Tuesday, October 6, 2015

a couple photos from the GoPro

Still sorting gear, downloading photos.  Above is the day
we headed into Tilghman Island with some rough weather on 
the way, below is dropping the main outside of the Little
Annemessex after finding strong wind and big waves, each
coming from a different direction.


Back from Hatteras where wind and waves and sometimes questionable judgement (above) were the only problems.  Some over wash from the ocean occurred, but that is not uncommon for the Outer Banks.  It's back to unpacking Spartina and cleaning of gear, which I didn't get a chance to do before heading south for the storm.  Now that I get to reflect on the 12 days of sailing, it was a great trip.  Hope to start the logs in a few days.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

the route

Here's the route from Garmin's HomePort software, a little bit overt 300 statute miles.  I lost two and one-half days to weather.  There were seven or eight days of small craft warnings as a stationary low hung off the Carolina coast.  It retrospect, with more typical weather I would have made it all the way to the top of the bay and then back to St. Michaels.  Good trip.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

home, briefly

Back home after a great couple of weeks.  Twelve days on the water, 300+ miles, with some really interesting weather.  It was either seven or eight days with small craft warnings generated by a stationary low off the Carolinas.  Lots of waves and strong winds out of the northeast.  One day without small craft warnings had gusts in the 30 mile per hour range.

Weather unfortunately cancelled the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels.  The crew at the museum was great helping me get Spartina set up for the weather while I retrieved the jeep and trailer from Cape Charles, all while they were preparing for the effects of a hurricane.  

Speaking of hurricanes, I'm packing my bags to head down to Hatteras tomorrow to see what Joaquin does.  Hopefully not much.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

the forecast

Tilghman Island Country Store. They had a wine tasting last night, very nice. They also have an excellent deli and I'll walk there for lunch today.

Weathermap+ says winds will be out of the NE tomorrow at 15, swinging to the east by late morning. Perfect for a sail up to Kent Island.

Friday, September 25, 2015

safe harbor


The sail flow forecast in the previous post is probably towards the high end, but none the less it will be an interesting weekend of weather. "Disturbed weather" is what I heard over the radio this morning leaving out of Plaindealing Creek.

It's been a great trip. Not much wind the first couple of days, then five out of the next six days had small craft warnings. The one day without warnings, yesterday, had gusts to 35 mph out on the Choptank.

Highlights so far include some great sailing, soft shell crab sandwich at Tangier Island, an afternoon swim in Cod Harbor and an oyster farmer who gave me a bunch of oysters and wouldn't take any money. People are nice.