My first long daysail was in a 1977 Sunfish to a little island that’s since washed away. Here’s a recap as best I can remember.
In mid September my wife and our parents went down to Ocracoke Island for a week long vacation. We stayed in a cottage on Lighthouse Road and had access to a dock at the southern end of the harbor, so of course I brought my sailboat. It was a pretty windy week, but I did manage to get out on a long daysail. I ended up going 41.6 miles to nowhere in 8.5 hours. My average speed was 4.8 mph and I hit a new top speed of 9.2 mph!
My wife and I are down at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina on vacation and on Saturday I went on a daysail to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on the South Core Banks. To get there I circled Shackleford Banks which meant I had Moga out in the Atlantic for a few miles. There were tons of boaters though, more than I’ve ever seen. I went 32.7 miles in 8.5 hours with an average speed of 4 mph.
I’ve been messing around with making a topsail for my boat lately, and it’s finally been nice enough to go for a sail and give it a try. I went 18.3 miles to nowhere in particular, although I did get a picture of myself from a traffic camera.
Recently I went on a 34.3 mile daysail around the Mobjack Bay starting from the boat ramp on the Ware River. My average speed was 3.8 with a max of 6.9 mph. It was a pretty good day, although there were a few hours of rowing and drifting when the wind gave out.
Last Saturday I went on my first overnight beach cruising trip from Windmill Point to Tangier Island and back. It was 68.5 miles and my average speed was 3.4 mph. The winds were light and contrary, but sailing went fine. My camping setup is woeful, so that will need some improvement. I learned a ton on this trip too with a near miss on a lee shore at night.
Earlier this week we had some nice weather so my wife and I took Moga out on the first sail of the year. It was just a short 3.5 mile cruise down the narrow Mill Creek, but it was enough to see that all of the improvements and repairs I did over the winter are working well.
Last Friday I decided to go for a super long daysail from Windmill Point to Gloucester Point. I went 40.8 miles in just over 10 hours with an average speed of 4.1 mph and a max speed of 7.9 mph. It was a long, but uneventful day.
A few days ago my wife and I sailed out to the Wolf Trap light in the Chesapeake Bay. This was my second time and her first. After rounding the light we stopped at a sandbar for the afternoon where my homemade anchor was put to the test. We went exactly 23 miles in 5.25 hours for an average speed of 4.4 mph.
A few weeks ago my wife and I took the boat out to a sand bar on the eastern end of Gwynn’s Island for a beach day. The trip was only 6 miles, but we had a great day on the sand and some excitement on the way home. It was a good test for my homemade anchor in light and flukey winds.