As we headed out into the bay this Saturday we were fortunate to catch a regatta of Thistles. These small sloops are fast, especially in the fresh breeze we had that day. Hence the title, “And away they all flew like the down of a Thistle.”
What is even more interesting is that they have been a competitive class since 1945. Sandy Douglass designed the boats and the early boats were made out of plywood. In fact, here is a shot of a wooden one still racing.
He also designed the Flying Scott which are still being built on Deep Creek, Maryland.
We have enough speed to sail under the Bay Bridge.
We tack around and head back. We are not alone. Our twin sister is making her approach.
For those of you who think the Woodwinds as large, look how small we are by comparison to the Bay Bridge. It is 186 feet from the water to the underside of the Bridge and our mast is a mere 65 feet tall.
Toward the end of the day we catch one more glimpse of Woodwind II, all sails set with the Navel Academy as a dramatic background.