I've made a couple posts here already, but I figured I ought to introduce myself before making any more.
I'm Alexei. I live in Annapolis
, MD wife my wife, Ericka, our 6-month old daughter Sibylla, and our dog, Chloe. I am a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy
. My speciality is submarines, but right now I work in the Pentagon.
We own a 1974 Sabre
28 named Icefire that we dock
in a creek off of the Severn River a short ways north of town.
I've taken Icefire from Portland
, ME to Biddeford, ME, a journey that ended in calamity that's discussed in the sailor's confessional thread. Also from Biddeford, ME to Groton, CT. We sailed her around Long Island Sound
a few times, then trucked her down to Annapolis
when I was transferred here. In the process, wind
sheer ripped off the forward hatch
, so she was laid up for a time for repairs
. As of last weekend, though, she's once again seaworthy
and we took her out for a brief sail on the Chesapeake. This weekend, we'll be re-varnishing the teak
topside, re-sealing a couple of the portholes, and polishing the brightwork on Saturday, then sailing her again on Sunday.
We've joined the Chesapeake Bay Sabre
Association and the Chesapeake Sailing Club, and we intend to cruise
around the Bay a lot over the next couple years. I've been crewing
on other people's boats in Wednesday night races here on the bay. When my skills are greater, I'm considering entering Icefire in Friday night races as well.
I've been in the Navy
11 years, and intend to remain for at least 20. When that's done we're talking about at least taking a cruise
down to the Caribbean
, perhaps further. We intend to either homeschool our daughter or send her to private school
anyway (we will never submit her to the travesty that is government school
in this country), so that shouldn't be a hard transition to make.
Ericka really wants a catamaran
at some point down the road. That's good, because I do to. I like the greater speed, she's attracted to the greater room. So that should work out nicely.
Well, that's about it. We're happy to be in Annapolis, and we love our boat. We're looking forward to sailing her a lot now that I'm not at sea on my other boat all the time.