Snowed in on the Rondout Creek

by Captain Nick Rogers

Snow-covered sloop December 2020

The Clearwater and Brigid in the Snow

I wanted to take some time to share what we are doing up on the vessel in Kingston this winter. What first came to mind is what we aren’t doing. We aren’t sitting around waiting for 2021 to come around. There is always always something to fix or make better, our maintenance list is only slightly shorter than Santa’s list (either one). So warm or cold, rain, sleet, or snow, there is always someone puttering around the hold or making something in the shop.

Sloop Clearwater BlocksOur crew this winter is much smaller than an average winter, however, we are still trying to get the same amount of work done. It took a little longer than usual to get set up for winter with a smaller crew, but we are already a day or two away from being finished servicing all the rig blocks. Next on the list is a little self care, which I recommend for people as well as boats, so we’ll revisit some projects that will make living and working on the sloop more comfortable. Then, we’ll get back to some rig work as we look to replace the clapper on the gaff and one of the boom jaws (enter scary music… duuuunnnn duun… duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn).

In true 2020 style, that December big snow and quick thaw really flooded our holidays but sunny skies are ahead.

A quick shout out to the continued support of the community of Clearwater Friends & Family, who are making sure the crew stays comfortable in such an awkward time. We are definitely missing all the open boats and sharing what we’re up to during the winter and all that we do as an organization. 

Just because we aren’t sitting around waiting for 2021, doesn’t mean we aren’t looking forward to it. Crew hiring is just around the corner, as is setting up a summer schedule, and soon after that we will start uprig.

Clearwater and the crocuses…a sure sign of spring.

Hope to see you all on the water again…

Fair winds.

Captain Nick

Winter on the Rondout: Homeport, Kingston, December 2020