This blog post is a little different from the others but I hope it portrays sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and provides some information about Annapolis (our home town) for those who have never been here .
We left the marina in Galesville and motored out of the West River, generally headed toward Annapolis. We had a nice breeze (10 to 15 knots) out of the North in the early afternoon. As the day wore on, the wind clocked around from the northeast and became weaker. We then motor sailed for a while until we took the sails down completely. We motored into Annapolis harbor in the hope of picking up a mooring buoy for the night--it just didn't work out. So, we motored up to Small Round Bay on the Severn River and anchored for the night. It was a very pleasant anchorage with only two other sailboats anchored nearby.
|After anchoring and checking the transmission fluid level and adding some of the additive I purchased, |
Maggie made ginger beer margaritas for the first time. They were actually quite good.
I made dinner--chicken thighs cooked in mango ginger habanero sauce (Fischer & Wieser) and chucks of fresh pineapple, served over rice. It turned out pretty good but I have to give the sauce most of the credit. In the early evening there was a lot of small power boat traffic nearby but as it got closer to dusk it disappeared. We went to bed early with full bellies and sun-soaked bodies.
|After having a light breakfast, we weighed anchor and lazily motored toward Annapolis Harbor |
on Sunday morning. The two bridges that cross the Severn River ahead of us are
the Route 50 Severn River Bridge and the Naval Academy Bridge.
|Multi-million dollar homes line the Severn River and most are high |
up on the steep banks of the river.
|As we reached Annapolis Harbor about noon, we got lucky as two mooring buoys became |
available--we quickly snatched one. Annapolis is sort of a Mecca for mid-Atlantic sailors.
|S/V Rainy Days on mooring buoy #25 In Annapolis Harbor. |
There were boats from Canada and France among the moorings today.
|Happy hour included what we call Midwestern Shrimp (cut up pieces of cauliflower and cocktail sauce) |
and dark-n-stormys. Dinner involved a reheated Mexican casserole that Maggie made during the
week--it was very tasty!
|The highlight of the parade was the Naval Academy Marching Band.|
After the parade was over we walked to Middleton's Tavern (the second oldest tavern in the US that is still in operation--the oldest, by the way, is in Newport, Rhode Island) for lunch. After lunch we took a water taxi back to the boat, quickly threw off the line connecting us to the mooring buoy and headed south to Galesville.
|Of course, the wind had clocked around to the south--the direction we were headed. |
We motored past Thomas Point Lighthouse--the most photographed lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay.
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