Sometimes you just have to do it yourself!
Since no one has written a report, and you have seen the pictures,
let me tell you my version of my trip to Allen Harbor this year.
(Write the story - that is)
The Allen Harbor Rendezvous June 8 - 10, 2007
By Tony DiStefano skipper of "The Beep"
Due to some freak of nature The Beep was not only washed and cleaned
but all the sails and equipment were on board before leaving. It was
a shock to me. No trips to the hardware store for missing parts. I
did not know what to do when I got to Allen Harbor at about 8:30PM
on Thursday. Who thought up all the road changes? It took a few
turns to get to the right spot. Just keep the rail road tracks on
the right side I kept telling myself and I made it.
I phoned Ed Goodhue - Dolphin was anchored in the north east corner
and had the fenders ready. I took my time setting the boat up, to
give the bearings time to cool before launch.
When I backed down the ramp and took the safety chain off I noticed
that the center board was hanging down out of the trunk. I climbed
up and in and pulled as best I could but no change so I knew I had
to put the trailer deeper in the water. So I backed down and as the
rear tires hit the water and the boat should have launched nothing
happened, so I backed further the boat floated a little but stayed
on the trailer. I pulled out and looked and yes the center board was
still down but the boat only had to float 4 inches and it would
clear the trailer. The tide was low but it should work, so I tried
it again and this time went till I just heard the tail pipe hit the
water, still no success! Out I came again checking the boat bottom
the trailer then back in and this time the tail pipe and rear fender
were under the water and still the boat would not float. I pulled
out again and tried to think what could I do to correct this?
Looking again at the boat I realized that I had not disconnected the
boat from the winch. This time I backed down and the boat floated
perfectly to the dock. Please do not remind me about this as when I
rafted to Ed, he told me he saw a lot of lights going up and down at
the launch ramp and since that was me, I will not forget!
After some good talk we had a good night of sleep and chose to visit
Jack and Rani on Dror as this was the day they were bending sails.
We had a great sail but with the wind out of the west we did a lot
of tacking to get up to Mt. Hope Bridge. Each of us tried a
different course to show up the other but both of us were beaten by
the wind and there was not good course. Arriving at Jack?s we rafted
and started talking about what needed to be done and who was to do
it and then a motor boat came up and Ed and I were told to leave as
there is no rafting on the moorings in the marina. Back to sailing
getting to the bridge was easy but that is where the wind changed
and it was motor sail just about all the way back to Allen Harbor.
We docked and helped the NE-TS group launch and started the usual
talking that goes on at the ramp. Rosebud was just coming out of the
water at that time. The group split into those going to dinner and
those going to anchor. I went to anchor again with Ed, for an old
sailor he sure knows how to set an anchor. Tea time then dinner then
talk and another good night sleep.
At 5am Mildred Rose was up against my boat, in my mind I thought
what a great sleep I did not even hear them raft up. At about 6:30
Paul was not there but on a mooring. Amazing I thought, only to find
out we were swinging on our rode and we went to Paul so we then
rafted and had a talk. The beautiful sun rise turned to overcast and
there seemed no end to it so about noon we chose to motor to Potters
Cove and about 7 boats took off. It was a rainy ride (glad to have
my new rain coat) and it was nice to raft up to Ed again and have a
chance to dry off. There were a few boats in the cove but many fewer
It seems the moment the rain stopped the party started and folks
from the surrounding boats showed up and Dan of Y Knot was the
driver. As usual the conversation covered a multitude of topics and
was very interesting. Drink and snacks flowed and a good time was
had by all. Then it was time for dinner and back to there boat the
Another good night of sleep then on Sunday we chose to meet Dror at
Mt. Hope bridge, boats were leaving in all directions to do
different things. With the wind from the north we chose to wing on
wind towards Newport. We made about to the bridge when Dror had to
return so Ed and I sailed thru the racers and took a great trip to
Allen Harbor. The wind was great and we both had our bottoms showing
as we would not reduce sail. But then once again the wind changed
and it was flat sailing. Once back at Allen Harbor the boats were
being taken out and it was a little sad that the weekend was coming
to an end.
The excitement of my first NE-TS sail of the year with the let down
of it being over, but now it?s time for Lake Champlain more to do