August Sailing? Feels More Like September

The weather has been incredible this summer here in Maryland – very moderate temperatures all summer.  We’ve run our central air about 15% of what seems normal.  Windows open most days, mornings in the 60s, sleeping with windows open.  It’s been just wonderful.  So has the sailing. Breezier than normal, but not too much wind.  Moderate days in the sun, instead of the usual swelter we get in July and August.  Today was a perfect example.  Temps in the low 80s, humidity about 80%, SW winds 10-12 knots.

I pushed out into the bay at 1630 today, thinking that I was going to need a reef when I got out there. But no – the SW breeze funneled up the creek with increased velocity, but out on the bay there was no tunnel effect, as on the creek.  Just beautiful sailing, perfectly in control with speeds ranging 4 – 5.5 knots.  There were plenty of sailboats out today, but since it was later in the afternoon on a Sunday, it seemed like most of the power boaters were already back in their slip.  Consequently, the residual chop they leave was gone too.  Smooth sailing. . .

Blue skies, bluer water

Blue skies, bluer water

We crossed Herring Bay several times, imagined fake races with other sailboats – all of which would have bested me in my fat, heavy cruising boat – but mostly enjoyed the sound of water and wind, working the ship as required, keeping her in the groove for any given trim of the sails.  I didn’t even turn on the music.  The sound of sailing was perfect accompaniment for me today.

Finally I made for the channel, dropped the sails, and began to motor up the creek.  Part way up the creek, before the first bend, I heard a whining noise.  When I looked back, identifying the source of the sound, I saw a red dual-hulled speed boat blasting toward the jetty entrance.  They slowed down, but not as slow as I was going.  They approached quickly, and I saw that this was a 60-70 foot long jet turbine-powered speed boat.  Perhaps they couldn’t go slow enough to keep from passing me.  They passed on the right, pushing me toward the left side of the channel.  I looked over and lifted my hands with a shrug, as if to say “what are you doing?”  One guy in back gestured toward the waterfront restaurant on the right after the turn, and they did indeed moor there.  I passed them in turn as they slowed to park.  I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt – they couldn’t go any slower, and had to pass or bump into my transom.  Made for a nervous few minutes, though.

Here's a camera/phone image I caught of the same boat the next day

Here’s a camera/phone image I caught of the same boat the next day

Alone again on the creek, we motor up to the slip, and managed to back in on the second pass.  I still have trouble calculating the effect of wind and current as it affects prop walk and momentum.

At 1900, we were tied up, turned off, covered up, and closed up.  I walked to the house.

  1. Cynthia Reuter said:

    That was a nice story! Do you have any pics of Sea of Cay under sail?

    BTW, I’m up to a couple thousand views a month now, over 6,000 overall. You were right! It builds.

    Also, your advice posts hit the most popular list. Okay, not a lot of views, yet, but how fun! I check analytics rarely for fear of getting paranoid about them.

    Thanks for sharing your posts with me! Cynthia

    • Cynthia, photos of one’s own boat under sail are hard to come by. I’ll have to work on that.

      Cool that I hit the most popular list with the how-to-own/buy/afford series.

      I look at the stats for my blog all the time. Viewership continues to build, sometimes more rapidly than others. It’s remarkable what becomes popular, and what doesn’t. Very interesting to observe what folks are interested in reading.

      So far, I’ve only gotten a couple of referrals from your site. I’d be interested to know if you’ve gotten referrals from me. I think you’ve had a couple. The stats algorithms on wordpress aren’t accurate – ball park only – so I’m not exactly sure about the referral numbers.


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