My adventure delivering the Sailing Vessel Catherine Grace fro Salem Ma to it's new home in Oxford Maryland is now over and I am here sitting on the Sarah Maria on it's mooring in Amesbury, Ma.
The trip was fairly uneventful though sailing at night does have it challenges, as does sailing a new to owner boat for the first time. We made it through the trip a little wiser yet unscathed, except for some damage to the attachments at the top of the mast. ( note make sure to measure the height of your mast).
I woke first thing this morning and had a short debriefing with George Macgown over breakfast. After that I got on my dingy and went down river from the Sarah Maria to the Bella Donna to do some maintenance. A little disappointed, it looked as though someone broke into the boat and robbed me, it looked as though a bomb may have been dropped in the cabin and trash and tools were spread everywhere.
Kidding it is a mess but it usually is just before a charter, or a class, though it is in much worse shape than usual. So tomorrow I will be bringing the Bella Donna to the town dock in Newburyport for a good cleaning and to change the oil. After I will stay along the board walk for a few hours incase any one would like to work on charts or learn how to tie some nots or how to take care of the ends of the rope that they have. If you would like to watch me change my oil we can do that as well, I have a few secrets.
This weekend so far I have a Family hands On Sailing class Scheduled, with some interest for a sailing class either Friday, or Saturday. If you are interested in sailing either of these days or would like to come down to the board walk tomorrow evening give me a call so I can keep an eye out for you or plan to if no one is around.
Keep in mind I watch the weather constantly and do my best not to take any one out in less than favorable conditions.
This week the tides are also in our favor going out all morning then coming in for the evening, so we should be able to pick our times.
Some folk have been wanting to buy gift certificates, or to pay with a credit card, so with this newsletter I am now trying to offer away to buy sailing lessons and packages on line through PayPal. The coupons are at the bottom of the page if you are interested.
So to wrap up this newsletter, you can now buy sailing packages on line, summer is not over yet. With plenty of daylight for an evening sail, what a relaxing way to spend an evening after work.
I am ready to start bringing the Bella Donna to the town dock for rope handling and navigation lessons.
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If you are interested in getting in a sail this weekend give me a call at 508-451-0431 or email me at Captain Ed's Sailing
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.