May 25, 2013

One Sail, Two Sail, Three Sail, Four

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Sailing fast on Sunset Sail

Sailing fast on Sunset Sail, taken from Woodwind of Woodwind II.

Winds were “honking” when I woke up. It’s going to be a terrific day for sailing, I thought. I even wrote this on Woodwind’s Facebook page while trying to find a pic of the Woodwind healing nicely to add to the post.

When I arrived to the dock, the tide was down 2 feet from normal. The heavy Northwest winds were blowing the water away from the Western Shore. I called up Captain Ken and advised that we might want to raft both boats since I was concerned that Woodwind II might touch the mud in their normal boarding spot in front of the restaurant. He agreed. It was nice to see the boats rafted together. We also both decided to bend on the fore staysail on each boat. We would sail with a reefed main and just the forestaysail.

The first cruise that I had were a large group of Brownies (7-8 year old girl scouts) from Potomac, Maryland.  They enjoyed the sail and learned some good stuff about the Bay, sailing and Woodwind. With my help, we were able to get all the Brownies a chance to sail the Woodwind, even with 30 knots of wind!

The second cruise was awesome as we sailed under the Bay Bridge and back. We had some folks aboard that had “sailing a boat” as a bucket list item. It was awesome watching these folks being able to do what they have dreamed of for a long time.

On the third sail, the wind lightened a little to take the reef out of the mainsail, and Woodwind and Woodwind II sailed back from the bridge together.

Celebrating 10th Year Anniversary of Wedding on Schooner Woodwind

Celebrating 10th Year Anniversary of Wedding on Schooner Woodwind

For the sunset sail, I told the crew that we would be putting up the staysail to keep more speed through the patches of wind that were less than 20 knots, which made our speeds less than 5 knots. When we boarded the group, I noticed a name that looked familiar, Juliana Burzacki. She got married aboard the Woodwind and she had a very memorable wedding aboard ten years ago.  Her husband was even wearing his wedding shirt from ten years ago, a light yellow floral print. She was hoping that we still had wind on the Bay and I assured it was still windy out there.

Breakfast on a beautiful morning on Schooner Woodwind.

Breakfast on a beautiful morning on Schooner Woodwind.

As we set sail, I realized that the wind was dropping to less than 20 knots. So up went our fourth sail, the fisherman sail. Both Woodwinds sailed back from the bridge, and of course we raced back into the harbor for a very special sunset!  What a terrific windy day!

The Boat & Breakfast was so nice. We had amazing guests aboard that all really enjoyed sleeping aboard and the delicious breakfast on a perfect morning. Temps were in the mid 60s, and a nice breeze was filling in. Beautiful morning and the birds kept us company.

Friends join the Boat & Breakfast

Friends join the Boat & Breakfast

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.

One Response to One Sail, Two Sail, Three Sail, Four

  1. Juliana Burzacki May 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Jen,

    It was so great having you as our Captain for our Sunset Sail.
    It doesn’t seem like 10 years – It went by so fast.
    You will always be part of our great memories of our Wedding Day !
    Until our next sail –
    Keep safe .. Be well .. Be happy !

    Juliana & Stan Burzacki

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