August 21, 2012

When Schooners Meet

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Schooner "Adventure" sailing towards Schooner Woodwind II in Annapolis

Schooner “Adventure” passes by as we sail out of Annapolis.

Today was a great, very light day. The wind started out very light on our first cruise with just 5 people. It was overcast and cool, and as much as we tried to sail, there was not enough wind. We took them up Back Creek. They really enjoyed it. We had a family from England and a couple from NJ/DC.

On the second cruise, the wind picked up to about 5-10 knots and the sailing was gorgeous. One of my friends from SEAmester program (3 month college semester aboard a 125-foot schooner) brought her family sailing for the first time. The wind cooperated and we sailed into the middle of the Bay.

We circle back around to Schooner "Adventure" to say hi

We circle back around to Schooner “Adventure” to say hi

The third sail…  we raise sails and are greeted by a schooner sailing straight towards us. It is  “Adventure” and they are sailing with most of their sails up. Mark sails this boat primarily in New England, but this summer he has had work done to his boat in Cambridge and is now on his way back. We race together (different boats) in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. His boat is in a different class than Woodwind, and we both tend to place very well.

Schooner "Adventure", 1926 Alden Schooner sailing in Annapolis

Schooner “Adventure”, 1926 Alden Schooner sailing in Annapolis

As we sailed to greet him, he sails to us, then he tacks back out to the Bay, and we gybe around. It was like synchronized sailing with no script. One might even say it looked like a mating dance between both schooners. We have a longer water  line and we soon pass him after a little catching up. What a great way to start the sail! We sailed into the Bay and back with cool breezes.

On the sunset sail, we sailed around the Annapolis area because of the storm line coming from the west. We saw these clouds starting to roll in about half-way through the cruise. As the clouds grew closer the wind stopped blowing. We motored up the Severn towards the dramatic clouds to see the backside of the Naval Academy. I called for the topsail (fisherman) to come down, in case the wind decided to blow strongly. Once the sail came down to the deck the wind filled in with 15 knots. We turned back to Annapolis with a very swift and lovely sail to the harbor.

No lightning, just a very cool breeze was the result of these clouds. We came in about a half hour early to the dock, because I did not know if there was lightning behind this front. Everyone was very pleased not to get wet. 5 minutes later… the heavy rains started.  Glad to be at the dock.

Captain Jennifer

About Captain Jennifer

Sailing has been a vital part of Jen's life since she was 5. Racing and cruising with her family filled her summers until she started teaching kids to sail. Her sophomore year in college, she sailed the Caribbean on a 125-ft schooner for credit in science, literature, and history. She now was addicted to schooner sailing. 3 years later, her family built the Woodwind. At 26, she became a captain.
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