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Posted: 23 Sep 2011 at 12:18pm
Wednesday, my wife Nancy and I had a sail planned. When we have a sail planned, I tend to pout if we can't go. We live on Saltworks Creek, off of the Severn River in Annapolis, and Cove Dweller (#111) just recently made her home in a slip at our little marina. Winds were forecast to be just 5-6K, but increasing a bit. We got down to the boat and it was still as glass, threatening rain, totally gray and still. We questioned whether it was worth it to go out. Eventually , I convinced Nance we should just motor out to the river and see. She knew I would be grumpy if we didn't so she capitulated. Well, the sail was AWESOME. We got out there, and indeed, it was only 5k. But we were sailing. Slowly. Quietly. NOBODY was out there, save an anchored sailboat with a man and a boy on it. Cormorants burst from the still river, flapped their wings and took flight, again and again. Gulls swooped by with fat fish in their beaks. Nancy made slow arcs, easy tacks, relaxed jibes. 40 or so minutes later, I took the helm and guess what? The sun popped out. The wind picked up to 10K. Our "wash" of a sail turned nearly perfect. We sailed our first run (we just learned to sail in May). After another 40 minutes or so of fun, we lowered sail and started the motor (brand new, but it took 8 attempts). We glided into Saltworks Creek. The sun went in and didn't return. It didn't have to, our awesome sail was coming to a close.

Posted: 23 Sep 2011 at 2:47pm
Marionette #12

Posted: 24 Sep 2011 at 12:06pm
Sounds like you had a great afternoon! Any time spent sailing is time well spent.

Erik Evens
Los Angeles, CA
"Robin Lee", Yankee Dolphin #118

Posted: 25 Sep 2011 at 4:54pm
Lovely, lovely.

My second sailing of #175 last week was equally lovely. After four hours in the harbor savoring every aspect of my beautiful Dolphin (despite the old and ill-fitting mainsail), I sailed her back to the dock, never turning on the motor. A peacefully lovely finish to a perfect sail. How sweet and balanced she is, so sure-footed and smart.

(I am sewing her a new mainsail this week; so another task will be checked off the still lengthening to-do list.)

I hope more people share their sailing experiences with the Forum. I would also love to hear about cruisers. Anyone living on their Dolphin these days?

Warmly, J & Dolphin#175

Posted: 25 Sep 2011 at 5:01pm
I am of the Facebook generation, like some of us, and it comes naturally to share experiences. I, too , feel the Yankee D is a special vessel, and look forward to sharing other interesting adventures. Also anxious to hear more about your #175...(and see? Photos are so welcome and I will be submitting some later in October). Happy sails...

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 at 6:58am
laughindolphin, the only reason I don't live on my Dolphin is because of the wife and kids. If I didn't have them, I'd have told my boss to shove it and sailed away sometime this summer to see how far I could get before my credit card was canceled. Thank god for my wife and kids, because I'm quite certain I enjoy Yanqui more not living aboard.


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