May 4, 2013

Chilly Saturday, Great Sailing

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darren and gigi

Notice the angle of heal (tilting). Nice to know we have 14,000 pounds of ballast in our keel.

May 4th was a chilly day with a brisk wind.  We set sail and headed for the Bay Bridge.  Darren and Gigi are enjoying the sail as we fly along at 10 knots with just main and jib.  I have a sweater and sailing jacket on for warmth.

Darren deserves to rest, because he helped raise the main sail under crew member Charlotte’s instruction.

Chesapeake sailing cruise Annapolis

Darren helps raise 140 pound mainsail. Crew Charlotte shows him how to use the winch.

On our way back we meet Sam on his sail board.  At times he is able to literally fly!  Sam worked for us last year and the board he is using he made himself.

As we head back into the harbor, we site a Laser that has capsized.  If you look closely you can see the sailor holding on to the hull.  Lasers, unlike Woodwind, use body wait to keep them upright and in these breezy conditions this sailor is glad he has the training to right his craft and start sailing again.

My thanks to my friends Romani and Rob Thaler for joining us on the cruise and for the excellent photos.

Woodwind Chesapeake Annapolis sailing boat

Sam flies along!

 

Charlotte tidies the line so that it is at the ready,

Charlotte tidies the line so that it is at the ready,

 

Capsized Lazer on left.

Capsized Lazer on left.

Captain Ken

About Captain Ken

How do you answer the question, What do I want to do when I grow up? For me, it was, ask the question what do I love to do that I can share with others and make it a career? I taught instrumental music to elementary students for 25 years. When that was no longer an option due to budget cuts, I asked the question again? This time the answer was, with the help of my family, Schooner Woodwind.
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