27 days and counting….

The sun may be shinning, but there’s still a bite to the cold wind – a reminder that winter isn’t done with us just yet.  On the other hand, crocuses and daffodils are poking green leaves up through the leaf litter.  Official Spring is now just 27 days away, and long range weather forecasts have fewer below freezing temps!  While a late season storm crosses the country, as an optimist, I choose to believe the worst is behind us and sailing season is almost here………. Those who were fortunate enough to have sailed south for the winter may begin thinking about the return trip.

Winter seminars are giving way to boat-centric events, planning meetings and crew parties. The calendar is filling up with all such gatherings. Firm dates are set for boat preparation:  re-fitting sails, servicing the engine, general cleaning and organizing.  Slipping dock lines and raising sails isn’t far off now – and the cycle repeats……..

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Watching the weather to take advantage of those first warm days!

DelMarVa Off Shore

A pleasant day heading down the DelMarVa coast June of 2011 …..

Sadly, a steady headwind prevented a quieter sail. None-the-less, it was a great ride and looking forward to another trip around this year. We’re expecting more boats, and hoping for more cooperative winds! Information meetings are underway and boats are already registering. Info about the Sailstice DelMarVa Rally can be found at http://www.delmarvarally.com/

Off shore from Ocean City

Off shore from Ocean City

So , sign up and join us for a great experience – a bit over 400nm of terrific sailing experience and camaraderie with fellow sailors!

Did I mention great parties too?!IMG_0418

 

 

Bay Progress

The Chesapeake Bay Program released the Bay Barometer report the end of January giving a mixed review.  Progress needs to be recognized while understanding that persistence and new efforts will be needed to stay on a positive restoration track. The report is a science-based snapshot of a range of health indicators. Bay Barometer: Bay impaired, but signs of resilience abound

For more information on the Bay and restoration programs follow the link… http://www.chesapeakebay.net/