I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Friday started out with a terrible storm at about noon time. We delayed our departure to the lake because the storm was heading up to the lake.
When we got there, I understand that C-dock broke again. Martha asked me to contact the club members to have boats that have slips in C-76 to the end needed to move their boats so that work can be done to repair the dock properly. People will be relocated for 2-3 weeks. Friday night we just talked about what was happening and people were trying to scope out a new temporary slip. On Saturday, people continued to come up and relocate their boats.
At 10AM we had the Captain’s meeting and handed out flower petals for the “Blessing of the Fleet”. Rick Roundtree headed out to set up the wreath. David Hughes (Expedition), a vet, and his friend from NC Sail, Dave Reynolds was to lead the fleet past the wreath. At 11 AM Rick recited a beautiful “Blessing” giving thanks to our men and women in service and smooth sailing to all of our club members. Expedition had engine trouble and could not lead the fleet so M & M did. We had about 12 boats pile through. Then several boats returned to the marina, some went out for a day sail and nine boats headed up to Clarksville. The winds were light. Some people flew their spinnakers but the wind died out by the Big Island and most people motored up to Clarksville. We heard that Aquila had some issues and turned around to do repairs. The trip took about 3.5 to 4 hours. Even our new members Kat and Thomas on Skidoo (Capri 22) made it up to Clarksville. Cynosure, Brenda Gail and M&M did not want to chance going under the bridge so we anchored on the south side. Chiang Mai had trouble getting good anchorage and after 1 hour of trying, they gave up and headed back to the marina. Tenacious cautiously went under the bridge with Tail Wind and Unplugged monitoring the mast. Odyssey was already anchored. After about 1 hour, the winds changed coming from the south and spun us around. Brenda Gail pulled anchor and went into the cove on the other side of the bridge.
By 5:45 PM we started to dinghy to the shore. Cynosure and M&M had a 20 minute dinghy ride from the other side of the bridge. We met on shore and then walked up to the Pizza Pub for dinner. Several people drove up from the marina. We had about 35 members join us. We had a pleasant meal and enjoyed talking with most of you. At 8 PM we headed back to the shore. We sat down on the lawn and talked some more before everyone departed in their dinghies. It was an uneventful night. (no storms).
Several people got together for breakfast at the Lamplighter. It seems this year they had better service. By 11 AM, we were pulling anchor to head back. Tail Wind was going to stay out in a cove somewhere for another night. Odyssey headed out first. When Tenacious went under the bridge, Eddie said his VHF antennae touched the bridge. Brenda Gail, M&M and Tenacious followed one another back. Cynosure caught up by the powerlines. We heard Aquila on the radio they were up by the rock wall heading out to meet us. We then put up our sails but the wind was light. Tenacious then put their sails up not letting M&M get the better of her. Cynosure anchored by Gilligan’s Island for lunch and swimming. They were going to stay out another night. When we neared the Big Island cut through, the wind picked up. We had a nice sail down to Henderson Pt. At that point we headed to UNC to see some friends. Brenda Gail and Tenacious headed back to the marina.
Several people were going to see “Pirates of the Caribbean” at the Henderson Drive-in. We had a nice group sitting on the dock talking and drinking near Whine Cooler. Chesley and Mel took Unplugged out for a night sail with Patricia and Dan. As the group broke up for the evening, I went below to watch a movie. On Monday, the sun was out bright as can be. We did a few projects and then got ready to go out. We wanted to try out our Spinnaker. We got the chute up but there wasn’t much wind. We saw Symphonia trying to sail then anchored at Hibernia for a swim. We motored up to Kimble Pt with Querida where we saw Tenacious and Wrenagade were have fun sailing. We then turned around and headed for Clambake Cove for a swim. Tenacious and Querida joined us. When we saw a little wind we pulled anchor and headed out for a sail. By the time we got into the main body of water, the wind died. I was too hot so we anchored again this time in front of Hibernia while the others went back to the marina. We came back to the dock at 5 PM. It was a great weekend both weather wise and spending it among friends. Hope everyone had a good time.
Our next club event is the weekend of June 10th. Friday night is Docktails. This theme will be margaritas. Regular, strawberry, peach etc.. Saturday is the last of the spring races and Saturday night we will have a hot dog dinner. The club will provide the hot dogs and buns and Ketchup, mustard and relish We will need everyone to bring a side dish or dessert to round up the meal. I will see about having it up at the new Gazebo. I will need some kind of head count next week so we have enough hot dogs. Have a great 2 weeks.