January 2020 had Patricia and I down in the BVI’s on someone’s boat, not as real sailors but rather that as guest for a week. The Arabella, a 157 foot triple mast sail boat. The trip was an ASA charter and we had a great time.
I have never been on a ship like this one, With it’s full set of sails flying we skimmed past Whites Bay before dropping anchors off Soggy Dollar Bar.
Our trip was great although we came home to join our family in Delaware where my son Jon was attempting to recover from a heart event. Sadly I need to report that my First Mate, Jonathan Freedman, passed in February. Jonathan will be forever missed.
Sadly we pulled the sails and closed up the boat today for the season! Next step is for Holiday Point to winterize her and fine an easy out location for her to sleep on the hard.
I have a few projects for the winter:
1. Install a new knot meter sensor,rerun the AC wires to HVAC (they are a bit short and I don’t like tight wires.
2. Install either an arch or davits on stern for the solar panels and AIS and long range Wifi (Maybe a new Bimini with short hardtop and room for canvas bridge to the dodger).
3. Flush out motor heat exchanger
4. More to come
Highlights of the season:
Connected with lots of people on the GoSailing app, and took quite a few out for day sails.
Went out in bad weather and got lost at mouth of eastern and Chesapeake bay and had to call for tow (thank you Boat USA). Along the way on that trip I got a compression fracture of L-1 while stuck in bow pulpit watching tow lines start to engage (learned from that one! 6 weeks off the boat “sad”).
Got new slip and had to learn how to euro dock (prop wash city).
Got caught in a squall coming out of Annapolis after waiting out another one and was surprised how well Full Sail handled 30 knots wind with main not reefed (long story some time).
All in All a great learning season!
PS: Off to VI Sailing School in Jan to pick up sun, sailing, learning and more certs