Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Two bells rang aboard the schooner Virginia this morning just as reveille was played across the river at the old Navy hospital.  In a light breeze flags were raised on both Hospital Point and the Virginia.  It was a nice relaxing walk along the waterfront this morning. 

Early mornings this time of year are cool and comfortable.  Around 8 a.m., reveille, heat and humidity make their presence known.  I don't mind it, in fact I kind of enjoy it.

It was quiet along the Elizabeth.  A few people out for their morning walks.  The crew was stirring aboard the Virginia.  The SailNauticus boats were tied to the pier, their after-school sailing season coming to a close and the all-day summer camp season about to begin.  I look forward to hearing the screams from the boats the the kids aboard for the first time feel the hull heeling in a southwesterly breeze.

I had planned to sail this coming Sunday, but now realize it is HarborFest weekend - the big waterfront party for our area that marks the beginning of our summer season.  Parts of the river are shut down during the festival for races and demonstrations, and small sailboats can get in the way.  The forecast is excellent.  Maybe I'll sneak out on the water early Sunday morning for a few hours, maybe not.  We'll see.

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