It was a little nerve racking watching the weather for Memorial Day, I followed the radar through out the night before, as well as checking with Passage Weather and Maine Harbors. I had a gut feeling that we would miss the rain but I was a little nervous about going out for the first time of the season during heavy winds as well as posable thunder storms, I came real close to canceling our sailing class on Monday.
Instead I put on my long underwear, and foul weather gear, and took my dingy from the Sarah Maria in Amesbury down to the Bella Donna and spent a couple of hours cleaning and adjusting and rechecking the rigging as well as making sure that the sails were reefed down for the expected heavy wind.
It all paid off, Tennie Komar has been sailing with me for quite a while now and can handle the helm very well. Also I did not realize the Rick and Julia Traulsen sailed with me all of last summer and both of them handled the helm as well as worked at raising and lowering sails, I had very little to do.
We did have heavy winds but were prepared for them, and though challenging they were not overwhelming. It turned out to be an awesome, as well as relaxing day for Captain Ed, I like that.
Lets keep our eyes on the weather for our next opening, hopefully this weekend, if you are interested in getting in a sail this weekend give me a call at 508-451-0431 or email me.
Many of you know that I have to follow the weather very closely and during the sailing season I get up in the middle of the night to check the RADAR and weather reports especially the Passage Weather site. The passage weather site is a site that we used, and found extremely accurate for the trip we made to the Virgin Islands in 2010. The passage weather site gives a seven day forecast but I think it is most accurate for a three day forecast. Pecking around the Passage weather site will give you a great idea what the weather anywhere is doing. The other site that I like to use is Maine Harbors, locally (New England) it will give an excellent report as well as tides and temperatures.