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OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND 9/27 October 17, 2008

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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Saturday started with temps in the low 60’s. Our first real cold front finally got here. Late September is late. There was not a cloud in the sky, winds SSW at 15 knots. It does not get any better then that. By the time we got started the wind shifted enough out of the west that my reduced sail plan had less than no power. Therefore we motored to Ft Mcrae.

There is a local sailing forum that I frequent. Even though it is made up of mostly people from the area, I had not met any of the others on the form till Saturday. We started at the top. We met Ben, the manager of the forum, his wife and son. Tours and cocktails were had by all. They are a super family and great conversationalists. We look forward to meeting again with them and others in the forum.

I launched the dingy and set up her sailing rig. The dingy sails much like her mother ship. She need a good breeze to become a really fun sail. The late afternoon wind piped up to about 15-18 kts. It was a great sailing fix.

Saturday night the wife had heard it was going to get into the 60’s. Before going to bed, she closed the boat up tight. Well, it got down to maybe the upper mid 60’s and I awoke about 3A.M hot and stuffy. Got up, opened a couple ports and then had a good sleep.

Sunday after a relaxing breakfast, I rode around the anchorage and later sailed around the anchorage. The wind was in the 10 kts. Range and not as exciting as Saturday’s sail.

We headed home about 2 P. M. I tried sailing in the 10-12 kts of breeze. I could make a little over 2 knots on a broad reach. Not only not very exciting, hardly had steerage way. The sails did maybe give us an extra knot motor sailing.

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