I didn't have a chance to end the 2017 Pictures of the Week column with ORION like I have done for the past few years, so ORION starts things off for 2018 instead. This picture was taken during the 2017 Rendezvous from Niantic to Essex by Jack Lorraine (#1469 TWE). We were headed toward the Connecticut River in light winds, and I was at the rear of the group. I set the asymmetrical spinnaker and make some progress; by the time we reached the mouth of the river, I had managed to claw my way to the very front. Jack snapped this photo as I passed by. Overall, it was a memorable event, and I’m already looking forward to this year’s event. I hope everyone has a great 2018 sailing season!
Mike McCormack's #2707 VINLAND has the distinction of being the very first Mariner featured in this "Picture of the Week" column back in 2008. He posted this picture of VINLAND on Facebook about a year ago, and it's great to see that he still owns her. He sails and races on Sebec Lake, Maine, and he also manages a website with a webcam of the lake. VINLAND will not be back in the water for a few more months yet, but it is pictures like this that keeps Mike and us other Mariner sailors counting down the days until the next sailing season begins.