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Summer doldrums

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The doldrums is a colloquial expression derived from historical maritime usage, in which it refers to those parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone, a low-pressure area around the equator where the prevailing winds are calm… …….. The doldrums are also noted for calm periods when the winds disappear altogether, trapping sail-powered boats for periods of days or weeks. The term appears to have arisen in the 18th century – when cross-Equator sailing voyages became more common.

Colloquially, the “doldrums” are a state of inactivity, mild depression, listlessness or stagnation.[1]


More to the point, at least here in the Chesapeake, it means light to non-existent winds, hot and humid. The variable winds and weather of Spring are gone, and finding fresh winds for sailing is a bit more challenging. Weekend club cruises become fewer, and day sails dodge the pop up thunderstorms. That said, any time on the water is good ……

And, a warm summer evening in the cockpit, anchored in a quiet and mostly empty lagoon, with your favorite beverage is hard to beat.

A Work in Progress

A pleasant evening on Bodkin Creek

A pleasant evening on Bodkin Creek








Calms continue even in September. The last Hospice Cup race began and ended with boats drifting about aimlessly, and most crew in the water swimming to beat the heat. I’m hoping for a better day this year.

With Sailstice behind us,  beginning with the July 4th celebrations and cruise, I’m looking forward to as much summer sailing as I can find.











It’s already been a busy year beginning with the return from the Florida Keys in March/April. I’m well on my way to meeting the Spinsheet Century Challenge – 100 days on the water – with only about 10 days to go. Lots more club cruises on the calendar, as well as opportunities to grab for a day or so when the winds blow.

For all my sailing friends, here’s hoping you find time and wind to enjoy!

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