much wind, and non-boating activities planned for this afternoon a short kayak outing was in order.  Saw lots of birds including Cormorants.  Fascinating birds, google them.

Friday, September 3, 2021
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1 day
  • A new spark plug and draining the carburetor worked.
  • Karen enjoying a day on the water.

My outboard started okay but died out and wouldn’t restart before my wife and I go the boat off the lift.  I tried and tried to restart it but was unsuccessful.  I drained the carburetor, added some fuel stabilizer, and replaced the spark plug and it seems to work okay now.  Took a couple of hours but Karen and I got on the water at noon for a nice 2-hour sail.  I’m very proud of Karen as she seems to be enjoying going out and doesn’t freak out when the unexpected gusts of wind hit us. 

Thursday, September 2, 2021
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1 day
  • I love watching Herons.
  • A view of the Potomac from Mattox Creek.

It was just a tad too windy to go sailing today though I did think about it.  I decided to kayak instead to a part of Mattox Creek I hadn’t explored before.  Really enjoyed it.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
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1 day
  • Watching the sun rise on Mattox Creek

Went out around 6:45 AM for a morning paddle on Mattox Creek before the remnants of Hurricane Ida come our way.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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1 day
  • Not much wind today

Not much wind today but it was still nice to get out on the water.

Monday, August 30, 2021
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1 day

Went out about 11:00 AM with my wife for a sail out to the Potomac.  Wind was marginal, particularly on the way back.  Still had fun and a few laughs as well.

Sunday, August 29, 2021
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1 day
  • Mellow sail around Mattox Creek
  • Does anyone know how to replace the choke knob on a Tohatsu Outboard?

After unsuccessfully trying to replace the broken choke valve on my Tohatsu 3.5 HP outboard I decided to take a sail around Mattox Creek.  Seemed like a little wind, then would pick up, then die down to nothing.  Fun day on the water none the less.

Saturday, August 28, 2021
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1 day
  • Nice sail around Mattox Creek

Nice afternoon sail around Mattox Creek.

Friday, August 27, 2021
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1 day

Another scorcher of a day in Virginia.  Went out for a sail on Mattox creek around 4:30 and pretty much the moment I went out a nice breeze greeted me.  Went out to day marker 1 then made the back to marker 7 then back out to 3 again and back home just because.

Thursday, August 26, 2021
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1 day

Another hot and humid August Day.  I went out on Mattox Creek around 3:00 PM for my 75th outing of the season.  Pretty much no wind for the first 30 minutes, just floated and baked in the hot sun.  Then, wtihout notice, the wind picked up nicely and it turned out to be yet another great day on the water.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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1 day

Pretty strong wind from the east on Mattox Creek today so I didn't venture out very far.  Pretty much stayed between day marker 4 and 7.  Around the bend at Fox Point the wind was minimal.  I'm certainly get more confident going out in stronger winds.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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1 day

The morning looked perhaps a bit too windy coupled with a low tide so I decided to wait until after lunch to go out.  Sailed up Mattox Creek about a mile or so then the wind became pretty much non - exisitant with the temperatures in the 90's.  Sailed back non the less and the wind was better just off the Potomac.

Monday, August 23, 2021
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1 day

Another near perfect day sailing on the Potomac.  Went east for a change.  I’m definitely getting more confidence in my sailing ability.

Sunday, August 22, 2021
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1 day
  • When I went out the other day I discovered that I had erroneously left my Under Armor bike app open which I discovered will also track my statistics on the water.

Perfect day for an 11+ mile sail on the Potomac.  Nice steady wind got me out and then the wind really picked up but I was able to get back home without incident.

Saturday, August 21, 2021
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1 day

Went out on Mattox Creek for about 1 1/4 hours.  Learned I could use my Under Armour bike app to track speed.  Averaged 2.8 mph.

Friday, August 20, 2021
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1 day

Spent about 2 hours sailing around Mattox Creek.

Thursday, August 19, 2021
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1 day

The last time I sailed was on July 8th when I cracked the hull of my sailboat and just got the boat back yesterday.  Not much wind today but it was just so nice to be out on the water. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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1 day
  • Motoring back home from Stepps Marina.

The cracked hull on my sailboat has been fixed and I motored it to our pier from Stepp's Marina.

Monday, August 16, 2021
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1 day
  • Kayaking on a Mountain Lake near Sheridan, Montana

The scenery was breathtaking kayaking on a lake in Cluster Gallatin National Forest.  Unfortunately I’m not able to upload some spectacular pictures.

Friday, August 6, 2021
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1 day
Thursday, August 5, 2021
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1 day

Back in Colonial Beach after spending a few days at Smith Mountain Lake.  Nice paddle on Mattox Creek.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 to Thursday, August 5, 2021
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Another nice boat ride on Smith Mountain Lake.  Thank you Don!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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  • Captain Don
  • Enjoying a boat ride on Smith Mountain Lake

A nice powerboat ride on Smith Mountain Lake compliments of my friend Don.

Monday, August 2, 2021
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  • Paddle boarding on Smith Mountain Lake
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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1 day

A quick paddle on Mattox Creek.

Monday, July 26, 2021
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1 day
  • Seagul
  • Low tide so I was able to paddle under our pier.

Paddling around Mattox Creek

Sunday, July 25, 2021
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1 day

I forgot to bring my camera with us but we did a Sunday monring paddle on Mattox Creek.

Thursday, July 22, 2021
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1 day

Actually more working that playing today.  Took my kayack out to work on my boat lift while my Precision is getting repaired.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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1 day
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
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1 day
Monday, July 12, 2021
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1 day

Really bummed out that my Precision 15K has a crack in the hull and I have not heard back from the insurance company yet.  Saw a couple of beautiful boats go out over the weekend from across Mattox Creek so I paddled over to take a look at them.

Sunday, July 11, 2021
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1 day
  • Stepp's Marina
  • Wiart's Wharf
Saturday, July 10, 2021
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1 day
Friday, July 9, 2021
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1 day
  • My neighbors piling is in serious disaray.
  • Kayaking around Mattox Creek.
  • You can probably see the crack in my keel.
  • I'm not sure if this will help fixing the hull but it's worth a try:).

I have a crack in the keel of my Precision so until I get it repaired, I’ll be doing the next several days on the water in my kayak which is fun but it’s not sailing.

Thursday, July 8, 2021
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1 day

With Tropical Storm Elsa slated to hit our area today I played it safe and just sailed from day marker 7 to 4 and back again.  Ended up cracking my hull while putting it up on my boat lift.  Oh well.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
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1 day
  • Crab pot buoy on the Potomac
  • Crabber on the Potomac
  • Coming up on one of Dahlgren's Range Buoys.
  • A seagull sticking around so that I could say hello.

Another hot day and my intention was to just got out for a little while and get another outing under my belt.  The wind picked up to make it a near perfect sailing conditions and I ended up staying out for over 4 hours. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
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1 day
  • Looking out at the Potomac
  • As you know I can't pass up a good Osprey picture.

Very hot day today hence I was expecting to just go out for a bit and float around in the hot sun before coming home to enjoy a refreshing Mount Gay cocktail.  A very gentle breeze pushed me out to the Potomac when I decided to head back home.  I was pleasantly surprised that the wind picked up for a near perfect sail back home.  I was able to cleat the main and jib and lock my tiller clutch so all I had to do was enjoy the ride and smile, smile, smile.

Monday, July 5, 2021
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1 day

I saw a total of 7 sailboats on the Potomac but unable to take a picture to capture them all.  

Sunday, July 4, 2021
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1 day
  • Just enough wind to make it to Ebb Tide Beach
  • Another picture of my Osprey friend.

Not much wind this afternoon but but had a nice sail down to Ebb Tide Beach and back.  More boats than normal on the water today but that was fine with me.  It was fun to watch families having a great time swimming off their boats and the screams of excitiment as they were being towed on water toys.

 

Saturday, July 3, 2021
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1 day
  • I can't pass up an Osprey picture opportunity.
  • Where the local crabbers start their day.

Way too much chop on the Potomac so I stayed in Mattox Creek today.  Had a terrific morning sailing.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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1 day
  • Sunfish Sail on Pamlico Sound NC

Sunfish Sail on Pamlico Sound NC

Monday, June 28, 2021
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1 day
  • Nice ferry ride to and from Ocracoke Island from Cape Hatteras.

Nice ferry ride to and from Ocracoke Island from Cape Hatteras.

Sunday, June 27, 2021
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  • John in the Jon Boat.
  • This classic started right up and had more than enough pep.

Visiting friends this week in Frisco, NC.  My friend John was kind enough to take me out in Pamlico Sound in his classic Alumacraft Jon Boat powered by an old 2hp Evinrude. 

Saturday, June 26, 2021
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1 day
  • Floating

Started out around noon with very little wind and just floated a bit on my way to the Potomac.  A gentle breeze picked up which brought me out to Maddox Creek marker #1 then the wind pretty much stopped.  Decided to come in with the assistance of my 3.5 HP Tohatsu outboard when the wind really picked up and I was able to come in just under sail.  

Friday, June 25, 2021
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1 day
  • Mattox Creek day marker # 1
  • I really enjoy watching Ospreys

Yet another near perfect day for sailing out to the Potomac.

Thursday, June 24, 2021
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  • Heading out to the Potomac.
  • I always enjoy seeing the Ospreys
  • Karen actually enjoying a sailboat ride.

Perfect day, or so it seemed, to cruise out to the Potomac.  Steady 7mph breeze from the east created a bit more chop on the Potomac than I was comfortable with so I sailed back into Mattox Creek.  My wife Karen called me and asked if she could join me which she did.  A little background, Karen was terrified of sailing and I used to beg her to just go out in flat water.  Looks like she is coming around.  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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1 day

Another fun day around Mattox Creek.  WInd picked up considerably so I stayed close to home.

 

Monday, June 21, 2021
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1 day
  • Colonial Beach

The wind was marginal starting out this moring but picked up and it turned out to be one of the best days yet to be out on the Potomac.  Sailed from Mattox Creek to just past Colonial Beach.

Sunday, June 20, 2021
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1 day

Karen and I got some exercise this beautiful Sunday morning by kayaking around Mattox Creek.

Saturday, June 19, 2021
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1 day
  • Osprey's.

Went out for what I thought would be a very short afternoon sail but it turned out that there was just enough wind to have fun.  

Friday, June 18, 2021
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1 day
  • It doesn't get much better than this.

An absolutely perfect 7 knot  breeze from the southwest enabled me to scoot back and forth our section of Mattox Creek.

Thursday, June 17, 2021
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1 day

Third day in a row with perfect sailing conditions around Mattox Creek. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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1 day
  • Another perfect day for sailing the Potomac.

Temperature in the low 80's, steady wind, what more could I ask for.  

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Nice westerly wind of perhaps 7 knots with gusts to 15.  Perfect wind conditions to practice my tacking.

Sunday, June 13, 2021
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1 day

I convinced my terrific wife to take an AM sail with me on Mattox Creek.  She is a bit apprehensive to sail so when she does go out it’s always one of the best sails of the season.

Saturday, June 12, 2021
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1 day

Saturday afternoon turned out to be a great day for a mellow sail on the Potomac.  As you can see I wasn't the only one with that idea.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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Took a morning sail past Stepp's Marinia.

Monday, June 7, 2021
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1 day
  • Alexandra Graham Bell's Bell House

Great day for a sail to Alexandra Graham Bell's Bell House in Colonial Beach, VA

Sunday, June 6, 2021
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1 day

Not much wind today but had a fun sail around Mattox Creek.

Saturday, June 5, 2021
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1 day
  • I didn't take this picture but it's a good one of my favorite upscale dive bar, Dockside.

Went for a sail to Dockside Restaurant with a fieind visiiting from Atlanta.  I think I had the smallest boat but proboably the most fun getting there.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
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1 day

Extended the Memorial Day weekend to Tuesday and sailed to Stepp’s Marina in the morning before heading back home for a short, 3 day workweek.

Monday, May 31, 2021
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1 day
  • Cobb Island

Perfect day for sailing with a steady wind from the north so I decided to cross the Potomac to Cobb Island.  About a 4 hour roundtrip sail.

Sunday, May 30, 2021
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  • My neighbors Aspen that he is hoping to do the Great American Loop in.
  • Kayaking back home.

Too windy for sailing so just paddled around Mattox Creek.  Checked out my neighbors boat that he is hoping to do the Great American Loop in.

Monday, May 10, 2021
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1 day

Another day that was too windy to sail so I did a little paddling instead.

Sunday, May 9, 2021
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I took my son in law for a morning sail to a friend’s house on Mattox Creek.  First time I docked at a dock other than mine.

Saturday, May 8, 2021
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1 day
  • Some wind damage in my neighbor's front yard.

Morning sail around Mattox Creek to Stepps Marina before the wind picked up too much.  Here’s a picture of a neighbor’s front yard.  As you can see from the fallen tree we have had more than our fair share of very windy days.

Monday, April 26, 2021
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1 day

Way too windy to go out sailing this morning but I was able to go out for a quick paddle in my kayak.

Sunday, April 25, 2021
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  • But I was able to get in a quick sail.
  • The weather looked ominous.

 

I was able to get a Sunday morning sail in before the wind got too gusty. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021
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  • Saturday AM sail
  • Saturday afternoon sail. Not to worry, I'm not sailing off the map, I just can't seem to rotate the picture.

I went for a quick Saturday morning sail before my friend came over to help me install my new jib.  Went again in the afternoon with the new jib.

Friday, April 23, 2021 to Monday, April 26, 2021
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  • Quick evening sail before the sun went down.
  • Picture of the jib sock and sail blowing around.

It has been incredibly windy the past week.  My neighbor texted me a picture of my boat on the lift with the jib sock flapping in the breeze along with the sail.  Not in a million years would I have thought that wind could unzip the sail cover, but it did.  The jib had seen better days and I had already purchased a replacement hence no big deal. Fortunately, the jib sock was not damaged.  Went out for a quick sail with the ripped jib before the sun went down.

Monday, April 12, 2021
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A morning sail around Mattox Creek.

Sunday, April 11, 2021
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  • Another near perfect day.

Lucky day # 13 was a continuation of day 12.  Near perfect weather with just the right amount of wind.

Saturday, April 10, 2021
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  • An overcast start to the day.
  • One of my all-time favorite upscale dive bars, Dockside.
  • The legendary Ms. Ann
  • The Riverboat

The weather was looking a bit dismal Saturday morning but it turned out to be one of my best sailing days thus far.  Sailed into Monroe Bay past one of my all-time favorite upscale dive bars, DockSide.  The legendary Miss Ann is still in Monroe Bay.  https://www.colonial-beach-virginia-attractions.com/miss-ann.html  Continued sailing up the Potomac past the Riverboat restaurant before turning around and heading back home.   Used my outboard to speed up the trip back home.  Four hours of sailing wasn’t enough on this day so went out again after lunch for another hour.  When things go well sailing is really fun!

Friday, April 9, 2021
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1 day
  • A very windy Friday evening.
  • Didn't want to spend too much time taking pictures.

A very windy Friday evening limited my boating to a very brief outing in my kayak, maybe 150 yards total.   My judgement and boating skills are both improving.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
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1 day

A nice, mellow morning paddle to Stepp’s Marina for day # 10. 

Monday, March 29, 2021
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1 day
  • Quiet before the storm.

They were predicting another strong, gusty wind day but I decided to go out anyway.  It was about 8:30 when I left and it didn't look that bad.  A strong wind from the west pushed me out of Mattox Creek quickly and I realized it was getting windier and should head back.  When the winds died down a bit, I should have taken that opportunity to furl my jib and lower and secure the main but I didn't.  By the time I decided I should secure everything it was too late.  I furled the jib okay but wasn't able to secure the mainsheet very well so it just flapped around as I motored in.  It was very challenging getting onto the lift with the high winds and I came close to having the head of the mainsail getting cut or caught in my outboards propellor.   I thank God for making it back safely and fortunately no damage to the boat.  I will definitely think twice before I go out when they are predicting gusts over 20mph.      

Sunday, March 28, 2021
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1 day
  • Kayaking on Mattox Creek

They were calling for rain and high winds on Sunday so I just went out for a quick paddle on Mattox Creek.

Saturday, March 27, 2021
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  • An abandoned sailboat in Mattox Creek. Anyone want to claim it as a fixer uppper?
  • Just enjoying a perfect day.

The day started out with very little wind then picked up nicley.  Spent just under 3 hours sailing out to the Potomac then around Mattox Creek.

Friday, March 26, 2021
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  • Arrr, a strong westerly breeze kept my sail close to shore and brief.

A strong breeze from the west kept me close to shore on Mattox Creek.  I played it safe and didn't unfurl the jib.

Sunday, March 14, 2021
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A beautiful Sunday monring with a very slight breeze so I decided to take a quick sail around Mattox Creek before the wind picks up to the preidicted 20 MPH with gusts to 40 MPH.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
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  • Loving my new tiller clutch. If you don’t have one I highly recommend getting one.
  • The Osprey’s have arrived at Maddox Creek which means spring is just around the corner.

Days like this one is the reason I fell in love with sailing.  Gentle but steady breeze, the sound of the water lapping at my hull, just peace and solitude!

Sunday, March 7, 2021
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1 day
  • The figure 8 reef.

I was very optimistic about spending day 3 on the water.  It was still pretty chilly with temperatures in the 40’s but the winds were much gentler than the day before.  I motored out to raise the sail and guess what?  I inadvertently reefed my sail with a newly discovered figure 8 reef.  I sheepishly motored back to my dock, put Bente back on the lift, and removed the twists from the sail.  Went back to the house, enjoyed a Mt Gay and had a good chuckle. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021
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  • Too windy to raise the sails.
  • Bente, safely back on the lift.

I got my Precision 15K named Bente, (pronounced Ben-ta, a Danish girl’s name meaning blessed), ready for the season which entailed putting the boom back on, loading safety equipment, (anchor, handheld radio, etc.) back on board, and made sure my Tohatsu 3.5 HP outboard started.  I got out okay under power but had second thoughts about raising the sails as winds gusts were up to 20 mph.  I decided to play it safe and just motor around Mattox creek for a bit.  Even without the sails it was a bit of a challenge getting Bente back into the slip.

Sunday, January 17, 2021
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  • Launching from our beach on Mattox Creek.
  • Paddling on Mattox Creek on a chilly January morning.
  • Paddling on Mattox Creek on a chilly January morning.

SpinSheet's Century Club’s Happy Hour on January 15th inspired me to try to join the club.  It’s a little too early in the season to put my Precision 15 in the water so I decided to go out for a short paddle in my kayak on a chilly, 41-degree January Day.

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