I've been out of town for three weeks in the last five. All that time, Hatikva, my little Sunbird sailboat, has sat idle, tied up pier-side in the warming water of mid-summer. I also live in an area where the second half of summer is dominated by jellyfish, stinging sea nettles that fill the bays and…Read more Barnacles and Irony
I've had a sailboat sitting, for a long while, in a place not very well suited for a boat of any kind, much less one with a 25' mast. It's been sitting on a trailer in my garage, and it's been sad. I bought her from a co-worker. Spent a few months fixing things -…Read more “Hatikva” Sails Again!
(Note, I posted this most places on Sept 12, as Florence approached - but remote interface for WordPress was acting flaky. Sorry it's late, the sentiment still holds true!) Calm before the storm. Out on the fringes of the Florence cloud deck, thinking of all those enduring the fury. Y'all stay safe!
We had the opportunity this weekend to get some boys out on a Pearson 37 sailboat, the designation 37 referring to its overall length, in feet. Weather was not great - 20 knots sustained, heavy rain which came at you horizontally, and 3-foot swells. Despite that, we went sailing! Two reefs in the main, a…Read more Sailing Intro, Under Harsh Conditions
This looks like a regular sunfish sailboat on a regular lake - but it's sailing on a cranberry bog, or at least the remnants of one. The lake is one of five, separated by small earthen dams, strung together in the Pine Barrens of eastern New Jersey. Cranberries are now long gone, and the lakes…Read more Cranberry Sunfish
"Liquid" - I was tempted to reference the week-plus of non-stop rain we're having, but sky, river and the Sun melting between the two is a nicer reflection of the theme. This is in response to the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge - "Liquid".
It's that time of year again! My view from the bow looking down the line at the start. We nailed the committee boat end of the line.
The sailing fleet is stranded, and there are no ice boats around to take their place. It's so rare to see this (brackish) river frozen over, I guess nobody thought they'd be needed! Photo credit - Lynn Abbott
In 1634, two small ships, the Ark and the Dove (replica shown here) landed on a small island in the Potomac River and thanked God for a successful voyage, marking the first Catholic spot in the New World. The voyagers then sailed back downriver, and found a place to settle, establishing the colony that would become Maryland, at…Read more The Dove
I am beat up. My arms, shoulders, and back are particularly sore, from hoisting sails, climbing up a slanted deck, and shoving a spinnaker pole around against a powerful 'chute. My legs ache from balancing on a half-inch toe-rail, changing headsails while the boat plows through waves that occasionally lift me off the deck. And…Read more Screwpile ’17!