We used the Bumble Bee Configuration all day and motor sailed.
We moved the dodger forward and draped the bimini over the boom giving us shade and a better view ahead.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Coinjock to Alligator River to Bellhaven
We didn't have the internet last night in the Alligator River so we couldn't update the blog. This is only the second time Verizon has failed us. We motored all the way today but yesterday we had a great sail with a drifter wing on wing for most of the day. Nearly 6 knots with 14 knots of breeze.
We had to test out our prowess at the local pool tables.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Great Bridge to Coinjock
Motored all the way to Coinjock which is famous for its prime rib. Here is a 32oz steak for $27 that melted in my mouth.
Norfolk to Great Bridge
We motored down from old port comfort in Norfolk on the ICW through the Virginia Cut to Great Bridge, the site of a 1775 battle where Lord Dunmore was sacked and sent packing, home to England by the colonists.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Clips of our journey down to Norfolk from Herrington Harbor North stopping off at Reedville on the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Reedville to Norfolk, VA
Said goodbye to our gracious hosts in Reedville, Mary and Walt.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The hospitality of fellow westsailers, Mary and Walt whose dock we have been tied up to here in Reedville has been unbelievable but it was a rainy, miserable day.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Herrington Harbor to Reedville
Overnight we had an excellent sail to start out.
Here we are all snug as a bug in a rug in Reedville.
Here we are all snug as a bug in a rug in Reedville.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Provisioning - the four C's
Heading south to Florida, I decided that crew wouldn't be a bad idea and I met John at the westsail rendezvous who also owns a westsail 32 like mine and has agreed to come along. We decided to pull an overnight down to Reedville, a distance of 70 miles further south down the Chesapeake, and visited the local grocery store here in Herrington Harbor North. Now most of the time I try to eat good food like fruits, vegetables and salads, but when you have to be on deck, alert and focused, then the four C's kick in.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Westsail Chesapeake Rondezvous Fall 2014
I put some pictures and video clips together for the Westsail get together that we had at Herrington Harbor North here this weekend. It was a gorgeous weekend weather wise and all 20 of us and 5 boats had a wonderful time.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Annapolis to Herrington Harbour North
Just south of Annapolis is another sailing boat mecca at Herrington Harbor.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Video this week is from clips taken in Solomons to Annapolis, Maryland. Sailing central in a beautiful part of the country. Hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
What I love about cruising...
Today, I spent the best part of 5 hours banking a check!!!!!!!! Yes you heard it correctly; That little task that takes you 5 minutes to do and that you take for granted, takes on a life of it's own when cruising. First of all, my address is in Florida so the check got sent there. So you say, why didn't you have it scanned and deposit it online through an app on your iPhone or android device? My bank touts this functionality along with most banks these days but what they don't make obvious is that it is only available for small checks. Mine was a big check, so I had to visit a physical bank. I was actually very lucky in that my bank was relatively near at hand here in Annapolis. If I had been at my next destination in Herrington Harbor, I would have had to hire a car to visit the bank or endorse it and send it through the mail to the bank which would have taken forever. The other obvious thing would have been to have had the check directly deposited into my checking account, but because of security, the sender wanted to verify my address was real. Grrrrrrr! So what I did do was have the check overnighted to a Post Office here in Annapolis. The Post Office are up with the times these days and with a tracking number I could confirm that my package had arrived before setting out to pick it up. From there I walked to the bank to deposit it. I could have looked up the bus schedule but I decided all that exercise would do me good so I chose to walk instead. Now when I said "What I love about cruising" in my title today, that was not tongue in cheek. Being taken out of your comfort zone is not a bad thing. It was a gorgeous day and I had such a good time meeting a bunch of people that I would never have met otherwise. When you drive in an area, you really do not get as good a feel for it compared to walking. As an example I stopped in at an open air farmer's market and bought some local produce.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
world's largest sailing boat show. I paid a visit to the infamous boating consignment store called Bacon's and found a couple of things that I had not been able to find elsewhere.
I had been looking for a while for a storm trysail but hadn't had any luck but I found a good one for $350 and now I will be able to get rid of the second mainsail that I have been lugging around. I will have to work out how to remove those rust stains.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Solomons to Annapolis
Beautiful day here on the Chesapeake and great for sailing.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Here at Sandy Point in Solomons, the University of Maryland has a 40 acre campus for environmental science.
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