Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This is Our Winter?

Northeast Florida presents a number of unique challenges to the small craft sailor in the summer. Our typical forecast is hot and relatively still in the morning with a thunderstorm in the afternoon. That has been the case this week but we have been through a drought in the past few months.

So I find for the most part that a decent wind has been either stifling or teamed up with an eminent or actual electrical storm. Not so good.

On the other hand winter here, although it can dip below freezing, is very often great for sailing. It presents good wind, brisk temps and wide open waters void of all except an occasional fishing boat. When my friends in Maine and England are buttoned up we are out and about on the rivers and coastal waters.

Fall and spring are mutually agreeable, but maybe our summers and winters are flipped. I wouldn't mind a bit of discourse on that.

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