Sunday, August 7, 2022
Friday, August 5, 2022
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
This morning Pilotonline.com published this image of a waterspout over Pamlico Sound near Ocracoke Island. Just spectacular. It was made by Casey Robinson, an Ocracoke school teacher who photographs under the name Actively Awkward Photography. What more can you say about a perfect image?
Sunday, July 31, 2022
After the haul out the Pilgrim and I have some travel plans. And when we return from that it will be time for the fall sail on Chesapeake Bay. I found myself trying to remember last year's fall sail, the fall fest 544, 28 days of sailing and then another week on the Chestertown waterfront for the annual Chestertown Downrigging Festival. The photo above is from the first day of the sail, 32 nautical miles from Cambridge to Warehouse Creek, a favorite anchorage. The morning began with light wind but once through Knapp's Narrows it filled in and we made at times over five knots under just mizzen and jib.
It has been an excellent summer of sailing, one of the best for SPARTINA I think. I am looking forward to the cool, dry winds of fall.
P.S. I had forgotten, until I looked at the log, that we had sailed 455 miles on the trip. That cruise, combined with the 400 miles Sea Islands sail, makes for nearly 1,000 miles of cruising this past fall and winter. Not bad for a little wooden boat built in the garage.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Disappointing news for cruising provisions today as I found that TANKA Buffalo Meat with Cranberries Bars are no longer available. These have been a standard part of my cruising meals for many years, the "steak" part of my steak and eggs breakfast (the eggs being egg white based RXBARS).
This is crushing news to me. There are other meat bars out there, mainly the EPIC brand, but the EPIC bars always seem a bit dry to me.
TANKA bars were produced by the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Above is a screen shot from their website which is no longer active. I did find some food industry trade publications that mentioned growth for TANKA bars that exceeded their production capabilities, plus competition from larger corporate producers.
It is a shame. I liked the bars and I liked the idea of traditional Native American foods being made available to the public. Excellent for camping, I think I first came across the bars at REI. I searched through my cabinet and found enough bars in vacuum sealed bags to get me through the fall cruise. Will have to find something else for the winter sail down south.
Hot, hot, hot today. Debating if I should head out for an evening sail. Or wait for cooler temperatures tomorrow morning. Or maybe both.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Late this morning I saw a boat with the mainsail up coming down the southern branch of the Elizabeth River. To have a sail raised on that stretch of water, sailing between the shipyards that line the river and accompanying security boats, is very unusual. I don't think I have ever seen it down before. I sailed past them where the southern branch opens to the main river. The boat was WATER BEAR out of Annapolis, Maryland. A Westsail 32 I believe. Maybe headed home from a winter down south. How nice.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
It was a slow drift. Better winds expected this evening.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
I think next spring, instead of heading south to Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, I'll make the two hour drive north and spend some time exploring the Rappahannock River and nearby waters. Should be fun. Spring on the Bay. Can anyone say "soft-shell crabs"?