Perfect morning for kayaking. Kayaked over the sunken sailboat.
Century Club: Alan Batcheller
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/
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.
Just a wonderful day to go out sailing.
Went out for about 1 1/2 hours and covered about 1 1/5 miles. Still great to be on the water.
A 2:00 PM meeting got changed to 10:00 AM hence only had time for a quick Kayak this morning. Overcast skies.
Overcast morning with not much wind until I past DM 5/6 then the wind picked up enough to have some fun.
Conditions were perfect for a two-hour sail around Mattox Creek this morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The weather looked a little ominous, but I was able to get in a quick sail just before the rain came.
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!
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.
Another terrific day on the water. Stiff breeze but Karen and I felt comfortable sailing in it.
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.
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.
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.
Went out around 6:45 AM for a morning paddle on Mattox Creek before the remnants of Hurricane Ida come our way.
Not much wind today but it was still nice to get out on the water.
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.
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.
Nice afternoon sail around Mattox Creek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another near perfect day sailing on the Potomac. Went east for a change. I’m definitely getting more confidence in my sailing ability.
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.
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.
Spent about 2 hours sailing around Mattox Creek.
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.
The cracked hull on my sailboat has been fixed and I motored it to our pier from Stepp's Marina.
The scenery was breathtaking kayaking on a lake in Cluster Gallatin National Forest. Unfortunately I’m not able to upload some spectacular pictures.
Back in Colonial Beach after spending a few days at Smith Mountain Lake. Nice paddle on Mattox Creek.
Another nice boat ride on Smith Mountain Lake. Thank you Don!
A nice powerboat ride on Smith Mountain Lake compliments of my friend Don.
A quick paddle on Mattox Creek.
Paddling around Mattox Creek
I forgot to bring my camera with us but we did a Sunday monring paddle on Mattox Creek.
Actually more working that playing today. Took my kayack out to work on my boat lift while my Precision is getting repaired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I saw a total of 7 sailboats on the Potomac but unable to take a picture to capture them all.
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.
Way too much chop on the Potomac so I stayed in Mattox Creek today. Had a terrific morning sailing.
Sunfish Sail on Pamlico Sound NC
Nice ferry ride to and from Ocracoke Island from Cape Hatteras.
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.
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.
Yet another near perfect day for sailing out to the Potomac.
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.
Another fun day around Mattox Creek. WInd picked up considerably so I stayed close to home.
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.
Karen and I got some exercise this beautiful Sunday morning by kayaking around Mattox Creek.
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.
An absolutely perfect 7 knot breeze from the southwest enabled me to scoot back and forth our section of Mattox Creek.
Third day in a row with perfect sailing conditions around Mattox Creek.
Temperature in the low 80's, steady wind, what more could I ask for.
Nice westerly wind of perhaps 7 knots with gusts to 15. Perfect wind conditions to practice my tacking.
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 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.
Took a morning sail past Stepp's Marinia.
Great day for a sail to Alexandra Graham Bell's Bell House in Colonial Beach, VA
Not much wind today but had a fun sail around Mattox Creek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another day that was too windy to sail so I did a little paddling instead.
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.
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.
Way too windy to go out sailing this morning but I was able to go out for a quick paddle in my kayak.
I was able to get a Sunday morning sail in before the wind got too gusty.
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.
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.
A morning sail around Mattox Creek.
Lucky day # 13 was a continuation of day 12. Near perfect weather with just the right amount of wind.
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!
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.
A nice, mellow morning paddle to Stepp’s Marina for day # 10.
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.
They were calling for rain and high winds on Sunday so I just went out for a quick paddle on Mattox Creek.
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.
A strong breeze from the west kept me close to shore on Mattox Creek. I played it safe and didn't unfurl the jib.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.