Welcome to the home about the sailing adventures of the Perry Family. We launched the boat! Ready for Fall sailing! Thanks for dropping by!

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

What an exciting Labor Day weekend; one of the best in years! Last week we launched s/v Coming About so we would have a place to sleep. What a great decision. 

Evelyn brought her friend out to the lake and they when sailing on the Sunfish to explore areas around the lake. She wanted me to go sailing with her and I said 'no' knowing they would be fine. Even so, I worried each time they went out. Turned out they had no issues and a lot of fun!

Campfires brought unexpected new friends as we bonded with an experienced Hobie Cat sailor with Parkinson's. He was still sailing and planned to enter the Sunfish Masters Regatta. He was going to rent a club boat but Marla offered her Sunfish to use. This was his first time on a Sunfish and I helped him learn the basics of the boat and he spend the afternoon sailing around. I also raced in the regatta and ended up placing third. This was my first race of any kind and was the most work I've ever done sailing... even times when we had heavier wind and waves. Something about racing just amps up everything!

Family was out at the lake as well. Marla's brother camped all weekend and my brother and his family came out an enjoyed sailing with us on Sunday. The fireworks that evening didn't disappoint either.


Say What?

Are you sitting down? No really! You'll want to sit down for this news.

Wait for it...


Marla and I decided to just go out to the lake and put the boat in the water ourselves. I was not gifted with the super power known as 'backing up a trailer'. 

We were not going to put the boat in the water. The flood, other stuff interfering with our schedule, and little motivation on my end kept the boat dry. But dang it! Fall is the best time for sailing! Plus we couldn't find a campsite for Labor Day weekend either.

It's going to be great this Fall!


Sailboats Only!

The great flood of 2019 came and washed out many of the safety buoys around the cove... most lost and never found. I decided to take a Friday off and head out to the lake to help with new buoys to keep swimmers and sailors safe for the Labor Day weekend.

First time on the tractor.

Used the crane to lift the buoys and anchors onto the boat.

Dragging a buoy around to position it in the cove

All done!

There is still a lot of work to be done from the flood and it's good to have our buoys back.


Sunfish Sailing

"When are you putting the boat in the water?"

That is question often asked now that the flood waters have receded. Honestly I just haven't been motivated to put it in. Sailing on the Sunfish has been fun but admittedly we haven't been out as much as I would have liked.

Evelyn is getting good at dragging her boat and launching it on her own... with a little help from me. 

I need to check those wheel bearings and grease them up.


Perfect Day of Sailing

What a great day sailing! We headed out around 8am as rain and storms approached the lake. It rained off and on for a couple hours but we setup the boats anyway knowing it would stop. I fixed the broken end cap and tried to add a cleat the mast but I messed that up. Something to fix later.

Mark and I headed out for our first sail. We didn't set any speed records. Wind was light and variable so it was a good start to the day.

First Sail
We headed out for our second sail which turned into an exciting journey across the lake. Wind and waves continued to build but the boats handled well and were dialed in just about perfect. We explored the far cove zig zagging our way around. Our average speeds were up and we hit 10.5 knots on the way back!

Second Sail
We ended the day with a third sail. Fairly quick pace. The downwind leg at the end was gnarly as we sailed down waves plowing the bow into and under the water. The constant threat of an unintended jibe kept us on our toes. A good end to the day!

All in all the boats handled well and we managed to keep from capsizing! We didn't stay dry... the waves were crazy today.

The lake levels were down from last week. A little more parking lot and beach were showing.


The Sunfish Fleet

The lake is still flooded but the water is slowly receding. The beach at Sailboat Cove is returning. We're parked under the trees but at least it's there now.

It was a fun day sailing. Marla is enjoying her boat. While out just as it was getting interesting my the end cap on the boom broke causing my sail to flap around. I immediately started back to the cove hoping to avoid tearing some of the grommets out of the sail. Even crippled I managed 6 knots headed back.

Interested to discover that the old end cap was made from wood!

It was a fun day of sailing.

The flooding has taken a toll on the trees. The old giant fell over. Many of the newly planted trees are not fairing well either.

First Sail 2019

The lake levels are going down and we took the opportunity to sail for the first time this year.

Marla got her Sunfish out and it was great having a boat for each of us now to go exploring. Marla's brother had his two Sunfish out sailing as well. Not a bad day at all... except I'm tired and sore this morning!

The lake is still flooded and we launched near a campsite which recently had been flooded. The 'shoreline' was probably 30-50 yards closer than normal. It was a stinky and sloppy mess. Can't wait for the lake levels to recede more so we can have Sailboat Cove back to normal with the nice beach.

Our S2 is still out of the water. I don't expect to launch it until late June when the lake levels are down more.


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