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GREYHAWK's Sailing Adventures

October 2008

2008 Season Summary

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Greyhawk won two awards from the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Assocation at their annual awards banquet:

  1. Family Spirt Award, recognizing the fact that our crew consisted of three generations: Bennett, his Mom and Dad, and his maternal Grandfather!

    Photo by Gail Rice
    This photo was featured in the Maine Yacht Racing Yearbook 2009.

  2. 2nd Place, Cruising Class, Central Division Series. We beat the boat that was 1st place, on three out of four days we raced against them (racing was cancelled on the fourth day), but they had more points than us because they had raced in another event that we hadn't.

    Photo by Gail Rice

All in all, GREYHAWK sailed about 1000 nautical miles over the course of the 2008 season. The boat was in the water for 149 days, and was underway for at least 31 of those days. Tim slept on the boat for 38 nights, and he made 14 round-trips in his van between Keene and Boothbay Harbor (or beyond!).

Link to a Thank You Card for the Crew (PDF)

2008 Sailing Crew (races and deliveries)

2008 Shore Crew (boat preparation, logistics support)

Special thanks to Ron Wiswell of Marblehead Trading Company for his perseverance in trucking GREYHAWK up and down our driveway!

Thank You all for a Great 2008 Season aboard GREYHAWK!

Truck Stuck

Here is a ~10 minute 16Mb Quicktime .mov movie file of the truck trying to get the boat up our driveway:


October 27, 2008

GREYHAWK was hauled out by Marblehead Trading Company late in the day on Monday. She was a bit slimey when she came out, but it washed right off:

She was loaded onto the truck, and strapped down ready for the road first thing on Tuesday morning.

Delivery, Boothbay Harbor to Marblehead

October 17-19, 2008

Crew for this trip included Tim Allen, Wendy Allen, Bennett Allen (his first overnight offshore passage!), and Charlie Kerwin. We shuttled cars on Friday, and got underway from Boothbay Harbor around 8:00 on a chilly fall Saturday morning.

Winds were moderate throughout the day on Saturday, but around 22:00 they started to build, until we were running before 25 to 30 knots, surfing down 6 to 8 foot seas, as we rounded Cape Ann and headed into Massachusetts Bay in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Ben wasn't too sure he liked these conditions!

We got into Marblehead around 5:00 and spent an hour or so hunting for our assigned mooring in the dark. Eventually, we just took an available mooring in the general vicinity of where were supposed to be, and then went to bed! Later in the morning, after our naps, the wind was still blowing at 25 knots out of the NNE right into Marblehead. Now in the light of day we found our assigned mooring, move the boat over and stowed everything tight. With the winds and seas as they were, one of the most exciting parts of the whole trip was probably the dinghy ride from the boat to the Cliff Street dock!