Saturday, October 11, 2014

downrigging 2014


I'm very happy to see Spartina listed again this year in the Sultana Downrigging Weekend brochure.  This will be our third year at the event, missing only the 2012 "Hurricane Sandy" weekend, where I didn't really miss anything because of the late season storm.  


The last couple of Downriggings Spartina has been tied up on the Canon Street Pier.  This year event organizer Drew McMullen ask if I would mind moving over to a Chestertown Marina slip to make way for the catboat Silent Maid.  No problem I said, who wouldn't want to make way for such a beautiful boat.  Heading out for a sail on the Chester River, which I do a couple of times each day during the festival, I will pass between the tall ships Sultana and Pride of Baltimore II.  Very cool. 

I've marked the new slip in the map above.   And I've also marked the prime spot at the foot of High Street where the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's skipjack Rosie Parks will be tied up.  It was during last year's Downrigging Weekend at the Rosie Parks was relaunched.  It will be nice to see her up her with the tall ships and classic bay boats.

Below are some photographs from last year's event.  I can't wait for this year's, which is scheduled in Chestertown for Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.













6 comments:

Lorenzo B said...

Steve, congratulations. It is a true honor to be invited to partake among such noble peers. BTW new bowsprit to bring the boat's length to 25 feet? Wink wink

Steve said...

Lorenzo,

you would be surprised. Tip of the bow sprit to the aft end of the boomkin is 24'+. With Downrigging they use the LOA when figuring out which boats fit at which docks, so I use the actual LOA. In the write-up on their website I fess up to a length on deck of 17' 4".

steve

Baydog said...

Steve, will you be there on Friday? This just may be a great opportunity for me to sail on Spartina.

Steve said...

Spartina should be in the water about noon or a little after. Or possibly even Thursday pm. Will know better that week. There's a spot on the boat for you.

steve

Bill said...

Do you plan on overnighting on the boat? Out at anchor, or at the dock? Or will you get a room in town?

I'd love to make it back up there again - I still have a great shot of us in Spartina as my desktop background on my laptop. It was a bit cold that time, though...

Steve said...

My wife and one daughter are joining me, so will get a hotel room.

It was cold that year...

steve