So I took some time and traveled across the Chesapeake to find a couple of Sparkman & Stephens' designs that were on sale in Rock Hall. The drive was great, gentle hills, green rye grass everywhere, and a sunny Winter day. Kind of like we have down South in Winter. Snow had not arrived. There was a hint of cold in the bright skies too however. It is a beautiful drive from the Bay Bridge to Rock Hall, and once there it appears to be a delightful country location. Agent told me that it is invaded by folks from Philly in the Summer months!
|This is a cool day on the lake down in the South. Afternoon sun warms up the teak coaming on the portside.|
|Perspective from over my shoulder on a cool southern sail on the lake...|
Temperatures here in Maryland are too cool to be even remotely comfortable for sailing unless you're training for a cold weather event. And the weather has just recently turned very cold. I could see launching for a few hours at the most, and then head back for some warm-up activities for the rest of the afternoon.
Soon I'll be headed back south to a cool winter and some fine lake sailing again. Chris, in Michigan, on Get Kraken, shared some very very frigid pics of his marina on his blogsite (see list to the right). I'm scared to death of such cold! Does make me appreciate our extended sailing season tho. We don't take it for granted either! We've got a bit of protective gear for those days too...it doesn't take much, I'll confess.
We're not out of the woods yet however. The cold pushing-in from the north tends to hit us several times during January and February. And before we know it March comes and we await the countdown to summer heat. So, this is a great sailing season for us!