Regardless of your skill at boat handling, the event may come to pass when you try to pull along side a dock and the wind causes the nose of the boat to blow off. Meanwhile, the stern people have easily passed a dock line from the stern to a dockhand (OK so maybe a crew jumped onto the dock) and the stern end is secured. It seems silly to me that this situation can cause panic on the bow as there is an ultra-simple solution. First, since the stern is secure, the most the wind can do is blow the bow to make the boat perpendicular to the dock. If it can blow the bow further around than that, maybe you dock to starboard!
Solution 1: Take a long line, something barely longer than your boat. Hand one end to the person on the dock and then walk the other end to the person on the bow. Now the bow can be pulled in.
Solution 2: Undo the bow line from its cleat and carry the entire line to the stern. Hand one end to the person on the dock and then walk the other end to the bow, pulling the boat in as you go.
Solution 3: Have a good shouting match and let the conversation end with “Don’t you ever talk to me that way again”. Get a new spouse.
Last Wednesday, Rose Hoffman used her Catalina 34 Beeleaved as the PHRF race committee platform. We really appreciate the effort that members make to help out our programs and providing a committee boat is a big help. Although my computer is named Jesus, neither it nor me have quite mastered walking on water, thus someone always has to position a boat on the starting line.
Kevin Irwin has taken on the responsibility to find members like Rose, who will help us out on Wednesday nights. This effort allows racers to race. If no boat is available, one of them must abstain from racing and use their boat for the committee. This year, we are trying to get a non-PHRF committee boat for just a few Wednesdays in the season.
A long time ago, there was a member named Bruce Baty (his wife Lois is still a member!). Bruce had assembled a regular race committee that would start races off of Log Point across from Bowleys. Back then, the Thursday night fleet, composed of Portsmouth rated boats, were also given Wednesday night starts and everyone raced and partied together.
Around 1986 (I am not 100% on the year), we found a boat, Alert, run by Paul Fitzgerald, and for another decade or so a semi-regular race committee would take that out to set a start line in the same area that we race in today. The smaller, Portsmouth, boats wanted to find their own committees since they were correctly concerned about venturing out into the mouth of the river. Toward the end of the Alert era, we were having trouble getting regular race committee and it became necessary to ask racers to give up one race per year and use their crew to conduct the races.
PHRF Racing participation has reduced. This is hardly news to anyone in the sport, but it has impacted GSAs membership. At this time, the after race beer drinking is down to once a month (the boat owners are older) and racers have to give up their racing slightly more than one time per year in order to have enough committee.
I will post more about later. For now, I am just presenting the problem. The Portmouth fleet has found a temporary solution, but the PHRF fleet could still use some good ideas.
In previous years, Jack Janos has prepared cruise guides for the “family cruise” which is a one or two week Chesapeake Bay group cruise organized each summer. This year it is on the calendar for August 3-10 and is planned to start at Swan Creek, then to Stillpond, Northeast, Engineers Cove, Turner Creek, Wortons, and Rock Creek before returning home.
The cruising guides for a few prior years are linked here. If the links don’t work then you may need to open the post by clicking on the title.Cruising Guide from 2017
Glenmar has recently updated the website to include a WordPress format with all of the good and bad features that lie therein.
If you are a regular user of the site, you may find some features that were previously there to be missing. We will get to those but it may take a few weeks. If there is something that you want right away, let me know in the comments. If you can’t comment, it is either because you haven’t yet registered or you aren’t a member.
Come join us as we set sail for the Southern Bay! There will be plenty of time for serene anchorages, fun marinas and, best of all: some great sailing! We will visit Cape Charles, a sleepy eastern shore town that has awakened to a charming beachy town with small shops and restaurants. We also will visit Yorktown where there is lots of history to dive into. No cruise is complete without a stop-off in Solomon’s, Maryland’s sailing community.
Dates are August 24, 2019 through September 8, 2019.
Please confirm your interest by sending me an email to Tod Herrick.
Check out our itinerary:
This year’s Grandparents Cruise is earlier than in the past. Please see below for the details:
Date: June 22-23, about noon to noon
Place: Worton Creek, outside on/near the sand spit near marker 5
Activities: rain gutter regatta, rubber ducky dash, swimming, kite flying, visiting with friends, homemade ice cream, and other fun stuff
Theme: Star(ship) Wars
Eats: Saturday evening beach cookout for the group
hope you’ll join us, with or without kids! Please send the following
to Meg Conners by Thursday the 20th so that no one will be left out:
Boat name; captain/crew; number of other adults; number of kids, their names and ages
Hope to see you there!
Meg and Tom Conners