CSC Members & Friends head out of Stingray Point Marina for a glorious weekend cruise up the Rappahannock to a favorite overnight anchorage/raft on the Corrotoman’s eastern branch. Five yachts rafted up on Walkure’s anchor for the night. Participating were Ondine, Carmella, Marybelle, Ula & Die Walkure.
A sailor could not have ordered better sailing conditions, flat seas, sun and favorable and fresh breeze with all yachts nicely making way. Lunch time was spent tacking about the Rappahannock just north of the Route 3 bridge. Sailors seem to always enjoy friendly competition. Sunsets early this time of year, so by 3p all were heading for the eastern branch of Corrotoman. It was quite the site seeing all five yachts under sail all the way to anchorage!! Real sailors for sure. Walkure’s big blue gennaker was set in ideal conditions and enjoyed!
Once the hook was down and all secure it was Dark & Stormy (sailor’s rum refreshment after a hard day at sea) time followed by a wonderful evening gathering, beautiful sunset, story telling, evening meal and night caps!
The following morning the first cups of coffee were enjoyed at sunrise. Morning breakfast and plans for the sail back to marina discussed. Another beautiful day under sail east on the Rappahannock with winds building later in the afternoon.
On the return leg See Hexe with CSC members on board met us on the Rappahannock for a few photo opportunities and sail by.
All yachts were all fast in their slips Sunday afternoon – all agree it was one of the best sails/gatherings of the season – a great way to close out the warm weather season.
Both See Hexe and Ula were hauled for the winter two days later and Walkure is wintering in her slip on A dock with anticipation of few winter season sails.
As February arrives, club boat preparation for the 2018 season opening begins!