I’m looking forward to some excellent sailing this fall and I’m trying to get as much sailing in as possible before the end of the season. I spent the first two weekends of September on the boat. The weather was perfect, with sunny warm days and cool nights.
I arrived at the boat Friday night after work. I stopped at WestMarine and bought a waterproof chart of annapolis and the northern part of the Bay. I purchased a microSD card for my Garmin but it hasn’t arrived. 50 bucks on amazon for a used but like new card!
I also brought with me some 3 braid nylon rope for new dock lines. I reused old metal eyelets and spliced them into one end with a 6” splice at the other end. I measured them with enough slack for tide and I can adjust tension buy cleating lines at the bow.
I found splicing line to be fun and rewarding, having custom dock lines within a few hours.
The next morning I woke up at 800 indulged in the free continental breakfast hot coffee, bagels, doughnuts and cereal. OJ, Milk, Water etc. It’s a definite plus to staying at Mear’s Marina.
After breakfast I got gas, ice and set off to explore the Chesapeake as the wind dictates. I started off sailing along and out past Tolley Point on a close reach in calm seas and 10k wind from SW.
Annapolis was directly off my stern. It’s quite a different view than Cleveland.
I rounded Tolley Point and sailed SE on the bay. The wind died during the early afternoon as I tacked my way South, ending up about 2.5nm directly East of Bloody Point Light.
I turned North Gybing downwind in light air under 130 Jib and Main at 3 knots. I entertained myself by “racing” a J boat and exchanging a course crossings.
Once aligned on a good angle to Back Creek I had one final gybe for a close reach on port tack. The wind had increased and the sail back was superb.
My track is shown in yellow in this google earth view.
3.9 kt avg.
6.5 kt max.
Once Again I got up around 800 showered ate breakfast then headed out on the bay. This time I tried unsuccessfully to make it past the Bay Bridge. The wind was fairly light and eventually died off around 1200.
I came close and watched a ship sail under the bridge then motored to Back Creek. There was no wind and it was hot! Erin and Madeline met me, we ate lunch then went swimming at the pool. All in all a great weekend on the boat.
2.9 kt avg.
6.4 kt max.