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.
A few weeks ago I took my boat out from Windmill Point at the Rappahannock River. I planned to go north and explore Fleet’s Bay, but changed my mind and went where the wind blew. I went 26.2 miles in 5.5 hours with an average speed of 4.8mph and a max of 7.8mph.
Yesterday I took my boat out from a boat ramp on Carter’s Creek in Irvington to two islands in the Rappahannock River. I went 20.5 miles in 6 hours with an average speed of 3.4mph and a max of 7.3mph.
Last week I took my boat out from the public boat ramp on the East River in Mathews to the New Point Comfort lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay. I went 23.2 miles in exactly 5 hours with an average speed of 4.6 mph and a max of 8.1 mph.
Yesterday I took my boat out from Gwynn’s Island to Wolf Trap Light in the Chesapeake Bay. I went 21.1 miles in 5.5 hours with an average speed of 3.9 mph and a max of 6.8 mph.
A few days ago I took my boat out for the first sail of 2020. I’ve made a number of improvements and wanted to give them a test, so I set out from the public boat ramp on Gwynn’s Island. Here’s my writeup of the trip: https://sailingmoga.com/gwynns-island-2020/