2017 Chesapeake Bay Rendesvous Recap
Steven Lott, SV Red Ranger
While Monday is the expected arrival day, Sunday had good conditions and several boats arrived early. Our contract with WRSC doesn’t really start until Monday, but, the club was flexible.
The proper content began on Tuesday:
We learned about the refit on Uhane Kai. It’s almost done. She may be departing the Chesapeake next year.
We learned about surveying from a local surveyor, Karen Alt from Anchor Marine Inc.
We discussed weather, and weather resources. Terry, of Island Time, moderated the discussion. Here’s what I jotted down.
Attainable adventure cruising. https://www.morganscloud.com/about/
Modern Marine weather. https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Marine-Weather-Traditions-Technology-ebook/dp/B00BZDR2XE
Delorme in reach weather
Weather underground marine
We learned about the San Blas islands from the crew of Memory. Get Eric Bauhaus’ book.
We learned about dinghy renovation from the crew of Shooting Star. We’re going to buy some ToobSeal for the pinhole leak in our dinghy.
We learned about sewing projects from the crews of Indefatigable and Alembic.
We got some promotional gear from Sailrite, including hats, shirts, and tote-bags. We had a raffle to share the bounty among all the crews in attendance. (I got a new hat.)
And that was just the first day!
On Wednesday, we shared tips and best practices. This was facilitated by Deb, of Island Time, who makes sure that everyone can share their lessons learned with the rest of the Whitby-Brewer family.
The crew of Alembic talked about Western Caribbean destinations. Looking at the hurricane devastation in the Eastern Caribbean made this particularly poignant.
Indeed, the biggest budget issue is the pennant. We have been selling some appliquéd nylon pennants, and it’s time to reorder. The current material doesn’t stand up well in a marine environment. Maybe we should switch to printed dacron? Or appliquéd dacron? Or Sunbrella? Lots of discussion.
Thursday, we bid tearful farewells.