Saturday, July 29, 2017

Schematic - Annapolis to Newport 2107

This video is from the 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race and the crew of Schematic.  
This is the final version of the video of our race. It is as much practice and experimentation with iMovie as it is the story of our race. I spent way too much time editing it and its my first attempt at a voice over - that needs a lot of work.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Cooks

Get back in the F'n galley! :)

These guys did an amazing job of keeping us well fed and very happy - they definitely added a few knots of boat speed.

Thanks for all the hard work and great cuisine!
You guys are awesome.

Schematic does the 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race

Preliminary in progress video of Schematic and 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race.

This is still a work in progress and will be edited - It is 24 minutes long - the final version will be much shorter. It contains almost all of the decent video shot during the race. There is a lot cursing and bad sound that needs to be edited out and while this has music - it is credited, but is only for private use.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tracking Schematic for the Annapolis to Newport Race

 Tracking Schematic for the Annapolis to Newport Race and the return delivery.

The Race
Here is the site for the Annapolis to Newport Race.

Here is the site to track the boats while racing

We start at 11am on Friday June 2nd   
The boats name is Schematic, Sail No. 50787 We are racing in class PHRF 3

The boats will not be assigned until this Thursday. There are some boats starting on Saturday
I'm hoping that we cross the finish line before sunrise on Tuesday June 6th 

The Return 

I'm planning to leave Newport by Noon on June 8th and getting into the slip on Back Creek in Annapolis by early afternoon on June 11th. It should be a total of about 73 hours to get back.  

You should be able to track us on the return or anytime I'm sailing on this site -

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Windy, Cold & Wet Saturday Sail

Windy Cold & Wet The kind of weather that you want to learn how to sail in - and normally the kind of weather that I would only take an experienced crew out in.

Saturday May 13 the weather was not ideal.  We knew there would be wind, but I thought it might be 15 knots. We had winds gusting over 25 knots, temps in the 50's, and rain on and off. There were very few boats out on the Bay.  That combined with a group of first time sailors made for a real adventure and lots of fun. Check out the video -

Sunday, April 23, 2017

UPDATED 2017 Race Schedule

The CBYRA Green Book came out this week - Here are the races that I'm planning to do.  I expect that we will need a few crew.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Sun Apr 30        Spring Race
Fri May 26-28   Down the Bay
Fri Jun 02-06    A2N
Sat Jun 17         Twilight Race
Sat Jul 08-09     Eastport Boomerang Race - overnight
Fri Aug 04-06   Gov Cup
Sat Aug 19        Boatyard Race for CRAB
Sat Sep 02-03   AYC Labor Day Regatta
Sat Sep 09-10   Race to Oxford
Sat Sep 16         Hospice Cup
Sat Oct 07         AYC Fall Series Distance Race
Sat Oct 14-15    AYC Falls Series Fleet 2

If you can make it, please sign up on the schedule here:

Wednesday Night Racing Starts This Week

The Wednesday Night Race Series kicks off this week.

So here is the plan ...

The boat is in the new slip - I expect someone will show up at Mears. Here is the link to find it. . If you don't have this email - all you have to do is put J42 Schematic in Google Maps. Drive straight in go as far as you can and there is a gravel path to get to the water - there should be plenty of parking - take the gravel path - you have to make a left and slips E1-E14 are on the finger pier. Schematic is at the end on the left in E13 

The skippers meeting is at AYC at 1630 - none of you need to attend - which doesn't leave much time - I'm going to plan to be back at the boat by 5. I'll get there early and open it up and assuming I enough have time, I'll get as much rigged as I can. For those of you who know the boat, I will assume that you will remember what to do - please just do it! Or just get it as far as you can.  Be sure to check out the new spinnaker pole! 

The number 2 may still be on the roller furler - if it is - it needs to be taken off, flaked and rolled up.  I expect that we will want the light No 1 on deck and ready to go. It's looking like very light air. 

The weather is looking a little weird - they are calling for rain in the morning that should stop along with the wind. Temps in the high 60's

When I get back we will pull out of the slip immediately to get out to the starting area.

Race Docs are Here -

We will be on the outer starting area, which is very convenient for us.  I do not know the start sequence or the class flag yet - there is an amendment that will be handed out at the Skippers meeting.

If you have any questions please call. Please let me know if you are not coming so I'm not waiting and if you are running late let me know.

I'll look forward to sailing with you.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

First Sail of 2017

Schematic was already in the water and in the new slip, but weather had not cooperated. We finally got out on Saturday Apr 8 in 20 knots of wind and temps in the upper 40's

Friday, March 24, 2017

AYC Wednesday Night Races

The weather is getting warm and the days are getting longer and sailing season is about to get under way. Schematic is doing the AYC Wednesday Night Races
  • Wednesday nights starting April 26th 
  • The first gun goes off at 1800 (6pm) 
If you are interested in sailing please put your name and which weeks that you can show up.

For NOR & info please click here

Monday, February 13, 2017

Video of 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Race

Schematic during the 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Race on their way to a 1st in class 4th in fleet finish. 

This video is about the crew of Schematic a J/42 sharing all of their secrets of offshore sailing while doing the 2016 Annapolis To Bermuda Race. The race was a total of 750 miles and started June 10, 2016; it took us just under 5 days to complete.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Find Schematic on Google Maps

Schematic can be found on Google Maps - if your in maps and near Annapolis, just search for Schematic and the location will show on the map.

If you go there please add pics and comments.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 Safety at Sea Seminar

For those of you thinking of venturing offshore this is a strongly recommended day long seminar that is great preparation and understanding the risks involved.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

2017 Preliminary Schedule

The 2017 Schedule is starting to take shape.  Right now it is as follows:
March 11      AYC Seminar on Electronics
March 31      Launch boat

Apr 1 or 2     Shakedown sail 
Apr 1 & 2      Safety at Sea Seminar 
Apr 22          AYC Seminar on First Aid
Apr 26          Wednesday Night Race Series 

May 10         Wednesday Night Race Series 
May 17         Wednesday Night Race Series 
May 20         AYC Seminar Navigation 
May 24         Wednesday Night Race Series 
May 26-28    Down the Bay Race 

Jun 1            A2N Registration 
Jun 2            A2N Race Start #1 
jun 6             Boat should be in Newport at Newport Yachting Center 

Jun 8            Delivery to Annapolis 
Jun 12          Back in slip 

Aug 4           Governors Cup 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Schematic Wins Class in 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Race

We had an awesome crew for the 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Race. We beat down the Bay and saw as much at 35 knots of wind in squall out in the ocean.

Schematic took 1st in PHRF 2 Spinnaker class and 4th in Fleet

There is a great shot of Alex O'toole on the bow in Spinsheet

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Getting Ready for Bermuda 2016

This year Schematic will be doing the Annapolis to Bermuda Race.  It is a smaller race 40 boats as opposed to 200 boats, but the distance is longer adding 120 miles of the Chesapeake Bay and the schedule works out better for me.

Here are all the details

The start is June 10th.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Race tracker for the Annapolis to Newport Race

The boat is in great shape and ready for the race. Our start is Thursday June 4th - We are racing PHRF 2

Click here for the Race Tracker

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Launch - Friday April 3, 2015

Schematic will be put back in the water for the season on Friday April 3rd. The boat will need to be moved from Bert Jabins back to her berth at Mears Marina .  The plan is to meet at the boat at 1530, get sails on, shuffle cars, restock the fridge and hopefully get out for a short shake down sail. Let me know if you are interested in joining us.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Newport to Bermuda 2014 Video

I've uploaded a few videos to YouTube - One is a video that I put together with a few tunes that captures a few of the moments of the Newport to Bermuda 2014 Race - we cross the finish line at 8:25

You can check out all of them on Schematic J42 You Tube Channel