Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sailing Weekend at Ft Desoto

Sailing season is just around the corner so the WCTSS got an early start with a day-sail at Ft Desoto.  A few of us camped at DeSoto camp ground.  We had beautiful weather with a nice breeze and the usual afternoon thunderstorms stayed away both Friday and Saturday.

 Friday afternoon view from the campsite we shared with John and Colette Johns

 Friday afternoon we sailed in company with John and Colette on their Hobie TI.  Took a break to go swim on a sand bar.  I left the anchor in the van so was trying to keep Goat in place by jamming the dagger board into the sand.  Not a very good plan as eventually the wind caught the sail just right and the boat tripped over the board. 

 Colette and Kristi just laughed at our antics.

 Friday evening back at camp.

 Doug Engh's, Penobscot 14.

 Ron Falkey's Dalliance tri.

Goat up on the grass bank above high tide line.  Every time Kristi and I are able to drag the boat around we are grateful to designer, Michael Storer, for such a light boat.

 Penobscot 14

 Eric and Jane DeVoe's beautiful Welsford Houdini, "Belafonte"

 Heading out Bunces Pass.

Out in the Gulf.  Ron says: "sheet that thing in or get out of my way".

 Exploring a little sand bar on the north side of Bunces Pass.  It was too rough to beach the boats.  Ron wisely just sails by.

 These characters had already staked out high ground on the shoal.

 First outing of i550 "Hot Canary" Bill, Luke and Joy on board.

 Lunch on the protected side of North Beach.

"Hot Canary" doing her thing.

This critter stole our raspberry muffins from inside the van.  We initially wanted to exact massive revenge.

Later we found out she had a really cute baby so all was forgiven.

 We had a great fire both nights.  Initially there was some questioning of my fire making prowess.  Drastic measures had to be taken to protect my honor.  Retinas were seared.

 Sunday morning sky looked ominous but the storms did not materialize.

 Waiting on a free snack from the fishermen.

 Ron gave Doug a tow back to the ramp.

Camp all packed up and ready for the 15 mile trip home.  


  1. As usual Simon you photos are excellent. Wish I could have been there.

    1. Thanks Dale, you missed a good one. See you on the water.

  2. Great memories all around! --Doug