There was a sail boat regatta on Sunday. A friend on the committee boat invited SPARTINA to join in for the afternoon series of short races. I declined, offering instead to serve as the spectator fleet, a fleet of one.
Wonderful winter sailing today and yesterday. Temperatures of about 50 degrees yesterday and steady winds out of the northwest NW, building to the point that I tied in a reef late afternoon.
With another day off I left the boat down on the very quiet Norfolk waterfront.
Colder and winder than forecast this morning, winds coming out of the east with a nearby weather station showing gusts approaching 20. That is out of my range for typical winter sailing so I raised just mizzen and jib. Even with the two smaller sails I was making 4+ kts.
An interesting boat came through on her way to the shipyards. I believe the to be the CITY OF BISMARCK, an expeditionary fast transport ship operated by the Military Sealift Command.
Slate grey skies gave way to sunshine mid-morning which warmed things up a bit. The drysuit, worn over good quality thermals and a wool sweater, served me well. I have received a few emails asking about the drysuit. I am not advocating winter sailing with the suit, just sharing my experience. If I were to advocate anything it would be the advice of my Coast Guard friends: water temperature below 50 degrees, stay off the water in small boats.