Today Janis and I drove down to check out Lewes. It's about 15 minutes south of our place in Milford, DE.
I launched on an outgoing tide, with the wind running against it. Made for lots of floaty port jumps!
Fully powered 5.8. Kudos to The Avon Sailhouse for repairing the sail for me, the victim of a bad forward loop attempt during an Assateague sesh back in August. It felt like new today! If anyone needs sail repair, Olaf does great work.
I'm telling you it was warm! about 45 degrees, and after over a week with temps in the 20s, today felt like spring! The water temp was about 35 degrees. If you can minimize your time actually in the water and sail smart, it really is a peice of cake to sail cold water. Especially with the sun beaming like it did for a majority of the day.
No ice at all on the Deleware Bay. Rehoboth Bay is another story. (this photo by Bob Rammsey)
Floaty board and a 5.8 was perfect kit today
I took Andy's advice and put vaselene on the only exposed skin, my face. Makes a world of difference. Thanks for the tip pal.
First run out. Haven't been on the water since Jan 3rd
Lots of bottled up energy.
The sand bar started to break a tiny wave, that was fun to play on
It doesn't look like much I know, but this sand bar is so much fun to play on!
Again, I practiced sailing out of my gybes clew first. I think thats helpful in wavesailing.
Bad form I know but I actually pulled this off.
Gybing on the outside for another screaming reach back to the beach
Nice back side rides
Cape May Ferry in backgorund
Wrap up to an awesome day of winter time sailing on the Delmarva.
I sailed from about 11am till about 1.30, or four sessions of approx 30 minutes each. Like I said, it was very warm, and the temps weren’t an issue. My conditioning however is another story. My forearms fatigued big time today. In fact, I’m pretty sore tonight, the price for not sailing in almost three weeks. Its all good, spring is just around the corner!