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An Extended Sail……..

Not a better place to be in mid-May than on the water!
The SOS club sponsors an extended cruise each year. This year’s began on May 21st with a run from home slip on Back
Creek to the Wye River for a great evening party with other club friends who had sailed from several other marinas or driven over for the fun.
We faced a week’s forecast of light to moderate South winds with possible thunderstorms. Good news is we weren’t always sailing south J, and only one storm materialized and we missed it – or vice versa….
Over the course of the week we made stops in Wye River at the MD DNR camp, on to Fishing Creek off the Little Choptank, then to Solomons at Spring Cove Marina with a shower and meal ashore then to Crisfield via Kedges Straight (and a major battle with biting flies L ). Coming back north we made a second stop at Solomons and then to Herrington South and Harness Creek off South River — Great sailing conditions. A quick stop at Back Creek to drop off crew, then we continued on over the Memorial Day weekend to Aberdeen Creek on the Magothy River and back home on Monday – a total of about 250nm.
At least three days provided exceptional sailing, with long runs around 6kts or better. We topped out on one run at 7.4kts – good wind and capable crew!
The ten days was a terrific test of boat and stamina in preparation for the Sailstice Rally in June around the DelMarVa peninsula – more then.


Shakedown Cruise

Saturday/Sunday (4/30-5/1) was the first weekend cruise of the season to Eagle Cove behind Gibson Island. Fourteen boats made the cruise and formed a circle raft. Great work by the raft captain to manage boats of various sizes into a tight circle – sterns in.

The sail up on Saturday began with 15-20kts (gusty) from the north, making for some short sail legs north to the Bay bridge. North of the bridge our course took us straight into the wind, so motored the balance of the trip. The raft broke up about 1100 on Sunday, now with very light south winds. Managed to sail some with head sail alone, but resorted to the motor to make it all the way home. Still, all-in-all, a good trip!