Sean is visiting and I finally got some intensive sailing in, this week. Had a great run down the bay, yesterday. Departed Little Choptank about noon in light NW breezes. We popped up the spinnaker and ghosted along at about 1.8 - 2.5 kts. Temps about 75, it was a beautiful day to be on the water with your son. Just when it was looking like it was going to die and become a looong day on the water, the wind kicked up a bit...
About that time, I noticed a 42' ketch that had snuck up behind us motorsailing and was preparing to pass us. When the wind kicked up, we took off like we had afterburners on. This is important because in the video I ask where the boat is and Sean gets a shot of said boat, now on the distant horizon.
It's a five meg download and takes a while to download, but if you've never been aboard my boat doing a 7.5 kt spinnaker run, it's a treat.
Sean took these shots from the top of the mast. Had some regular and unscheduled maintenance to do and Sean volunteered to go up.
The Boy. Sean fixed my windex which had previously been installed on an extension tube. Said tube had begun to rotate and the windex tilted. He also replaced the anchor light which had been notorious for not working when needed. Worked fine on our trip.
More shots from the top of the mast and a ship we saw on our way out.
Bliss comes easy when at sea. We visited Cherry Island. The buildings on Cherry Island were built in the early 1900s by the Dupont family as their retreat compound.
As I mentioned above, we had an awesome spinnaker Run, coming down the bay on Monday, the 7th of October.
Sean at the helm.
Sean, Calvert Cliffs and the Spinnaker drying after a bath in the hot tub. (freshly filled tub, sans chlorine.) The chute had gotten wet a couple of times over the last few years and I hadn't had her properly washed. This time out, she got drenched in salt water, completely submerged, even. So, we gave her a fresh water bath to rinse out the salt. Here, she's drying on the deck.
Our Good Friend Bruce Franz left aboard Hemisphere Dancer for Florida, today (October 10). Bruce and John Zimmerman will be cruising the Florida Keys this winter on Bruce's first long distance cruise. We sailed up toward the Choptank to meet them and come down to Solomons with them. After a spectacular sail, a wonderful meal with outstanding company, we sent them on their way and wished them well. Only just a little jealous of their adventure. Bruce's Spinnaker looks great!