Welcome Aboard - An Introduction to SLY
SLY is often offered as a fundraiser for charity events and people are frequently invited but have never sailed before. This page is geared to those who are new to sailing or have not sailed on SLY. It should provide you with all of the necessary details and facts for how to best be prepared and where to find additional information.
Sailing on SLY - 2022
You are cordially invited to come sailing onboard SLY. Below please find the information you will need about going sailing.
Below is information about the boat and a little bit of what to expect. Safety is a priority - Summer evenings are generally beautiful light breeze and very relaxing excursions, occasionally there is a thunderstorm that might threaten, but if prepared, there is nothing to worry about.
SLY is an Xp44 manufactured by X-yachts in Denmark. https://www.x-yachts.com/en/yachts/xp/xp-44/
The boat is a 44’ sloop with asymmetrical spinnakers and is fully prepared for racing offshore. In June of 2018, we raced out to Bermuda and took Line Honors in the Annapolis to Bermuda Race. The boat has full electronic instrumentation, navigation, autopilot, AIS, GPS, and satellite communications. The boat has a head for your comfort.
The boat can comfortably accommodate up to 12 people total for a race or day sail. If you have an interest in working the boat, please let me know how much you are interested in and willing to participate. I can put you to work, or I can call in a few crew that will be happy to help us drink the beer. We will be happy to teach you as much as you want to know about sailing and the boat.
The boat is located at Severn House in Annapolis. The drive from DC with no traffic is about 45 minutes – in rush hour it can take over 1.5 hours. Here is the link with the location. Severn House - Please park in the spaces with the GREEN painted curb that says “visitor”.
After you pass through the gate, Please drive straight, the parking area curves around to the right, until you see a fence along a gravel path. After you park, walk down that path to the water, turn left and then make a right onto the first finger pier that you come to - the boat is on E Dock in Slip 13 (all the way at the end on the left)
Dress appropriately for the weather. During the summer months, shorts and t-shirts are the appropriate dress, soft sole shoes should be worn. Maybe a windbreaker for cooler summer evenings. Pay attention to the weather – it is generally a little cooler on the water. Be prepared to get a little wet from spray or possible rain.
Physical Health & Sea Sickness
You should be in relatively good physical conditions – the boat moves through the waves and will heel over in a breeze. You should be able to hold yourself stable. I will assume that everyone can swim. There is always a chance of falling overboard. If you would prefer please feel free to ask for a life jacket – we have plenty. If there is any concern about seasickness please let me know beforehand, we have some great drugs with no side effects, but you should take them before we leave the dock.
Regarding the weather – I am generally prepared to go rain or shine. The boat has all the instruments and we can navigate in fog and track the weather. The boat is fully capable of sailing in heavy winds – small craft advisories are great sailing conditions. Only in cases of thunderstorms will we cancel. In most cases, it’s a short wait until the storm moves out of the area. The experience level of the crew will determine the ability to sail in rougher conditions.
Weather forecast https://www.wunderground.com/hourly/us/md/annapolis/21403
Thomas Point Light: https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=tplm2
Food & Drink
There is generally plenty of beer and water on the boat. Please feel free to bring any refreshments that you might desire. All I ask is that you refrain from bringing glass bottles and that you take any perishables with you at the end of the sail, otherwise I will have to throw them out. Dark & Stormies are the official boat drink.