Monday, August 29, 2016

4 days, 3 nights

It sounds like a short vacation, and maybe it really was.

Three day weekend and I skipped out early on the last day of work, had Spartina in the water by 4:30 and sails up by five for a beautiful sail until after the sun went down.

Then another evening sail the next day, followed by day sails the two following days.  A little warm, yes (it is summer), but a great breeze and had a wonderful time.

Excellent wind, dolphins, friends on the water.  Just a great weekend.  Wish they were all like that.  With all that time on the water I feel like I'm in good shape for the fall cruise.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Webb arrived in South Africa yesterday after a "hard passage" and a 50 knot gale on the nose as he approached the coast.  Can't wait to read the passage log.

  Here is a nice story from the local paper.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

once more with feeling

It looks once again like Webb is headed into Durban.  Ken, who seems to have been watching the local weather closely, has a possible explanation.  From Ken...

It was interesting watching his track and seeing the predicted winds develop and then watch him run off before the small gale while heading out to get some sea room. Now he is able to turn back, it looked like the worst weather he encountered on the trip. He is truly amazing to follow.

Monday, August 22, 2016

off the coast

Webb did not make it in yesterday.  His most recent Yellowbrick track shows he approached the coast then turned back, most likely waiting on daylight to come into port.  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

almost in, no sailing, no pitching, worth watching

Webb Chiles is almost in, or possibly he is already arrived in South Africa, his Yellowbrick track won't post his current position for a few  more hours.  I have to wonder if that little jog to the south in the track above was his waiting for daylight to make his approach to the coast.

No sailing this weekend, which is a shame because the weather would have made for some great sailing, particularly on Saturday.  But Brook from the American Rover did send me the photo above from a week earlier when we passed each other on the Elizabeth River.  A nice photo to add to the scrapbook.  It's good to have friends that I see out on the water.

No sailing as I was up in Charm City with my daughter to watch an O's game.  No pitching at all from the O's in the 12-2 loss to the Astros.  O's went through so many pitchers they finally had a utility infielder pitching in the 9th inning.  But a fun time none-the-less, always enjoy visiting Baltimore and always enjoy spending time with the daughter.

On the storm front 99L and 90L are worth watching, each having a chance of turning into tropical depressions.....and more.  Hurricane season, that time of year.