Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Tomorrow I'll finish up the painting, which is mostly touch up painting. Monday I'll get the boat back on the trailer. Tuesday shows a good forecast for washing the sails then bending them onto the spars.
About half the food is packed, 16 breakfasts and lunches in one-gallon bags, then a dozen each of canned tuna, RX Bars and meat bars are vacuum-packed for the second half of the fall sail. As friend Curt says "cans of tuna make for good ballast."
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Final project will be washing the sails. They have been exposed to the elements quite a bit this year and I want to clean them up a bit.
It all means a few weeks off the water, longer than I would like. Next time I launch it will be in Cambridge for the fall cruise.
Sunday, August 14, 2022
A special delight was seeing a schooner come out of the southern branch and turn west onto the main branch of the Elizabeth River. Those two masts looked familiar and as she turned towards me I recognized her as the scow schooner NINA out of Baltimore. (You can read about this interesting vessel here at TownDock.) We sailed along side each other for a while, each boat taking photographs of the other. Compliments were exchanged and I reminded the couple on board that we had passed each other on a canal in North Carolina a couple of years ago. "I remember that!" said the woman on board. I wished them a safe journey as they headed downriver.
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Absolutely beautiful fall-like conditions for the last sail of the summer. Steady north wind gusting to the high teens, cool dry air that peaked in the low 80s. Just a wonderful sail. I may go out again tomorrow but from the forecast that is more likely to be a drift instead of a sail. We'll see.
SPARTINA comes home on Monday for a couple weeks of much needed maintenance. Then some travel, then the fall sail will begin in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore late September. Can't wait.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
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?