Hello fellow CHESSSmates,
I'm writing to keep in touch with you and let you know that we're still here and still working.
2018 has been a horrible year for anything outdoor related. It's been one stalled front after another, or hurricanes passing through epic levels of rain. Multiple openings of the Conowingo dam spillway (including another scheduled for this weekend!) have sent record levels of hazardous obstacles into the Chesapeake Bay and its western tributaries. This has caused unprecedented race cancellations, including the first ever Governor's Cup cancellation.
At first, I was very concerned about the sharp drop in member participation but I have observed that the entire bay sailing community has experienced a large decrease. PHRF and one design race attendance has been far off of the mark. We're hoping for a fall dry out for the last few races this year and we predict that our members will come roaring back next year, anxious to race and sail after sitting on the sidelines for much of 2018.
For those of you who were unaware, we try to submit an article to Spinsheet each month. I'll try to remember to provide a link to the article for you. Here's September's link: https://issuu.com/spinsheetpublishingcompany/docs/sept_ss_2018/1?e=18283236/64143519
On the sailing front, opportunities for racing are not over yet. We have an invite to the PSA Rock Hall Race on Saturday, October 6th and we do have 2-3 boats who have expressed interest so far. We also have an invitation to participate in the Baltimore Harbor Cup on Saturday, October 20th. If we get six boats, we'll get our own start. Here are the links to registration:
BCYA Harbor Cup: http://www.bcya.com/hcup/
I'm sure that most of you know about the Annapolis Sailboat Show that will be running from October 4th through October 8th. I encourage you to post on our Facebook or Google forum pages to arrange meetups with other CHESSS members. It's a great way to meet up in person, review the new gear and investigate new ways to make singlehanded sailing safer and more efficient. I'd love to post write-ups from any of our members who attend the boat show, who discover any clever new products or techniques, and share them with the community.
Finally, the big news is that we have engaged global circumnavigator, Jerome Rand to speak at our general member meeting on Saturday, November 17th. If you haven't heard of Jerome Rand, it's not very surprising. Jerome very quietly circled the globe on his Westsail 32 "Mighty Sparrow" with no fund raising efforts and only one shore support member to provide occasional weather routing information. We hope you'll attend.