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Old 29-09-2010, 16:29   #1
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How Was Your Sailing Season / Year ?

Just a couple more weekends of sailing up here in the Northeast of the good old USA. Been a great year! Did some new things like night sails etc and did a lot more over nights and longer trips. Still have never pulled into a slip after 3 years of sailing. This year have had no boat breakage or in over our heads type of excitment out on the water and this means a lot less yelling. Have maybe finally learned to reef early and leave it in for a good amount of time after we think it is safe to take the reefs out (we carry a lot of sail and still pass many boats with the reefs in). Flew the spinnaker more and definitely have learned what a great sail it is to have around even for a cruising boat (but still don't put it up unless we think we can sail it for a few hours before needing to take down). Believe a asymmetrical would be a great improvement as it would get used more offen. was moire proactive in doing preventive maintenance!

So - how was your sailing year? Lets hear some good stories for a change that will make newbies who find the site want to sail more instead of scaring the you know what out of them!
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Old 29-09-2010, 16:33   #2
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Mine sucked. Late start tried City Island for a summer mooring - that sucked and moved to Northport which is a vast improvement but no place of interest to cruise to for the weekend... and a long way to get out to the Sound.

Oh and the windlass had to be replaced and now I have a diesel fuel leak. Aside from that it was lovely.
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Old 29-09-2010, 20:06   #3
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re-electric-power conversions

My season got a really late start due to an unreliable electric motor pod manufacturer who accepted shipment of my motor core for repair but never did the repairs or responded to my email or phone messages. I ended up mounting my dinghy motor on the transom to salvage the second half of the Summer. When doing business with online companies always check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB.com) to see what others have experienced.

The late season sailing was great, so despite the late start it was still a great season.
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All things being equal it wasn't too bad. We have our daughter onboard (who's 9 weeks old) so that definitely kept us busy. Did some trips on our boat, on some others, and on the dinghy. We still have one more trip planned for the fall that should be good.
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Old 29-09-2010, 20:45   #5
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A great summer Down East, because:
1) Preventative maintenance along w/ the right spares of board
2) Radar, chicken soup, books, and games for the rainy days
3) A properly provisioned bar
4) Enough time to explore on a cruiser's schedule

Saw few sailboats and even fewer power boats The sailboats we did see were often powering up and down the coast.
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Old 29-09-2010, 20:45   #6
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Lets hear some good stories for a change that will make newbies who find the site want to sail more instead of scaring the you know what out of them!
Yes, please! I'm starting to have nightmares and we haven't even left yet!
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Old 29-09-2010, 20:48   #7
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Bought the boat...sans mechanical propulsion..took her out under sail, blowing the minds of some marina denizens..guess they didn't know it could be done...was becalmed for several hours...Wife napped..young friend and I "accidentally" fell in the water repeatedly...sharp eyed young friend notes approaching breeze...up anchor and all the canvas she'd carry..beat back to marina..only to fall short by fifty feet or so..wind kept changing fitfully as I tacked towards the entrance...was towed in by amused marina denizens...most of whom were subsequently impressed as I warped the
boat back to my slip ala 1840...only trip I will get to make this year, but it taught me alot about my boat and crew..she needs a bigger rudder and windvane..and a bloody outboard. Oh..and more rum..almost out. That day as hard as we worked, was one of the best in a long time, good old boat, and excellent company.
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Old 29-09-2010, 23:22   #8
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Strange

A Southern California summer with June gloom through September.

Then an unmatched scorcher last weekend.

Wonderful Blue whale encounters on two separate occasions, both times we were suddenly surrounded and wondering if we were safe.



Many priceless sails to and from the island. Spirited sails with friends on board. Doldrums-like sails by ourselves, still enjoyable.



A 4-hour invasion of 48 go-fast boats on a poker run in the cove.






A great 4th without fog for a change, but drizzle the following morning





Probably more than you wanted to know



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Old 30-09-2010, 04:28   #9
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Great pictures Sven, Im going to have to get a better camera!
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Magic... exciting... even if its been on someone else' boat....
Now its time to lift my Corribee out for a total refit.... and modifications inside.....
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Well since I have not had gainful employment since May. What's a sailor to do but go sailing. Which turned into one of the best summers of my life. So far I've survived a brush with Hurricane Earl:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: EARL: RED SKY IN MORNING SAILORS TAKE WARNING

had some wonderful sailing days at the helm:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: HAPPY AT THE HELM!

and cruised to some locations that have been on my places to visit for years:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: NOAA, NO WHA? & THE HAPPY ENDING

and I'm still not done with the season yet.
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Great pictures Sven, Im going to have to get a better camera!
Thanks. Love seeing the pictures below too ! It's like a world cruise at your computer.



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Cruising season has not even started here yet. One more month and we will be cruising the Pacific coast of Mexico.
Can't wait!!!
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our season starts in January, but winter/spring cruise was wonderful!!!! Sailed with great friends, and made new friends. Also lots of conch, lobster, and sailing. Boat stuff was all good, except minimal breakage which basically happened when we got back to the US of A
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So far quite nice. Didn't do the bigger trip I hoped bur 20 days on the chesapeake in 2 shifts and then most every weekend.
Started like this
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