Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

This past weekend we held an informal messabout on Stockton Lake, here in SW Missouri. Myself and several regulars from the Sail Oklahoma Messabout event and Yahoo forum. I took Friday off of work and made it to the campground and launch area a little after noon.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

The campsites we had at Crabtree Cove were right on the water with a nice gravel beach to pull the boats up on. It was very easy access to sailing, swimming and visiting with each other. It got a little busy into the weekend, but we had no issue with loud or obnoxious campers. Quite the contrary, everyone that came down to look at the "strange" assortment of boats were very friendly.

Friday's sailing was nice. Winds were in the 12mph range and steady. Saturday, maybe a little higher winds, but barely. We were lucky enough that they carried over well into the night. We even managed to get in a moonlight sail trip. We set out about 8pm and got back around 10:30. Sailing by moonlight is a great experience. Especially under the "Supermoon" full moon.

Sunday, the winds were howling early on then just died. I guess there was supposed to be a wind direction change ahead of a front and we must have got caught in it like a slack tide. I said my goodbyes to those that were still in camp and made the drive home to my family hanging by the in-laws' pool.

My Sea pearl 21 in the foreground.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Frank's 24' Wa'apa outrigger sailing canoe

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Gene's boats - a Michael Storer Quick Canoe and two boats based on Jim Michalak designs, V-Fly and Fat Fly

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Sailing behind Michael's O'Day Daysailer

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

There were quite a few large boats on the lake. It was a nice weekend for sailing.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Sailing "wing on wing"

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Paul's Iain Oughtred Acorn and Michael's O'Day Daysailer

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014 Paul's Iain Oughtred Acorn, easily the nicest build there. Beautiful boat and looked to row very smooth for its waterline.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

My SP21 and Frank's Wa'apa

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

The beach really started filling up on Saturday.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Paul's Family Skiff and Acorn next to Daryl's Compac 16

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Michael's Daysailer, he was kind enough to take me for a sail to get ice across the lake. We traded off throughout the day. I got to learn more about sloop rig handling.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Bruce brought a Larsboat and a Puddle Duck Racer (PDR)

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Frank tries out the Larsboat

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Gene's grandson Sean learned to paddle the Quick Canoe

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Heading out for the moonlight sail with Gene and Sean.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

I took Bruce out Sunday morning, but the wind died on us.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Frank and Carol on the Wa'apa 24'

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Gene and his V-Fly

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Bruce and his PDR

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

It was a great weekend of camping and sailing. Glad I got the chance to see everyone and meet some new folks, too. Couldn't have asked for better weather in July. It was warm, but not as hot as usual. The bugs even seemed to be held at bay. Thanks again to everyone for coming out!

2 comments:

Tweezerman said...

Nice set of pictures. You always do a good job with the photos. I've always had a soft spot for the Daysailor. Just a great all-around sailboat.

Trevor said...

Thank you! The Daysailer was fun to sail on. It points a little higher than my cat ketch Sea Pearl. I have very little experience sailing sloop rigs, strangely, so it was great to experience and get some practical working knowledge of the rig type. I manned the jib for much of the two hour trip.