2016 Month-Long Sailing Trip - Part 1
|The clean refreshing taste of cucumber=flavored vodka & diet tonic water |
seems to be a good medicine for combatting the
notoriously humid Maryland summers.
Monday, June 20
We left Hartge's Yacht Harbor at about 9 AM after topping off our water tanks and taking showers. There was barely a breeze as we motored out the West River. In fact, the wind was very light and out of the south most of the day--of course, we were headed south to the Choptank River and then up the Tred Avon. So, the first day was all motoring until we anchored off the Strand in Oxford. At anchor, the wind was blowing at seven knots out of the west--it was a nice cool breeze.
|We anchored at the little red square symbol in the harbor |
just north of Oxford. The Strand follows the edge of the harbor.
|We rarely make pork chops at other times, so this was a special treat.|
Tuesday, June 21
We started the day with quiche lorraine for breakfast. We bought it pre-made at Fresh Market in Annapolis before we left on this trip. I've always thought that quiche is the ultimate breakfast on board.
For dinner, Maggie made grilled apple and brie sandwiches with watermelon slices on the side. This dinner was based on a recipe from Galley Pirates--it was absolutely delicious! We made a note to add bacon next time--some time ago we purchased canned bacon just for instances like this.
|During dinner we ran the engine for about an hour to generate power because |
we missed a lot of solar power due to the hours of darkened skies
during the storm. The engine gauges contain red LED
lights that was one of my boat projects.
Wednesday, June 22
We raised anchor at about 9:30 AM. (So as not to sound like a foodie blog, I didn't mention the French toast we had for breakfast--it was made using whole grain bread and powdered eggs that we purchased for our cruising. It is much easier to store powdered eggs than fresh eggs and they were perfect.) The wind was blowing hard and it was a tough job getting the (new Rocna Vulcan 20) anchor up. As we motored out the Tred Avon it was clear that we'd have to reef the main--the wind and waves increased as we got into the Choptank River. In fact the wind was right on our nose (westerly at 20+ knots and gusting higher) going out the Choptank. At that point we decided to turn east further up the Choptank River to La Trappe Creek, a little anchorage I haven't been to in many years. (Dickerson sailboats used to be manufactured at the head of this creek.
|Two large sailboats, one a 50-foot Amel, are anchored at the inlet to the anchorage|
area just off the sandbar at the entrance to La Trappe Creek.
Thursday, June 23
The rain started gently about 6:30 AM as I felt the cool raindrops coming through our overhead hatch in our v-berth. As I got up to close the hatches and put the dodger's front window in place, I heard a waterman plying his trout line not far from the boat.
|Watermen are up early and work hard in all kinds of weather. |
I'm sure that rain is not the worst of the weather they face.
|We usually unzip and remove the front dodger window while we are |
underway or at anchor. When it rains, we zip it back in place so
we can leave the companionway open without getting wet.
|Captain Jack sits in the cockpit during the early morning rain. He |
even tolerates occasional thunder without being alarmed.
So far, we have had the mainsail cover off but no sails have flown yet. We've had a lot of windless times, times with too much wind, and thunderstorms. I hope we get some good winds soon!
|We are progressing slowly down the Chesapeake Bay as indicated by the red line.|
More on our month-long sailing trip in our next blogpost...