Hospice fun & filling the cup!

Now a Catalina 30 outfitted for cruising is not your typical race boat. That said, normally once a year, usually at the Hospice Cup, she gets a chance to stretch! This is the year.

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Hospice3Heading for the start

One of 36 boats in the Hospice Class (i.e. we’re most of us non-racers), with a high handicap (PHRF 198) we got the early start in a pursuit style race. That is, the slow boats go out first and other faster boats likely pass us on the way to the finish line. The day began cloudy, but cleared and warmed turning it into a beautiful day to be on the water. Over eighty boats were participating the the Hospice races, and many others were out to watch or simply sail.

Hospice2The fleet behind us

On the down side, the predicted winds were right on – less than 10kts. In fact, mostly what we had were in the 4-6kt range. The start and the first legs across the Bay were on a reach and, while slow (4-5kts) we were at least moving in the right direction. Turning on the far mark set the fleet directly into the wind – the beginning of the end! After several upwind tacks we were approaching the turn for home when the winds died. We were then drifting in the wrong direction with the incoming tide — enough, and with a call to the race committee we reported us as DNF.

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Disappointing as it was as a race, we had plenty of other DNF company, and the after party was terrific! Moreover, it was a great success for Hospice with over $30K in donations for that great cause.

 

 

 

A brief post-Summer look back

Sometime in July I passed the 100 days on the water mark, which included the 48 days it took to come back up the ICW from Key West. But still, a lot of good time in the Bay this Summer – and sailing season isn’t over just yet!

Stopped at Pirates Cove and a Singles on Sailboats gathering in April on the way home, then a cruise in May to the MD DNR camp in the Wye River.

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Had a fun weekend with a grandson who’s learning the ropes pretty quick….

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Then there was the sail with friends in the Annapolis Sailors’ Club to St Michaels, and a treat to see the rigging of the log canoes..

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Lots of sailing in between, but just this past weekend it was great to combine a sail to the Choptank for a wedding of two good friends – and what a great two-day party!

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….including the roast pig!   That’s the one on the left…..the other one is Mike the super chef!

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Still plenty more sailing before winter sets in — sadly, no trip south this year.  Stay tuned for the SSCA GAM, the SOS Chili cruise and other assorted adventures……..