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Update on the Fleet

It is cold, and I miss sailing. Before we know it, the 2019 sailing season will be upon us. That is the good news. The bad news is that we must survive another couple of months until things really ramp up on the water. You might be wondering what to do in the meantime. I would like to offer a few suggestions to satiate your sailing bug. Every month I make mention of the need for volunteers to help work on the boats. This year is no exception, and work will begin in February. For those that have offered help, you will hear from me soon. For those that have yet to reach out, please do ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Aside from the maintenance on the Club's boats, there are several other ways to stay connected to the water. There are numerous interesting podcasts available on your favorite podcast app. I would encourage you to listen to the "Shooting the Breeze Sailing Podcast" by Jeffrey Wettig. Jeffrey is from the Northern Bay and covers local, national, and international sailing. His podcast is professionally produced and high quality. I have been in touch with Jeffrey over the past several months; he may join us or produce an episode about the 2019 VA Governor's Cup. He was gracious enough to mention WRYC in the introduction to his 100th episode – quite an honor.

Some other notable podcasts are "On the Wind Sailing" and "How I think About Sailing" by Andy Schell, "Single-handed Sailing" by Matt Rutherford, "The Bonnie Boat Sailing Podcast," and "Around the Bay with Scott and Sharon." On YouTube, there are several entertaining channels including "Adventures of an Old Seadog," "The Adventures of Tarka," "Drake Paragon," and "59 North Sailing." Finally, there are dozens of wonderful sailing books. Anything by John Kretschmer is worth reading. The classic authors such as Moitessier, Knox-Johnston, and Slocum are must reads. One of my favorites is Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi.

With that, fair weather is right around the corner. In a few short months the Sunday Sailing Series, Adult Sailing Lessons, the Junior Sailing Program, and the VA Governor's Cup will be upon us. Until then, stay connected to the water. Listen, read, meditate, ponder...oh yeah, and come help work on the boats.

Scott Titus
Fleet Captain

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