2004 Sailing Digest

This is a new feature for 2004.  On this page, I will detail, to an extent, a sort of daily vessel log, including brief outings, maintenance, and short sailing descriptions.  I intend this to be a way to keep track of my sailing and maintenance days, in a format that will be easy to maintain and read.  From time to time, as conditions dictate, I will continue to post more detailed sailing and cruising logs, but I thought it would be interesting for you--and me--to see, come the end of the season, how many days I made it out to the boat, and what I did on those days.  We'll see how it all goes!  All times listed in the entries are approximate.

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Click here to go to the beginning of the 2004 digest in May, 2004, and work your way forward; each month's entries are located on a separate page.  You can click on the links just below to go directly to any month's page.

May 2004 Digest | June 2004 Digest | July 2004 Digest | August 2004 Digest | September-October 2004 Digest

home100404-1.jpg (103250 bytes)October 4, 2004 | Haulout
Full log posted. 
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Yes, Glissando's spending the winter outside this year; Dasein is in the shop.  Yes, I'm a prince among men.  
On board:  0700-1315


October 3, 2004 | Dismantling the Boat
With haulout only a day away, I reluctantly stripped the boat of sails and excess rigging in preparation.  It was a gorgeous afternoon.
On board:  1300-1600
October 1, 2004 | Sail on Secret Water, an Allied Seabreeze 35
Gorgeous day and great sail with Art Hall.

September 30, 2004 | Sail
Full log posted. 
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On Board:  1100-1600

September 29, 2004 | Shoreside Boat Check
September 26, 2004 | Sail
Picture-perfect September weather.  Absolutely gorgeous day, but with light winds.  I managed to circumnavigate Sturdivant Island in a dying WNW breeze, taking about 2 hours to go the 5.3nm.  All breeze seemed to be thermal-based and generated near the shore; no seabreeze had formed by the time I departed in mid-afternoon.

The bay was quite busy with lots of folks out for their last weekends of the season.  We have one more week...
On board:  1130-1430

September 23, 2004 | Sail (11nm)
Another perfect day.  I left the mooring in northeasterly winds of about 12 knots and enjoyed an extremely pleasant sail, with winds mostly in the 10-12 knot range, but occasionally dipping as low as about 4 and as high as 17, but never dying completely.  The winds in the bay were spotty, though, so I chose my direction carefully.  Later in the day, the winds shifted around to a light southeasterly seabreeze of around 10 knots.  Boatspeeds were mostly in the 3-4 knot range, occasionally higher.

I have no intentions of this being the last sail of the year, but if it were, I would be happy.  It was just so pleasant and relaxing.  After several pleasant, warm, sunny hours, I returned to the mooring under sail.
On board:  1030-1415

September 20, 2004 | Sail
Excellent sail today, on a beautiful, typical September day.  Winds were northwest at 12-15 knots, with gusts to around 20 for the most part, but the between-gust winds were fairly steady (with some exceptions.  I saw no need for a reef, and indeed, for most of the duration of the sail, had no need for one.

ljchannel.jpg (72113 bytes)I sailed northeast past Basket Island and in between Cousins and Chebeague, reveling in the crisp late-summer air and cloudless skies.  For a while, I debated heading through the narrow pass between Littlejohns and Chebeague (narrow in actual channel, thanks to a long ledge stringing westward from Chebeague; wide otherwise), but this is traditionally an extremely fluky place through which to sail, as one must hug the Littlejohn shore to get around the nun marking the western end of the ledge.  I could see that it was flat in there, so I decided against the frustration inherent in sailing through, and gybed around instead to head down towards Portland.

Past the southern end of  Clapboard, the wind picked up, and was soon gusting well into the 20s.  I enjoyed a screaming close reach at 7 knots; the boat was clearly thriving.  Outstanding!  Eventually, I headed up closer to the western shores so that I could then tack back northward towards the anchorage and home.  With the winds gusting as high as ever this day, I had to pay attention, but it was fun.  I could easily feather the boat well up towards the eye of the gusts to keep her on her feet.  Near the anchorage, the wind kept lifting and lifting me, so as I approached the outer ring of boats I cracked off and eased the sails somewhat.  After one particularly strong gust, the wind suddenly shifted about 30 degrees forward, slamming the boat to a stop as the jib (let off a bit) backwinded; the boat straightened so abruptly I was fairly thrown against the once-windward coaming.  Presently, I got the boat moving again, as the wind immediately shifted back to its more prevalent direction.  Funky stuff!

With gusts frequently around 25 knots, I decided against sailing back to the mooring.
On board:  1100-1430

September 14, 2004 | Sail (of sorts)
It was a perfect, glorious September day.  Some plans and expectations I had for the day were dashed when I failed to get some parts I needed for a boat project I was working on, so I headed, naturally, for the boat at about 0900.  There was a light but pleasant northeast breeze, about 8 knots.  I got underway immediately and enjoyed several minutes of pleasant sailing.  Shortly, however, the wind became lighter and lighter, and soon had died completely.  After  drifting around for a while, I decided the wind wasn't about to come up again, at least not immediately, so, dejectedly, I motored back to the mooring.  I never made it outside of Clapboard island, but at least I had been out there.  Of course, that afternoon the wind picked up nicely, but by then I was in Wiscasset looking at an old Bounty II.

On the way in in the launch, right outside the PYC docks, the very tame--and very confused--Beluga whale named Poco showed up!  Poco has been swimming the coast all season, making friends with boaters all over with his antics.
On board:  0900-1100

September 13, 2004 | Brief Boat Check
After a whole week in which I didn't set foot on the boat (a rarity), I had to go out and check her.  It was a beautiful evening, calm, bright, and golden.  The boat was fine.
On board:  1800-1830
September 6, 2004 | Sail (9nm)
Labor day.  It was busy on the water, with everyone seeming to be out to take advantage not only of the decent weather, but also for their last gasp before returning to the grind of school, post-vacation work, and so forth.  Labor day is such a turning point here:  afterwards, the bay remains empty, particularly mid-week, and most folks' boating season has wound down.  I always look forward to September sailing because the weather is often glorious for sailing, and the waters are so quiet and peaceful.  Today, though, every boat in creation seemed to be buzzing about.

Nice, but fairly short solo sail, with nice winds of 12-20 knots and some higher gusts.  I called it short because of the increasing winds and the need to do some other things later in the day, but since I knew I would have difficulty getting out much in the next several days, I had to grab the opportunity while I could.
On board:  1030-1330

September 3, 2004 | Sail (14nm)
Another lousy day on the water--bright, clear, and pleasantly warm.  Nathan Sanborn convinced me that we should go sailing (it was a hard sell, of course), and we decided to meet at Glissando just after 1100.  Upon our arrival, the winds were nearly still, so we had a sandwich while waiting for the wind to pick up enough to get under sail.  We had a fun sail in southerly winds from 12 to 29 knots apparent; the winds really picked up during the afternoon, and we decided not to sail back to the mooring.  Afterwards, we enjoyed icy cold beers and some of Nathan's homemade dill pickles.  (I don't usually eat pickles.)
On board:  1100-1700
September 1, 2004 | Sail (8.9nm)
Nice sail today.  Mark Whipple, owner of Triton #59 Tikvah, came up from Massachusetts to go for a sail, along with his daughter Emily.  I let Mark sail the boat the whole time, which he enjoyed; he's been working on his boat in his backyard for several years, but she'll go in in Spring 2005.  Right, Mark?  Winds ranged from nearly nothing much of the day to as high as the low 20s later, but from the west-northwest, which meant rather flat seas.
On board:  1145-1700

Glissando, Pearson  Triton #381

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