Sneaking out and First Overnight

Was working away Thursday when I got a text from Jon saying want to cut out for an afternoon sail, so the answer was yes. Took a couple hours of leave and headed down boat. We went out for an early sunset sail, had nice sail and came back late.

Now my plan was to take Friday off and do some minor work and take a day sail, picked up Alex, local sail boater and we went out for a light wind sail which was nice. Then set about setting up for the night. Tried to get the AC running but could not get the pump working. Things cooled down and I had a nice night in the V-Berth (should have sleep in the main cabin) as there was no reason to squeeze into the V with two nice bunks waiting for me.

Sun came up to fog and a coffee, spent some time checking out the AC pump then off to Sailboat show.

Finished the show, passed up the 300k boats and headed off to the beach.

History – previous owners

I was on the Columbia Owner’s Site ( ) and I saw an old email address for the second owner of Full Sail so I sent him an email and he replied. See Blow:

Hey there skipper,
Good to know that she is doing well. I was the second owner. First owner was the organized genius. I bought her as Vela Lena in 2001. Renamed / translated to Full Sail. Spent 13 years updating and making my own. Good to see you are doing the same. Did the previous owner trade up to another boat? Surprised it was sold so soon. Loved looking through your website.
Rob Fowler
Solomons, MD

Rob also pointed me to the original owner’s site ( which is well worth perusing.

Full Sail has spent 25 years with first owner, 13 with second, two with the next. I hope I get to spend many years at her tiller.
Capt. Dan

Tax day on the Bay

Saturday on the Bay,

Martha, Minh, Elena and James went out for a short sail out to Thomas Point. As it was the children’s first sail we had a full briefing for them before leaving the dock. Clearly I need to create a before the sail video to help acquaint new sailors to the boat and boat safety rules.

We beat against the wind all the way out past Turkey Island and then we got a nice breeze, a bit cool but nice. From the lighthouse we went south to bring us in to a beam reach coming back in and it was a smooth trip back. With kids and parents on the deck house once we got into Shelly Bay.

Other than some usual kids boredom, and lack of ipad’s to entertain it was a great afternoon. I still need to work more on docking with a breeze as it was a challenge, which we overcame.

Saturday on the bay

We finally got out Saturday, Jon, Bailey and I took to the high sea’s for a quick trip out to Thomas Point lighthouse. We went out fine however it was cool out there and no sun till we came back. All in all we had a good time and it was Bailey’s first time and she was teaching us all water safety from her don’t drown classes.
Fun times