Tonight, Friday, May, 31, Hances Point Yacht Club will hold its first official, informal, Friday night race of the summer season, followed by a Mexican style feast for members and guests alike.
For about twenty minutes last week, hearty skippers were laboring under the impression that last Friday, was going to be the first race of the summer season, but mother nature had other plans. Winds were from the N/NW all day, with sustained winds around 20 to 25kt, gusting to 30kt, which drove water out of the bay, keeping tides low up and down the bay.
At one point, the winds did die off a few notches, for a few minutes, the above mentioned 20 or so, whereby skippers thought that maybe the race would start, but shortly thereafter, the wind kicked up again, and the low tide made an appearance, almost 4 feet shy of normal on the North East River. Micheal Wagner from the North East River Yacht club stopped around to drop off maps of the NERYC race course we all seem to favor on the river, and said he had sent his race crew home after witnessing first hand the howling wind and low water conditions.
Two of the hearty skippers did head out on Saturday, in much the same conditions, and headed south for a spot of cruising, only to find the nearest, best shelter in Worton Creek, where they had to grab moorings instead of heading deeper in where the normal anchorage is located, due to the shallow water.
Better Cruising was to be had on Sunday, as the wind shifted due west and dropped to the 15kt range, which made for a single tack from Elk Neck State Beach all the way down to Pooles Island and Fairlee Creek.
The inlet to Fairlee Creek, tricky on a good day, was complicated by a large sailboat aground in the channel at low tide, just before 5pm. The channel opened up at around 6pm when the boat popped off the sandbar and headed out to more favorable depths. It was a bumpy ride in for sure, but as the wind tailed off the water returned to the bay, and allowed for normal access to the basin.
This weekends weather is going to be much warmer and bit shy on the winds, but hopefully it will allow the races to go on, and the dinners to be served.
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