In October of 2011, after years of excuses, I finally attended the Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels, Maryland.
The weather was cold, wet and windy but it was a great time! I launched at the town dock a mile from the museum docks, left my car parked there and sailed to the event (double reefed). When I got to the docs, there were only a few dock spots dead downwind with no room to maneuver. Since I was single handing, I was a bit hesitant to try it, but I used a trick that is only possible with a sharpie sprit rig. As I approached the dock, I let the mainsail flag forward so that all of the wind spilled and simply drifted to the dock. Even in a 15 mph breeze, it worked great. Thankfully a few helpful onlookers caught the bow as I drifted in.
Here are a few of my favorites
Below is a Normsboat, designed by Jim Michalak and built for Norm Wolfe (standing). This boat is the big sister to my Michalak AF3. I was very excited to be able to take a look.
And here I am getting a tour from Norm.
I had planned to take part in the regatta, but I got the race time wrong and missed the start. Here is a little bump near the finish line.