I didn’t know how perfect the conditions were until we were on the bay. Southeast winds 10-15, temperature 75-80 degrees. It couldn’t have been a better day.
We got on the water about 1515 after church and lunch out with friends. We close-reached east for about 5 nautical miles before turning around.
On our way back we passed the fish trap pictured above, just in time to see an osprey dive on a fish and struggle back into the air with it. If you click the photo to enlarge it, you can see that about half the birds on those posts are osprey.
There was a fair amount of sailboat traffic, even late in the afternoon. The wind strength was just on the edge of calling for a reef in the sails. Although we weren’t overpowered, I did need to maintain a fairly strong grip on the helm.
We returned to the pier at about 1745, having sailing more than 10 nautical miles. Fantastic 2.5 hours.