I was surprised to see the lot nearly empty at the ramp in Betsy town yesterday morning. Cool in the early morning hours with a forecast of clear skies and temperatures warming to the low 60s. I was also pleased to see that there were no "ramp rangers" (I'll credit Clark with that perfectly descriptive term) on site to give me grief. I usually take my time rigging SPARTINA but I rushed because I wanted to get out on the water as quick as I could.
Steady, stiff breeze out of the Southeast, coming right up the river. I slipped on my mango drysuit for what I imagine will be the last time this spring. The drysuit and thermals were perfect for the cool morning. I made long tacks back and forth down the river, going past Forbes Bay, Cobb Point and sailing into near Treasure Point. Late morning I saw a sailboat out on the river, such a perfect day and only two of us out there. I don't get it. I won't complain, the solitude was perfect.
The drysuit has proven to be a good investment. I will take it along on the cruises with me for those rain-all-day events, which have occurred more often than I like. As for cold weather sailing, it got me out on the water routinely in December, January, February and March. My best winter sailing ever.
Still touching up the bright work. I may paint the hull this week. I want SPARTINA to look good for the summer season, which will be here before we know it.