Wednesday September 2, 2009
Afternoon sail, high 70's F, 5 to 10 knots shifting from north to east.
Sail on a broad reach with the ebb to Darby Creek, then beam and close reach slalom tack nuns and cans crossing the channel PA to NJ to PA to Harrah's.
Begin return and wind has shift to out of the east and with well trimmed full sail have negative progress against the ebb current. Penn Terminal dock cranes are overtaking my little boat. Drop the jib, motor on, sheet in the main to produce a clean airfoil with streaming tell-tales, and motor-sail return to Essington.
A 5 to 10 knot breeze has more power with denser fall air than the light summer air. In a few weeks with air temperature in the 60's F there may be enough dense air in a 5 to 10 knot breeze to overcome the tidal current.
Friday September 4, 2009
Afternoon sail low 80's F, 5 to 10 knot breeze out of the northeast broad and beam reach to Eddystone. Tack between channel and PA to return on close reach and close haul.
Late morning sail, high 70's F, 5 to 10 knot breeze steady from the north gusting to 15. Sail close hauled and close reach to PHL against the ebb and return close hauled with the ebb. Dock against the ebb, cut the motor as the bow approaches the end of the dock tee and coast snug to the floating dock. Gusts build for next half hour then the breeze completely dies.
Early fall sky over Little Tinicum.