Sometimes You Need A Push: MASCF 2014

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 …

Tops to all that was to meet so many wonderful folks. Lots of these people I knew from other blogs or forums regarding boating. It was a terrific event. People of all ages with their loved boats. It made a great combination in a quaint and lovely town.
 

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.

museum sharpie

 

small leak

 

Grandpa Checkers

 

Saturday afternoon

 

Friendship Sloop

 

“Canvasback”

 

“Una” and her specs

 

vane to be copied?

 

just a view

 

good guy

 

sweet transom

 

“Elf”

 

more view

 

Friendship and pram

 

New friends Alan, Maryanne and Didi steering “Dark Star”

 

vintage sailing canoe

 

George’s Crotch Island Pinky

 

a Coquina

 

more canoe

 

Skin on frame Greenland kayak

 

boats

 

pulling boat

 

young lad’s pond yacht

 

tank testing

 

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.

 

Dark Star

 

excellent musicians

 

skipjack and ferry

 

oyster tonging

 

happy sailor

 

“Aeon” and friends

 

dory

 

whery

 

high class

 

Sunday morning

 

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!

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