July 17, 2013

Heat Wave on the Woodwind

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Hands in the air for winning on the BLUE team.

Hands in the air for winning on the BLUE team.

It has been hot these past days! There was a little wind today which made us have a nice day.

Our first cruise was a corporate team event where High’s Convenience Stores chartered both Woodwinds for a Crew Match Race. We got our teams ready on the fisherman sail winches and our other stations. There was maybe 5 knots of wind when we started the race. It was an upwind start, and we (on Woodwind II) had a better line on the first mark. We had to tack a couple of times to make it due to the slower speeds and current drift.¬† Woodwind had to tack more times, and in light air that can be race changing. We sailed to victory on the Blue Team!!

Motoring up Weems Creek, notice the shadow on land of our sail plan.

Motoring up Weems Creek, notice the shadow on land of our sail plan.

Our second cruise was filled with volunteers for the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Convention and Visitors Bureau. These are the folks that greet you at the visitor’s center on West Street or City Dock. They told me that we were their favorite FAMILIARIZATION¬† tour and it booked up in less than a day! Some even added that it was the main reason they wanted to volunteer. These are the sweetest people!! And many have known my family for years! We sailed half the time and motored up the Severn a little.

All the kids lined up to take a turn at the helm!

All the kids lined up to take a turn at the helm!

On the last sail, we were supposed to race in the Wednesday Night Races. There was no wind left for the day! We tried going up the Severn River and Weems Creek to find some, and to see if the wind filled in. No luck.

But everyone really enjoyed themselves considering the lack of racing and the temps. We made our own breeze with the motor on.

Jack Sherwood and Captain Jen

Jack Sherwood, journalist and magnificent solo sailor, made his first appearance on the Schooner Woodwind in 20 years. For many years, we have been yelling “Hello Jack” from our Woodwinds to Jack. And he’s been writing about us for years in sailing articles. Tonight his family were all treated to a Woodwind experience!

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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