Re: CYOA - Re: Ship's Log 12/26/08
- John - I took your earlier post to heart and decided to go out this afternoon. Checked WeatherUnderground first to make sure there was wind and no forecast of real rain (NAS Pensacola had SSW at 7). Forecast afternoon winds were 5-10, so thought this would e a good 'lazy day' sail.
We got to marina about 1:00, found some wind at marina, so was expecting to see same on Pensacola Bay. We saw 3-4 sailboats as we crossed the high rise brdge over Bayou Chico, and saw 2 more going out as we slipped the lines at the dock.
We motored out through the channel of Bayou Chico as we always do (wife gets squeamish if I try to sail in/out through channel). I'm not sure if the wind died, or whether there was any on the bay at all at that time... Popped sails, cut motor, water had an 'oiley' look that means there isn't even a ripple on the surface, and no wind above either... Floated around for about an hour, then decided to crank up iron genny when rain clouds started accumulating over NAS. One sailboat was being towed back in, as they had no other means of propulsion.
What's the old saying - a bad fishing is better than a good day at work? Same applies to sailing - just to be back on the water today was a great feeling. Maybe we will enjoy another day like yesterday was for you...
Fair wind, following seas...
1975 T-23 GEM # 357
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2008 5:43 PM
Subject: CYOA - Re: Ship's Log 12/26/08
The smell is probably seasonal, exposed mud at low tide in the heat of
summer. It smells like an open septic tank. Looks like a lunar
landscape on google... but sounds like it was a great day on the
water, you lucky.....
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jmonhenderson"
> I had been watching for a break in the weather - meaning a warm day
> after Christmas, sunshine and the absence of small craft advisories -
> and yesterday (12/26) all conditions were perfect, even the tide
> table. So, I cast off the mooring lines and set Lagniappe, my well-
> near-perfect Columbia 28, on a fast sail from Fly Creek Marina in
> Fairhope, AL to Guillard Island on beautiful Mobile Bay. All the way
> 7.5 nau miles on a port tack with speed averaging 5.2 knots. I
> explored the northern two mile side of Guillard with binoculars and
> selected two interesting anchorages to use in the future. Then as
> the wind increased, I hauled away for Fairhope - this time on a
> starboard tack with Captain Jack (the autopilot) at the helm with
> speeds over 6.5 knots. What a perfect sail! Today I'm sore and
> initially wondered why - but in reflection it's the simple fact that
> I have not been sailing much lately. And I miss it. Thus my New
> Year's Resolution: Sail more, dream less.
> ps - Guillard Island, now a bird santuary, will not be on most charts
> of Mobile Bay since it was created by channel spoils from the
> Theodore Industrial channel (I think in the '60s). My GPS display
> shows open water when you are anchored 100 feet away from a riff raff
> (or sandy) shoreline with trees, dense bush and an elevation of 40
> feet or more in places. From a GPS perspective, it's rather like the
> island on the TV show, Lost. But if you go to Google satellite maps
> you'll see a triangular island approximately two miles on each side.
> My recent anchorage there was N 30*31.082 and W 088*02.616. Some
> people think there is a bad smell from all the bird poop but I've not
> noticed it. And I assume it was from the early years and from the
> spoils drying out and not from the abundant wildfowl population.
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