Make the most of the summer of ’17

By Pam George | Photograph by Marc Clery
From the May 2017 issue

may-feature-seize-summer Seize the Summer - Delaware Beach LifeSummer is sneaky. When a few days of eagerly awaited warmth whet our appetite for fun in the sun, we start dreaming of all the things we’ll do this year. But as the hot days start ticking by it’s easy to fall back into the daily grind. We don’t make time to catch those sunsets over the bay or take our bike for a spin on a scenic trail. Before we know it, Labor Day has arrived. So wake up and smell the sunscreen! This year, don’t let summer pass you by — seize it!

Here are a few ideas for making the most of the best season of the year. (We’ll leave that summer-or-fall argument for later.) Check out these suggestions and add your own to our Facebook page. More importantly, get going!

1. Catch the wind

You’ll get a new perspective on coastal Delaware when you view it from the water. “It’s just so refreshing to get away from Route 1 during the season,” says Ann Whaley, vice commodore for the Reho­both Bay Sailing Association. “Once we get out of the marina and put the sails up, it’s so quiet.”

When it comes to watercraft rentals and location, the RBSA is among the best-kept secrets at the beach. The facility is located off Route 1 just south of the Rehoboth Bay Marina and Dewey Beach. There is a clubhouse with a stunning view, as well as shower facilities and a kitchen, where you can store your lunch. (Or, after your sail, order a pizza from a nearby restaurant and reflect on your day with a slice.)

The association rents Sunfish, catamarans, daysailers, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. There is a range of memberships, including daily and weekly trials, which appeal to vacationers and novices. There are also rental fees for members and nonmembers. “We are competitive in pricing because we want to get as many people out on the bay as we can,” Whaley says.

For those just getting their feet wet, the association offers a junior sailing school, group clinics and private lessons.

The shallow Rehoboth Bay is one of the East Coast’s best places to train, Whaley maintains. “From around sunrise to around noon, we get light air, which is great for junior sailors,” she says. Expert sailors will appreciate the “hold-onto-your-boat” period after lunch: “We’re so lucky; somewhere between noon and one-ish, the sea breeze kicks in, and it gets windy. Then it calms back down around sunset.”

The RBSA is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For information and rates, visit rbsa.org.

2. See a show under the stars

The stars come out in summer in more ways than one. Alfresco performances are a staple at the beach. Bandstands in Rehoboth (rehobothbandstand.com) and Bethany Beach (townofbethanybeach.com/98/Bandstand) let audiences hear live music next to the sea. In Lewes, concerts and other activities are offered in scenic Canalfront Park (lewescanalfrontpark.org/).

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