JSO Summer Sailstice 2018 Extravaganza

Jeanneau Owners Enjoy the Sailstice Together

The June event for the Jeanneau Sailboat Owners (JSO) Chesapeake Chapter was a summer sailstice raftup extravaganza. Hosted by Paul and Karen Novak, members were provided with two opportunities to raft up. The first day began with a nine-boat raft up on Friday, June 22 at Eagle Cove off the Magothy River. After what seemed like a very long string of rainy, cloudy weekends, this event scheduled for June found us with near perfect weather. It was sunny, breezy, and cool enough to be quite comfortable, especially being away from air conditioning.

Our rather large raft up provided considerable entertainment in the Cove as we began to drag anchor. This necessitated shifting the anchor position to one of the larger boats and everyone shuffling around to again tie up. Two of the boats remained tied together, and, in unison maneuvered back into position quite nicely, requiring some coordination between the two captains. 

On Saturday morning, Karen shared hot pastries with everyone for a nice breakfast treat. Participants spent a leisurely morning with boats departing as their schedules required.  On Saturday, members had a delightful sail to Harris Creek where three boats rafted together at Waterhole Cove. Paul was glad to report that his 33-pound Spade held the three boats quite nicely! Participants had a fun evening both nights visiting from boat-to-boat with shared appetizers. 

The event for July will be held at Ralph and Margaret Marlett’s home on the water at Bodkin Creek. This is an annual party where some boats raft up to Ralph’s boat at his dock or anchor nearby and dinghy in while others arrive by car. Everyone will share appetizers, and a grill is available for those who want to cook. See jsogroup.org for details on joining the club and events.

To learn how you can do your own Summer Sailstice adventure in 2019, click to the Summer Sailstice website.