On Friday the Annual Down The Bay Race starts in Annapolis, Maryland and races to Hampton, Virginia.  I’ll be aboard Glenn Doncaster’s Sabre 42.6 Nanuq from Fishing Bay Yacht Club.

Here’s the breakdown of the 39 boats that will be taking part.  I’ll be posting updates and pictures as time permits on Twitter: @jondeutsch.


On Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend I participated in my first Oyster Shell Triathlon.  It’s an event that started about 4-5 years ago among a group of friends looking for something to do on Memorial Day Weekend and so they started this race.  There were just under 30 participants this year and there have been as many as 40 in the past.

The course is a little nontraditional – it starts with swim which turns into a slog – a combination of running in water and swimming.  Then a 2-mile bike ride followed by a swim back to the starting point.  The final stretch is a ~1 mile run around the Deltaville Maritime Museum and back to the finish.

No times are kept and it’s all for good fun.  Considering I signed up for it about 10pm at a party the night before, I felt pretty good about finishing mid-pack.  It was a ton of fun and I look forward to doing it again next year.

At some point I’ll post some video [update: video here].  In the mean time, here are some pictures of the Oyster Shell Triathlon.

Start of the Oyster Shell Triathlon

The Course:

Oyster Shell Triathlon Course Map

Memorial Day Beach VolleyballThis past weekend was a ton of fun and I’m still in denial that it’s over. I spent almost 5 days living out of my car traveling all over eastern VA and eastern NC. I took off Friday and headed down to Figure 8 Island near Wrightsville Beach to spend time at a beach house with Dan, Lauren, Patrick and a few other Richmond friends. With a full house I ended up spending two nights by the beach in a tent. It was beautiful weather for sleeping outside and I preferred it over the house. Sunday I got to see a beach sunrise which I’m rarely ever up for when I’m at the beach.

Sunday I drove back to Deltaville for two days of practice with the FBYC Campaign for the NYYC Invitational Cup Team. I sailed on the Sonar Sunday afternoon. We had a good wind, but a storm loomed on the horizon and we had to head in early. The storm never came and it was a beautiful afternoon so I got in a little Laser sailing.

Jon helming the SonarOur practice on Monday didn’t start until noon, so Maria, her friend and I took Lasers out in the morning and I sailed until I had to be back for practice. This time I was on one of the Colgate 26s. Despite being similar in size to the Sonar, there are quite a few differences in how the boat is handled. After practice I headed back to Richmond for a cookout before finally arriving home.

This has been one awesome weekend. I got to hang out with a lot of different people and had a blast with all of them. It’s going to be tough to top that weekend this summer.

Side Note: At this point I’ve already put 10,000 miles on my car this year. Compared to this time last year I was closer to 6,000. With trips to Deltaville and beyond planned for almost every weekend through October, I’m going to be doing a lot of driving this year.