Date: Thursday October 10, 2013
Location: Baltimore Marine Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Lots of rain. Forecast promises lots more. Wind from NE blowing from between 10-20 knots with gusts forecast to reach 30 knots today & tonight. PRIDE is obligated to depart for Philadelphia to arrive there Friday. October 11 – 13 is the Old City Seaport Festival. Looks like a wet and breezy motoring trip all night long. Ugh! At least it won’t be really rough like for an offshore trip. The run to Philly is protected by the DelMarVa Peninsula and New Jersey. Except for some bounce we can expect between the Patapso River and the Eastern Shore of the Upper Chesapeake Bay the overall sea-state of The Bay and the Delaware River should be pretty low. But 30 knot gusts will surely slow PRIDE down with the windage of her large and complex rig.
PRIDE is in home waters for the first time since mid May. For all hands it is great to be aboard PRIDE in her home waters. There is lots to do and lots of distraction ashore for those times when crew get time off. For the rest of the sailing season PRIDE will get around The Bay. Forth and back to Philly. Then down to Portsmouth, VA with the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Then back to Maryland and over to the Eastern Shore to Cambridge for some school education sails. Then over to the Western Shore to Annapolis for the annual National Sailing Hall of Fame induction ceremony to the Sailing Hall of Fame. Then back to the Eastern Shore to Chestertown for SULTANA’s Rig-Down Weekend. Then home again to Baltimore where there are a couple of 1812 War documentaries to participate in as well the PRIDE AFTER DARK fundraiser for PRIDE’s 25th Birthday. You do not want to miss that event! Friday November 8th!!! Last but not least for this year will be Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Lighted Boat Parade Saturday evening December 7th. It has been four years since the last time PRIDE participated. Come down to the Inner Harbor and see PRIDE all lit up for the Holidays. Then to rig-down and winter cover and crew dispersal for the Holidays. Busy, busy, busy. Just like all of you faithful readers!
Sometime during the above period in Baltimore there ought to be some day-sails. Maryland weather in the fall can be wonderful as easily as it can be unsuitable for boating. Keep an eye on our web site for possible day sails. Weather permitting…meaning comfortable weather rather than unsafe weather…there will be an opportunity to experience one of PRIDE’s last sails of the year.
Signed Jan C. Miles and the happy to be in home waters crew of PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II