2010 Sailing

Oops!  We haven’t been telling our story to the world like we should if we want them to know we still exist! BMSA actually has been pretty busy this spring and summer.  We have had non-sailing social events- GPS Rally, Water Safety Festival, off season dinner, and picnics but I want to briefly address our sailing activities here.   We started the season with a race on May 29.   Memorial Day weekend and light winds held participation down to five boats.  We managed to get in two short races in three hours! Our next sailing event was our Spring Cruise June 11-13.  Four trailerable sailboats put in at the Turner Creek ramp on the Sassafras River and sailed down to Still Pond.  Fortunately it was a short distance as winds were light.  We were joined by three cruisers and the cocktail hour erased our thoughts of the poor sailing day!  The second day winds came up and the trip to our next anchorage Warton Creek was a quick one.  We even did a little daysailing after lunch.  Sunday’s return trip to Turner was made under a following wind which didn’t set any records but kept us moving.  Our second race was our annual Regatta on June 26.  We had a good turnout of seven boats.  Winds started light but built over the day and we got in four races.  The Regatta party was held poolside at the home of Conrad and Barb Vanino. This was followed by a vagabond to the Elk River July 17-18.  Thirteen members made the trip.  While they did get in some sailing their paramount interest was trying to keep cool in the temps that were in the high 90’s.  Our race on July 31 finished a poor second to the many other summer activities as only three boats showed up to race.  The winds were very dicey as they shifted, dropped off, teased us by freshening only to drop off again.  We did manage to get in four races and were able to practice our starts from a new direction as the winds were generally from the east instead of the normal west.  Future sailing happenings include three races all on the last Saturday of August thru October, a vagabond on August 14-15 to the Tred Avon to sail among the log canoes, and the Fall Cruise on September 10-12 which will feature a fun race from the Annapolis Bay Bridge to the Francis Scott Key bridge.  We also meet when possible during the week (usually Wednesdays) for a little fun sailing on Blue Marsh with dinner after at Ganly’s.  Come join us!