Report by Matt:
Skipper Kain, Boatswain Tim, Matt, Amanda Rose, Leah,
and former Boatswain Adam traveled down to the Baltimore County Sailing
Center at Rocky Point Park to challenge other ships in a Sailing Regatta.
Matt and Tim decided to put their sailing talents together, while Adam, an
experienced “sailor”, took Leah on his JY-15 to teach her how to sail.
Skipper Kain was courteous enough to take Amanda Rose out on the water and
lend her his knowledge of sailing. Tim and Matt did not finish the first
race, but Adam and Leah took third in the second race. Not too bad for a
Ship that doesn’t sit on the Chesapeake. Sailing was fun, but that's not
all there was to do. The group of Tim, Matt, Leah, and Amanda went down to
the beach at Rocky Point and swam. Later, Ship 25 headed into Annapolis for
supplies, food, and FUN. (What would Sea Scouts be without fun?) After
having seen a lot of Annapolis, everyone crawled back into Skipper Kain’s
SUV, and they were off for home. A great day of sailing and a job well done
by everyone who attended.
View of JY-14 sloops (foreground) and JY-15 sloops (background) at the
Baltimore County Sailing Center, Rocky Point Park, MD, site of the
Chesapeake Regatta hosted by Ship 1993, Selwin Gray - Skipper.
Skipper Gray of Ship 1993, our genial host.
Garth Wells, past Skipper of Ship 1009, and crewmember rig a JY-15 in
preparation for the Regatta. These two sailors know what they are
doing. We learned a lot just watching them.
Adam and Leah rig their JY-15 in preparation for battle.
Adam and Leah take a practice run.
Tim and Mate Nancy Klinedinst zip along under full sail.
As the wind picks up, the little craft races ahead.
Adam and Leah hike out to keep the boat on plane with maximum sail area exposed
to the horizontal wind.
Matt and Amanda experience every sailor's nightmare - being blown onto a lee
shore. Matt eventually figured out that his centerboard wasn't down, and
that's why he was being blown sideways - but it was too late. Oh well,
that's why we Sea Scouts practice. If you don't make a mistake or two, you're
not learning. I predict in the future Matt will always check his
centerboard before getting underway, and I also predict he'll give lee shores a
much wider berth.
Leah, Tim, and Adam struggle to retrieve their JY-15 onto the trailer - that's
strange: a JY-15 shouldn't weigh this much. It feels like it has a
ton of water in it.
Ah hah! It DOES have a ton of water in it. Maybe that's why everyone
says, "Be sure the bilge plug is in before you launch a
boat." Probably worth remembering that in the future.
Wiser due to lessons learned, and still full of the spirit of adventure, the crew
of Ship 25 sets out to see Annapolis: The Skipper, Matt, Amanda Rose,
Adam, Leah, Tim, and Mate Klinedinst.
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