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Dickerson Rendezvous

Oxford MD
2004.06.19

Friday, June 18, 2004, 10:00 pm. After a brutally hot day, it has finally cooled off. Bruce, Bryan and myself are preparing to depart Cambridge Municipal Marina. We'll be sailing aboard Hemisphere Dancer, heading for our 6th outing together at the annual Dickerson Rendezvous. A trip reportage will be coming shortly. (inside jokage, which will hopefully be made clearage when Bruce sends a tripage reportage.)

Trip Report by Bruce Franz

After a very hot day, Bruce Franz, Tim Fuhrmann, and Bryan Twigg shoved off from Cambridge aboard "Hemisphere Dancer" at 2200, Friday, June 18, 2004. We had just returned by car from the "Captain's Party" in Oxford, and we were returning by boat for the Race on Saturday. The breeze was cool, steady, and out of the NW.


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We passed a commercial tug going the upriver, but had the Choptank to ourselves after that. We leisurely tacked down the river and caught up on old yarns, and discussed the abuses of the English language (see below). At 0100, Sat., we dropped anchor off Bachelor's Point, "shot the breeze" for another hour, then settled in for a few hours rest.


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The night was peaceful and the winds about 10-12 from WNW. Reveille was 0630 with coffee and a hearty breakfast. We weighed anchor at 0900 and joined the other Dickersons headed for the starting line at nun #14. Blowing 10-15 from the NW, all canvas was hoisted and the dancing began.


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Sailed past the Committee Boat, "Starry Night", at 7 knots, we went to the starboard end of the line, tacked, and followed 3 boats. With no one to leeward, we had a free ride to the start. At the gun, we hardened up, pushed through the lee of one boat, and never looked back. "Hemisphere Dancer" stretched her legs at 6- 7 knots while pulling away slowly. At the weather mark, we eased the sheets, and reached down for the next two marks. The longer we ran downwind, the bigger our lead grew.


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At the leeward mark, we covered the fleet as we tacked upwind. At the 2nd.weather mark, the tide had turned in our favor, so at the Finish Line, our lead over the second place boat had increased to 15 min. 32 sec!


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Good sailing, good crew work, and good luck carried us to the win before we literally tore the winches off their blocks; with inches to spare, "Hemisphere Dancer" has made it back to the yard for repairs and will live to fight another day. My thanks to Tim & Bryan for providing the brains and muscle for the win.

Bruce


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So what is this need to "dumb down?" Why do we need "signage"? What is lacking in the words sign and signs? What is the difference between the definition of "signs" and "signage"? Signage is just sewage. And unique, there's another one. When something is unique, it is all alone in its category. There cannot be "more unique", or "most unique". "Irregardless" is wrong; it's "regardless", use it! What's even worse, is that when I spell checked this, it didn't stop on Irregardless! Grrrrr. How about "trialing" something? No, we can test something, or put it through a trial period, but we are not "trialing" anything! And, "more importantly" is wrong! That's a double adverb! It's "more important"!


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