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Saturday was a perfect fall day for begging to button up the club for winter. More than 25 members spread out on the mooring field, docks and in the yard moving boats, tree stumps and pennants.
HPYC is presented with our Certificate and Signage as a fully certified Maryland Clean Marina by the Governor and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Presenting is Donna Morrow, DNR to Roger Karmes, chairman and Judd Diener, Commodore.
Ike and I started down the Bay, in Slante, with a North wind pushing us around 8 knots. Winds were expected to be 15-20 with gusts over 25. We were behind Sugaree and Hobo. We were sailing on jib only and had passed Hobo, when we lost our dingy. We came about and rolled in the headsail and managed to snag the dingy and drag it backwards into Worton where we bailed it out and secured it to the foredeck. We continued on down the Bay and just outside of Baltimore the seas picked up between 6-8'. We were getting ready to pull some sail in and tack when the headsail ripped in 4 pieces. We quickly turned into the wind and managed to roll it in and continue down the Bay to Annapolis. Someone had told me that there had been winds clocked at 44 knots that day.
We made it to Annapolis and right as we passed the outside moorings, I put Slainte in neutral and was still gliding at 4.5 knots with the wind and currents. We made it safely under the bridge into Spa Creek and there was a Victura sailboat next to us with it's mast down. I got a chance later on to talk to the Captain and he said that he had radioed the bridge and was waiting for it to open and him and another boat went through and the bridge operator shut the bridge on him, breaking his wooden mast. It came down with one fell swoop and landed on the gallows which saved his life. Two bystanders rushed over to make sure he was alright and helped secure him to a mooring. I didn't feel quite so bad, with our torn headsail.
Dale came down on Sunday and brought a borrowed headsail from Bob Daniell's 27' Hunter. It was a 110 but it did the job for the remainder of the trip. Kudos to Bob and Dale for helping us out and being able to finish the trip.
We were out for 8 days, and 6 of the 8 days had winds over 20. It was a humbling week and it made me never forget that Mother Nature can throw her best, and she did. We battled heavy winds and increased our skills in heavy weather. We sailed together as a group and celebrated the Fleet Captain's and my birthdays and increased our knowledge of our boats and how they handled. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Four boats left the mooring field early Saturday with the forecast for Hurricane Hermine hanging uncertainly. Rick and Audrey on Sugaree, Matt and Carrie on Hobo and Julie and Ike on Slainte' were off the field first. All went south working headsails in and out as conditions allowed.
Wind was averaging 20-25, all out of the North. Waves were 3-4 feet with some sections of 5-6 feet, close frequency. Getting the dinghies way close or far enough away from the stern was important, with a boat on the rise a dink in the trough acted as an anchor. Juie and Ike's dink parted ways ( and the attaching D rings) off Worton Point.
They recovered it, beat into the lee of the point to secure the lines and then blew out their headsail while trying to catch the fleet.
Jim and Donna Daniels left a few minutes after the vanguard - off the mooring ball at HPYC at 6:40 am. With headsale alone ( and a long water line) they passed the fleet and touched the mooring ball at Annapolis Harbor at 1:50 PM - 7 hours 10 minutes!
With the forecast easing and Hermine slowing and heading east off the Carolinas Brazen Article left the mooring at 10:45, motored with a bit of jib exposed to Annapolis arriving a bit after 7 PM.
Cleaning carbs on outboards is getting old by this time in the season. There is canned gas now available at the big box hardware stores - TrueFuel - but it is very expensive ( roughly $6 a quart).
Pure-gas.org has an online listing, below is a printout of the places where ethanol free gas is available in Pennsylvania. There are some stations in Maryland but it looks like it is all some distance from the club.