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We are so excited to announce our new website at fillyoursails.org.  We will no longer be posting on this site, so be sure to bookmark the new url!  Be part of our 2017 summer sailing adventures, and stay tuned as we launch our YouTube Channel!

Herring Bay: Never Again

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Damian, next to our seasick cat, contemplating whether we should stay the night or leave our anchorage at Herring Bay and to attempt a night sail for the first time as we headed south down the Chesapeake.

Sometimes we learn the hard way.  We dropped anchor in Herring Bay on the evening of July 22nd 2016, hoping to lighten the intensity of the passage south down the Chesapeake.  Not recommended.  Rolly, rolly, rolly.  As one wave, then another, then another rolled under our anchored vessel.  The sun was setting.  Should we stay or should we go?  Could our stomachs make it overnight in this spot? Continue reading “Herring Bay: Never Again”

My Sailing Play List

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Sailing to music takes the experience to a whole new level!  Here’s some of the tunes that are on my sailing play list!  What’s on your “sailing” play list?

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Governor’s Cup 2016

So what were we doing August 5 and 6 last summer?  We were crewing aboard Makai in the Governor’s Cup!  Our O-dock neighbor, Tony, and his wife and first mate, Cheri, had invited us to come racing with them several evenings throughout the summer and to join their crew for the “Gov Cup” in early August.  Damian and I saw this as a great opportunity for us to learn, grow, and gain experience as sailors and a meaningful distraction from the sadness the summer heat had brought for us personally.

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Up, up, up the Mast!

Lazy jacks are rigging lines that run from the mast to the back of the boom that guide the mainsail into place instead of falling all over the deck when it is lowered.  Damian and I were eager to install lazy jacks on Gem&I so that the furling process would be easier and less dangerous for us while out at sea. Continue reading “Up, up, up the Mast!”

How We Survived the Heat

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Hundred degree-days this summer peppered the sailing calendar a little too consistently over the months of July and August. The thought of sailing—once joyous with the breeze whisking through my hair and stiffening our sails into a solid curve that would propel us forward—became one of distress, suffering, and downright misery.

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Barnacle Buster to the Rescue

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How did we finally get our engine to cool down?  How did we get our air conditioning working successfully again?  Yep!  You guessed it!  An ingenious little product with a funny name: Barnacle Buster!

The name might throw you.  I laughed when I first heard the name.  No joke, this solution is a powerful formula that enabled our systems to run smoothly again.  Safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable, this product will eat away the little critters that have grown around and inside the hoses and systems that use the flow of seawater like your boat’s AC unit and diesel engine’s open water system.  Now we swear by this mighty, little product that only costs $26.99 at your local West Marine.

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How to shower at anchor

Many of you may wonder: how do we shower at anchor?  Even though our head has a sink faucet that turns into a shower wand, we are not big fans of making our entire bathroom soak and wet (because the whole thing technically becomes the shower itself).  So we use something else!

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Anchored at Gordon Point

A familiar anchorage near Kent Narrows is Reed Creek, a tributary of the Chester River.  For an overnighter, Damian and I thought this spot would be the perfect place to unwind after being in the slip for a week or so working on boat projects.  Only a few hours’ sail up the Chester, and we were free of civilization!

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