August 17, 2013

An Unusual Easterly

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Easterlies can either bring rain and nasty weather or dry light air  (sometimes almost no wind) sailing.  Saturday was neither.  The wind was light, but strong enough to provide us with nice sailing and comfortably cool temperature.  It also allowed us to head toward Thomas Point Lighthouse.  On the first three trips we were able to get close enough to see the shape and some basic details.  The evening sail brought a strengthening breeze and we made it all the way out.  Gina took the helm with confidence as we passed by the lighthouse.

The only screw pile lighthouse still on station.

The only screw pile lighthouse still on station.

Gina and Thomas Point Lighthouse.

Gina and Thomas Point Lighthouse.

When I asked about her sailing experience she replied that she is the sales and marketing assistant for the quality boat manufacturer, Beneteau.  She not only knows how to sail, she also knows about boat sales.  She will represent her company at the Annapolis Sailboat Show this fall.  This will be Woodwind’s twentieth year sailing from the show.

Chase at helm

Chase takes a sailing lesson from Kevin.

Chase’s family, Grant, Craig Stacey, relax.

Young Chase took the helm and held Woodwind on course.  He was accompanied by his brother, Grant, and his Mom and Dad, Stacey and Craig.

Abby and her friend Elaine also joined us both sporting injured feet.  I had to ask if they had kicked each other.  They laughed and said no.  Although both women are from Maryland now, Abby was originally from England and she was familiar with the River Severn which divides England from Wales and from which our Severn River was named.

Something's afoot with Abby and Elaine.

Something’s afoot with Abby and Elaine.

Mike and Keisha’s motivation to sail on Woodwind was to get a jump start on their upcoming lessons at Annapolis Sailing School. That should provide them with a skill which they can share and enjoy their entire lives and you never know where that can lead.

Mike watches the horizon.

Mike watches the horizon.

Keisha looks forward to sailing her own boat someday.

Keisha looks forward to sailing her own boat someday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the day we were treated to a beautiful sunset.

Sunset!

Sunset!

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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