Sailstice Sailors Undaunted by Tornado Threat!
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The Hunter Sailing Association in Maryland had planned a full weekend of sailing and celebrations. It was to begin with a Flag Day Raft-Up on the Friday, after which the hearty sailors would roll into Saturday with the 2015 Commodore’s Cruise, departing from Dun Cove on the Choptank River. The cruise was due to concluded with a Salistice Celebration at the Commodore’s home port at Magothy River/Deep Creek in Arnold, MD.
When the tornado warnings were issued for the River, the staunch sailors started their boat engines and stood ready to break up the raft. However they we were spared anything more than a brief downpour and 25 knot winds.
Saturday produced a few afternoon showers on the Magothy River, but they were intermittent enough that the sailors stayed dry going from the dock to the air conditioned house. Even hearty sailors appreciate modern conveniences.
The afternoon party was enjoyed by 25 sailors who shared a variety of entrees from the grill, ample beverages and great camaraderie. No doubt a few stories were shared as well!
The following day being Sunday and the actual solstice, was set aside for a 'Sail-off'. In fitting style, the merry crews were blessed with fresh winds and a partly sunny sky. Positions were logged on chart plotters at 12.39pm, the exact time of the Solstice in the Chesapeake Bay, just southeast of Annapolis.
"It is time..." -