Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday was a perfect day on the water. Steady breezes and comfortable temperatures. As soon as I got out on the river I saw one of my favorite tall ships, the Pride of Baltimore II, tied up on the Portsmouth waterfront.
The Pride comes to our area each Spring as they rig for the coming season. Apparently we've got one of the few boatyards on the coast that can handle a ship her size. Last year they tied up for rigging on the Norfolk waterfront, you can see some photographs of her here. This time she was across the river in Portsmouth.
The last time I was on the water with the Pride was during the very chilly downrigging weekend in Chestertown. You can read about that adventure here. It was good to see her while sailing in comfortable temperatures for a change.
A few snowbirds passed through, a nice ketch from Rhode Island, some catamarans and a big ocean cruiser from Oslo, Norway with the interesting name of "Steve Cooling, Jr". And a handful of local boats, like the sloop below coming out of Scotts Creek, were out on the river too.
I found I am getting more comfortable with the new gps. And I was pleased to see that the adjustments I made to the rigging - altering the mizzen lazy jacks and downhaul - worked very well.
I think we are off to a nice season on the water.