On a day like today, if a feller had a sailboat, he bloody well ought to go sailing, don't you think?
June 28 Race Pics
June 29, 2000. As part of OPSAIL 2000, the tall ships left Baltimore's Inner Harbor bound for New York City, for a July 4 Millennium celebration. Personally, I can't understand why everyone who owns a sailboat wasn't on the bay.
It is after all, simply a matter of priorities and discovering what is good and worthwhile and important in one's life.
For me, that means Sailing. Preferably sailing with family and friends. June 29, was an outstanding outing. Good Family, Good Sailing, Good friends, Good times.
For this trip, The Write Byte's crew included Dave Taylor, Bryan Twigg, Bryan Twigg Jr., Terry, Rebecca and myself. We left the dock at 1230 after a good lunch. The Choptank was deathly still and you probably know how much I hate motoring. But, my goal was to be at the CR buoy off Sharp's Island Light by 1600, knowing that the biggest, fastest ships could be there by then. So, I relented and we motored out the Choptank. We arrived at CR Buoy at 1545 and we sighted our first Tall Ship, the Simon Bolivar about 1615. Typical of the bay, the winds started perking up about 1600 and we had a lovely afternoon and evening chasing ships, putting on over 40 miles in the process and finally getting us over the 4,000 nm mile mark in our travels aboard The Write Byte.
We had an excellent time including two squalls. (Bryan Jr. has gained a little salty experience and no longer worries about storms while sailing.) The first squall about 1800 treated us to heavy rain and gusts into the low 30s. The second about 2230 showed us a little rain with gusts into the mid 40s. At one point, we were surfing up the Choptank River, showing 7.5 kts on a beam reach with just a single reefed main. What a glorious Time!! All in all, if you weren't out there, you missed a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some wonderful ships, do some outstanding sailing and experience a wide range of sailing pleasures. Everyone aboard had an excellent time and we especially rue the fact that Susan Twigg declined to join us for this unique experience despite our sincerest efforts to encourage her for this truly wonderful outing... We got up close and personal with 6 ships and sighted a 7th on the horizon before we had to head back up the Choptank in time to be back by midnight.