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Dove II

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© Michael Bagley 2008
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Schooner Races


Cap’n Mike’s Report on the 21st Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race October 2010:

 

 

We can’t wait for the 2011 Chesapeake Bay Race, and we’ve also set our sights on Nova Scotia Schooner Week in August 2011!


After Dove II sailed us to a 3rd place finish in the 2008 Race and 4th in 2009, other commitments blocked our entry in 2010 until opportunity presented itself a few weeks before the Race, and we became a late entry. We sailed with four crew.


Crossing the starting line 10 minutes late turned out to not be a handicap—during the first hour, Dove II sailed us through our fleet, and after 2 hours we had passed many of the schooners whose start time had been even earlier than ours! The wind held light to moderate through the evening until a gale blew down the Potomac River at us around 11 PM.


Neither the gale nor a win was in our forecast. The combination of powerful gusts, too much sail, and not enough crew for the conditions, forced us into “survival mode” for much of the night, and although we finished the race, our survival tactics dropped us from 2nd place at midnight to 4th place at the finish line. Fortunately, our only “casualties” were a shredded jib and a foreboom crutch snatched overboard by the winds.


All in all, a very typical Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race!