In order to race we have to have a rating for our boat. We decided to go with the PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet). After the application Mike received our rating with a handicap base rating of 210. Today we spent about 8 hours putting our race numbers on both sides of our main sail and our jib. Thank goodness our church has a fellowship hall large enough to lay out our sails. It was a lot of work sitting all day on the floor. We're definitely not as young as we would like to be. Lol. Now to hank them back on and get sailing.
We are thrilled to have our adventures on the Chesapeake Bay again in 2023.
Last year we joined the Onancock Sailing Squadron (OSS). We've had a lot of fun with them. They've scheduled weekend sails to different coves along the eastern and western shore. This year there is a trip planned for 2 weeks along the Eastern Shore. We look forward to traveling with the Squadron.
We've also joined the Broad Bay Sailing Association (BBSA) to get experience racing sailboats. They meet and race boats out of Little Creek and Willougby Bay on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They have short distance and long-distance racing on the Bay. We're excited about these extra opportunities. We have never raced before so we're in a new learning curve. We love it! One other thing we did was sign up for the Down the Bay race in May as double handers. In order to sail that way, we had to join another club called Chesapeake Shorthanded Sailing Society (CHESSS). We are going sailing this year like never before!
After 23 years with Neverland, we're getting serious testing her against other boats. We're stoked. :)
We'll do our best to post blogs and video blogs this season of 2023.
We had a fantastic sail back to our home port Davis Wharf today. Winds steady at 15 knots close hauled down the bay. Great crew. Great shakedown. Our chart plotter quit working, and we went back to our old-fashioned charts. Not happy with Sytex brand. We'll get the chart plotter looked at again. But ultimately, we realize that we should stick with Raymarine on all our products onboard. Looking forward to weekly sails.
We want to thank Onancock Wharf and town council for a fabulous stay and the warm welcome during the winter. We had a great place to do work on the boat. We loved the floating docks and protection from the storms. We had lots of friendly visits and drive by waves from locals and visitors alike. Choose Onancock town as a spot of your Eastern Shore sailing. Remember, transients only.
Mike & Monica
We plan to write some notes here about our sail trip and the preparations for it