April 22, 2013

Sailing into 2013

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Schooner Woodwind Sailing Season starts

Staying warm on the Woodwind with the West Hill Choral Group.

We have been waiting for the first sail of the season for 6 months! Sunday was not a day to disappoint! The wind was blowing from 10-18 knots and the sky was cloudless and bright blue.

Today was a special day, we had the West Hill High School Choral Group on board. This choral group had a competition in Virginia and rocked it in most of the categories they sang in with some top honors!! They have been sailing with us after these competitions for a couple of years.

Helming the Schooner Woodwind

Brianna at the helm, West Hill High School

The morning sail was a chilly one with around 30 students on each Woodwind. At 12:30, we took the other half of the group out. On both cruises we were able to sail around 9-10 knots into the Bay. Captain Mike was on Woodwind II and I was on Woodwind, so we tacked and gybed around each other, having fun as we sailed in from the middle of the Bay.

Thankfully, we had a boatload of fleece stadium blankets to keep the group warm. Many of the students took turns at the helm, and some never wanted to give up their time being “captain”.

Sailing on the Woodwind

Bill sailing the 74-foot, Schooner Woodwind on the 3:00 sail. He was a natural!

On the last sail of the day, the 3:00 sail, we had 12 lucky guests on the warmest cruise that day. We had 4 birthdays aboard, so the bubbly was brought out for all of the celebrations!  The wind kept up for the entire sail, and all had a terrific time. Great way to start 2013!

 

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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