I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed an organized event so much. Generally I don’t like to be told what to do when, where, or how. And standing in lines … forget it, but this past weekend’s event the Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels, MD was a wholly different experience. It had it all: great weather, good people, terrific food, and … wonderful small boats of all description (+/- 125). Add to that, I enjoyed 4 days of solo time with my youngest boy. Oh, and lest I forget, we won some ribbons! Una was voted runner up in looks and we won our class in the 2 races offered.
|the skipper with the loot.|
To make a quick and proud victory story, conditions were blustery 15-20 kts. Out of +/-55 boats we were 6th or 7th off the port favored start line. In the shadow of larger boats we tacked to starboard, got fresh air and a lift to windward. Now 3rd to reach the windward mark suddenly the tiller stick exploded. A quick attempt to lash a repair failed as we rounded the mark and clipped the buoy. A second lashing held as we re-rounded the mark falling to boat number 6. A close reaching leg took us to the finish in the harbor. Una planed in the buffs, bout the course ended before realizing any gains. Still, we won our class (double mast boats) by quite a margin. I hadn’t raced in decades and Una thrilled me to no end with her performance. Had we not lost the tiller extension, I’m confident we could have gotten a 2nd overall. I know, if wishes were horses …
We tent camped under the pines on the Chesapeake Maritime Museum grounds. Breakfast and dinners were provided. Some of the best oysters and steamed crabs war Friday night fair. I could go on, suffice it to say that after attending the Annapolis U.S. Sailboat Show for years, I won’t miss it. None of the frenetic hucksterism of that show was present. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for making money, but that is not why I sail and it was refreshing to be away from those trendy and god-awful “living rooms with a stick”. I can’t remember the last Annapolis show where I saw a boat I’d like own (unless it is the diminutive standout Melonseed. When I first noticed them, they were $4,500. Now they ask for $12,000. Ouch! The only trading going on in St. Mikes was a small swap opportunity under a tent Sunday. All in attendance seemed to be good people who love small boat and enjoyed sharing them. So, in no particular order are some images throughout the weekend.
|“Una” and her specs|
|vane to be copied?|
|just a view|
|Friendship and pram|
|New friends Alan, Maryanne and Didi steering “Dark Star”|
|vintage sailing canoe|
|George’s Crotch Island Pinky|
|Skin on frame Greenland kayak|
|young lad’s pond yacht|
|Peter and his Caledonia Yawl “Nip”|
|boat yard in the tide|
|hot rod racing skiff|
|John rigging his CY|
|Museum’s clinker Melonseed|
|skipper testing a CLC Petrel Play|
|messing about in boats|
|Barry and his beautifully built Melonseed “Aeon”|
|crew ready to go!|
|Dale – 1/2 man and 1/2 F-1 kayak.|
|skipjack and ferry|
|“Aeon” and friends|
|skipper with a lashed tiller out for his morning sail|
|Shelly Moth over fearing|
Pictures don’t do it. I was told I wouldn’t know unless I go. Glad I didn’t risk missing it. We’re ready for next year!
4 thoughts on “Sometimes You Need A Push: MASCF 2014”
I think I got a photo of you and your son at the start. Will post at some point.
Yeah? Cool. I hope we aren't just luffing there for the start because we didn't have a watch.
I'd appreciate seeing it. Been enjoying your posts!
Post up on Earwigoagin with photos from the MASCF sailboat race.
Thanks! Yeah, who goes racing without a watch? I see we still had the mizzen luffing. We were still 4 or 5 off the line. It was a great time. Good photos Tweezer.