We soon discovered, that even with our best efforts to provide her with an extended tongue trailer, this did not prevent us from having to push the trailer further out into the river. The launch ramp simply was not deep enough to facilitate an easy trailer launch. Thanks to the tried and proven method of attaching a solid 3/4 inch nylon rope to trailer and trailer hitch, we were able to toss the dory into the water. Then we were able to pull the trailer out, somewhat awkwardly I would say, because the trailer's 5th wheel has to become the forward point of travel when it was never meant to travel much!
We spent two days racing with the Cape Dory fleet at the RRYC and had an enjoyable time with them, learning new tricks of the trade like "Pep's" unique style of handling a dory and fellow out-of-towner Larry's winning approach for the Corinthian fleet--well done Larry! In the last post, Larry and daughter Sarah are in left and right photos of folks eating. They sailed their day-sailor Cape Dory to victory in the Corinthian division of which the Baggy Wrinkles found herself for two days. The winds seemed fickle and listless at times, and yet the race committee did some great work finding the wind and each day of the event provided plenty of wind, in fact, great wind for competition.
So, this caused us some anxiety when we were done with racing about on the Rappahannock. We skipped the final race of the day, leaving us about mid-fleet in our efforts at the races for the weekend--a good show we thought! But heading-in, we had prearranged for a haul-out by Mr. Friday, really his name, who yanked Baggy Wrinkles out of the river without strain as shown below. As this photo shows, there really is nothing left to do but watch in amazement at this haul-out.
The lift was able to balance the dory just right and provide a drama-free out-haul for us. Another out-of-towner sailor, Phil, watches with me as the haul-out takes place. His fellow sailor and dory are barely seen in the photo above. They provided some additional moral enthusiasm for the event.
Mr. Friday did excellent work with the 50 ton lift. The 1 ton Baggy Wrinkles rocked a little but sat down rather quietly on the trailer upon arrival.
We inspect the positioning before set-down and then Mr. Friday lined up the keel and laid her into position.
After he laid her onto the trailer I thought this was the best $40 bucks I'd spent in a long time!
So here I am relieved that we don't have to toss and drag the trailer. After a long day of waiting for the wind, then sailing in a nice breeze, the diminishing capabilities suggest it is time to take down the mast, stow the cables, and trailer back to the RRYC for some final beverages and goodbyes as the weekend of sailing at the Nationals comes to a fine end! If we head north to the event in a couple of years, we'll definitely be using this service which was made available to all entrants at an economical price.