Archive for the ‘Trailer Sailor’ Category

Boats, Constellations, Friends & Mayflies

June 13, 2010

WOW!  Well I needed to do some work on the boat, to be specific, I wanted to mount a new RAM Mount to hold my solar panel.  This new mount would allow me to position the panel in any position needed to optimize its exposure to direct sunlight.  BTW I love my little solar panel.  For my purposes and boat use (mostly weekends aboard and short stays at anchor) this thing is great.  Both batteries fully charged every time I step aboard!  Anyway, that’s a different tale.  And then there is the Echo Charger!  But that too is another story! (more…)

One of Those Rare Days (for June)

June 12, 2010

Well I have just finished one of those weeks from hell.  It ended Thursday night and man oh man was I glad.  So there I was sitting at the desk catching up on the latest news that’s important to me when I decided to check the weather forecast.  Just prior to checking it online, I took a stroll around the yard for a visual.  Wow it was mostly cloudy and the wind was piping up pretty good here at the house.  Back in the house the internet (http://tinyurl.com/mylocalwx) confirmed that indeed the wind was blowin stink with gust as high as 25 kts and forecast to do so for most of the day!  Furthermore, a cloud cover forecast of 75-80% was also predicted.  With temperatures hovering around 90°-92° cloud cover would be a good thing.  And most importantly (well maybe second to the wind forecast) there was only a slight chance of thunderstorms.  To the lake I said and not a moment to loose! (more…)

A Day on the Bay

June 5, 2010

Well it’s that time of year again, time for the CDSOA’s Gulf Fleet Annual Invitational Regatta.  When I first read the announcement, I was delighted to hear that it was scheduled for April 17 and was to be followed by a feast (of epic proportion) of mudbugs and all the trimmings!  I love dem bugs and was psyched!  Imagine the depths of despair to which I sank as the Admiral looked at the same announcement and proclaimed, “you dummy what are you thinking”!  We can’t go to Clear Lake on the 17th (for the life of me I can’t remember why at this juncture but we couldn’t)!  So with a heavy heart I notified the Fleet Captain (David Lark) that I would unable to attend!  I was totally bummed.  No sailing AND no mudbugs! (more…)

If I Only Had Some Wind

May 31, 2010

Well it’s Memorial Weekend at the Lake and we have had a grand time.  Before getting into the details, let each and everyone one of us celebrate our freedom and remember the ones who bought it with their service, their blood and their lives!  God Bless America and her service members. (more…)

The Weather Gage and other meaningful events of the weekend

May 9, 2010

Ahoy there maties, and a hearty ARGH to you.  Well this was another wonderful weekend afloat with the good ship Rhapsody.  I arrived at the marina somewhere around 2100 Friday night.  After stowing the weekend’s provisions I happened upon the MV Anejo’ for a visit with the long absent Captain Benjamin Faught of the S/V Apogee.  Benjamin has been away for several weeks and it was good to see him.  Also aboard that Cub Infested vessel were Captain Tom (Chicago) Schlegle and Ms Rhoda (recent past manager of Applegate Cove Marina)!  It was a joyful evening with great company. (more…)

The Ice Breaker Raft-up April 3, 2010

April 25, 2010

Well the season got underway this weekend with great zeal and enthusiasm following a long cold and difficult winter.  It was decided that there would be a “Gathering” of the hearty sailors and skippers in a wonderful little hole in the wall known locally as “Nancy’s Nook”.  The vessels in attendance included, M/V Anejo’, S/Vs Apogee, Enchantress, Wind Horse and Rhapsody.  The exact location was 35 19.5 N 094 51.9 W which is a great little hole with protection from all directions except NE. (more…)

This and That

February 28, 2010

Well it has been one long, cold and dreary winter here in Oklahoma.  The entire lake froze in early January and it seems as if we just cannot shake Old Man Winter’s death grip!  S/V Rhapsody has not set this still in many a year, however, we broke that spell Saturday!  Yes it was cold, but the skies were perfectly clear, so all the intrepid sailor had to do was wait for the warmest part of the afternoon and viola wind wave and boat did the rest.  The wind was just north of west and blowing about 15 maybe 18 knots and cold even though the temperature by this time was a balmy 52°.  Anyway only two brave souls ventured forth into the teeth of the chill.  Friends in their MacGregor 23 ventured forth bundled up in their Carharts and wool caps. (more…)

The Maiden Voyage of Mini-D

January 18, 2010

Well it has been some time in the making, but finally the time, and a weather window, had arrived for the maiden voyage of the new to us 7.5’ sailing dinghy Mini-D.  It is one cute little bugger and I was very anxious to see how she handled.  Three very noteworthy comments to consider:

  1. a 7.5’ sailboat is very very small.
  2. I am so glad no one had a video camera!  Stills are no where near as revelling.
  3. I am way to fat to be sitting in such a small sailboat (gotta work on that one). (more…)

Nature’s Wind Chime

January 18, 2010

Well it’s January 16, 2010, and I find myself at the boat with the cove still partially frozen and truly some kind of Pacific Northwest weather thing going on, not really cold (temps in the 50s and foggy/drizzly type stuff) and yet so beautiful.  I visited with my friend Steve aboard Enchantress for a bit, and then back to the boat to put stuff away for the night.  Following that I strolled up to Mz Rhoda’s to pick up some E-pics for the website (www.applegatemarina.com), then back to the boat to upload them to the hard drive.  Somewhere in that process Steve dropped by for a chat and by that time it was time for dinner and Steve returned to Enchantress for his steak and potato and I settled in for some good ole left over Corn and Cheddar Cheese Chowder!  YumYumYum! (more…)

Off Topic, yet important non-the-less!

January 7, 2010

WOW!  Recently I was having a conversation with a friend concerning our military retirement.  Well low and behold that evening when I checked the mail, there it was?  Yea, the Department of Defense sent me my application for retired pay!  Although this is just step ONE, I am pumped!  Obviously, it is not a good thing to “wish time away”, but I have now began the process of preparing for retirement. Have I mentioned I am pumped? (more…)