2006 Sailing Season Approaches

Posted on Sunday 19 March 2006

It is mid-March, and the sailing season in New England is fast approaching. I will be sailing in about two weeks. I’m hoping to get Pretty Gee in the water during the first week of April. Right now, I plan on driving down to Annapolis the first week of April to hold a christening ceremony, take her out for a test sail and then get her ready for the trip up to Massachusetts. I hope to have her in the Acushnet River by the second week of April.

I might have to go down a bit earlier, depending on the schedule Peter has for the Pretty Gee. I have to deliver the solar panels, GPS unit, handheld VHF cradle and a few other items for the electrical system upgrade. I’ve got everything I need for the upgrade except the Orca Green Marine LED-based TriAnchor-Strobe masthead light. According to UPS, it should be here tomorrow.

Until then, I will brush up on my weather and routing skills using an nice Flash-based online game. The game is a good tool on trip routing, using weather and current data. It also gives a nice overview of weather, air masses and fronts, and how currents and winds can interact. While this may be of interest to the bluewater sailor, I doubt it is of much interest to the daysailor. My record so far is 59 days.

Another nice online sailing tool is the sailboat simulator over at National Geographic. This is a good tool that I recommend to people for understanding the effects of wind on different points of sail. It has a nice description of the point of sail you’re on at the bottom of the screen.

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