Monday, October 03, 2005

I can't believe it's October already!

Sadly, the sailing season is winding down. We spent the weekend at Port Jefferson, and because of work, it's the last cruising weekend of the season for us.

We had PERFECT weather for October! The sun was out and temps were in the mid-'70's; you can't ask for better than that! We got into PJ around 1PM on Saturday, and took the dinghy into the beach, where we shared a bottle of wine while lying in the sunshine and listening to the Yankees/Red Sox game on the solar radio. Then we returned to the boat for an early dinner of grilled garlic/herb-marinated steak, with a side of macaroni salad.

After supper we visited Vern and Sheila on "Pegasus" for a sunset drink. (The photo above was taken earlier this season, but it is from Port Jeff) Back at our boat we crashed early.

Sunday was another perfect day; we woke, had coffee and cinnamon rolls in bed, then took the dinghy over to Pirate's Cove. We beached it near the dunes and climbed to the top of the bluffs, where we had an unbelievable view of the Sound and shoreline. A sailboat race was crawling along in the light winds right off the Mt. Misery shoal buoy.

We walked the beach and collected shells, then headed back to the boat. I dove with scuba to clean the bottom. The water was still pretty warm, considering it's October. Afterwards we ate lunch, then took the dinghy over to Napper beach, where we listened to both the Yankees/Sox and Giants/Rams games over more wine.

Finally, we packed up around 4PM and headed out. There was almost no wind, so we motored back to Milford, arriving around 6:30.

So, we're pretty much done for the year, except for day sailing on the weekends. The Thursday race series ended last week; we opted out due to awful weather earlier in the day. The skies cleared by late afternoon, but the wind was still honking so we gave it a pass.

We had a great year cruising and racing. We spent a total of eight weekends on the boat, along with a five-day July 4th weekend, and an 8-day cruise in August. Plus, we raced on 17 Thusdays, and competed in the Pierce, Commodore's Cup, and MYC Invitational races. All told, so far we sailed on the boat SIXTY days this season.

Hey, at least we're getting a lot of use out of the boat!


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