|At Portsmouth harbor|
Harold and the crew tell us that they had a great trip during the recent men's sail. They went to Portsmouth, Isles of Shoals, Rockport, Marblehead, Provincetown, Sctituate, and Gloucester. Harold says it blew like hell for most of it. Ardelle reached 9.6 knots on the way into Rockport and sailed out into 35 knots under full lowers.
"We thrashed her around a bit, Harold said, but, the boat likes wind and handles a sea beautifully and through all of it only a little spray came on deck." Harold said he had no need for rain gear, and that is dry as it was blowing 35 knots with a full sail to windward on thier way out of Rockport. "She really is a dry boat and I think she will do fine in the really big stuff.," he said. (meaning ocean crossings!) Thanks for the update Harold. Thank you Kathy Slifer for the photos.
Today, Sunday, looks like a great day for a public sail. Check it out at Maritime Gloucester...I think the boat leaves at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.