I have been to one Downrigging Weekend, above, which included steady rain, high winds and ice on the boom tent in the morning. The following year, while I was on Hatteras Island, Hurricane Sandy spun up the East Coast causing some of the Downrigging events to be canceled. I was preoccupied at the time so did not follow the event closely, but it was certainly not a weekend to be on the water in Chestertown.
So as this year's event approaches, I receive an email from the organizers about this year's coming weather.
Rain all day Friday, gusts to 48 mph, slacking to 30 mph by mid-afternoon. Sounds like an interesting day to rig and launch Spartina. I had planned on leaving here at 4:30 a.m., reaching Chestertown late morning and being on the water by noon. I may reset my alarm to wake a bit later. We'll see. This forecast is of course four days out so it may in fact change.