(Very Little) Boat Stuff
We didn't have a lot of time to spend on the boats, but you can't completely ignore them either. With Jr back in Virginia, it was time to get it back together with the parts we left behind – little things like the mast and boom – that had been stored in Steve's yard during our Erie Canal trip. With fall approaching and the likelihood of more stormy weather, we wanted her ready to move, since Steve's yard can flood during the high tides associated with Nor'easters and hurricanes. We also started taking weight off the boat in an effort to compensate for the weight we had to add for the mast, sails, boom, etc.
As for Orion, we finally completed a self-survey required by our insurance company. We answered a questionaire and got a report from our diver about the condition of the hull. The final step, getting a safety inspection, was taken care of and Orion passed as she always does. The insurance company was satisfied, so we're good for a few more years.
Cathy's sister, Grace, was approaching a milestone birthday, so we joined the family at the beach to celebrate this big event. With lots of remiscenses from the 60's, 70's etc., it was a great time with the extended family. Of course, Grace didn't make it through completely unscathed.
Now that we were back in Virginia, we wanted to maximize our time with the grandkids before school started. We had our oldest visit us on board for a week, and then we spent a week staying with our son's family to watch the kids that last week of August. We rode bikes, baked, sewed, and even jumped on the trampoline. It was a lot of fun.
We didn't head straight home, though. Our next stop was in Jarratt to visit with our daughter's family. We got to do some fun things there too, but maybe the best was taking the kids to school on their first day (pre-school and first grade). Grandpa even made the local paper.
After many less than spectacular race performances on Wednesdays and pretty much every other race, Steve finally placed in the Cape Charles race, coming in 2nd on the first day's leg. Of course, he couldn't have done it without his crew and tactician Dave. Way to go!