We sailed past the schooner Virginia Saturday as her crew of volunteers, along with deckhands from the American Rover and Harvey Gamage (schooner crews tend to help out other schooner crews), brought down the booms, gaffs and topmasts for the winter season. She'll be put under a cover soon, though I expect work will continue on board throughout the winter. Her spars will be taken to the nearby cruise center where they will be stripped down and varnished.
I wonder how much more sailing I will get in this year. Last year was unusually warm and I sailed through the winter into the spring. I hope for at least another sail or two, maybe get in one early in December. No major maintenance is planned for Spartina this winter, so she - and I - are ready to go.