10/22/2011, St. Michaels
We dinghied into St. Michaels for reprovisioning and sightseeing. We tied up at the town dinghy dock, which is large and commodious. Talbot Street is the main thoroughfare, and has one grocery store, Acme Groceries. There are lots of small shops, including the obligatory Christmas Shop.
On the way back to the boat, which is anchored about 1/4 mile outside the harbor, I decided to cut the channel short and head directly to CEILI, instead of following the channel completely out. I dimly recollected that the depths outside the channel were 9 feet, which then shoaled to 3 feet near shore.
We (notice how the blame has subtly shifted from me to we ) then managed to locate one of the few rocks in the Chesapeake (at least it sounded like one when the prop hit it, although maybe it was a piece of wood). We limped home, the outboard, surprisingly, running well enough without vibration. Inspection of the prop revealed symmetric dings out of all three blades, which probably explains the lack of vibration. Anyway, although I carry lots of spares for the dinghy and engine, I had not thought of bringing along a spare prop. I will put that on my list for the next resupply shipment from Defender.
We have posted some images of St. Michaels in the Photo Gallery.
10/21/2011, Anchored In Miles River
St. Michaels From Our Anchorage in the Miles River
We left Annapolis this morning, headed for St. Michaels. A front had just passed through with cold gusty wind. Overnight temperatures were in the 40's, and only in tne 50's when we departed at 9AM. The procession out of Annapolis Harbor was impressive and featured several Maxi Class boats including " Numbers" as well as a line of Navy YP boats from the Naval Academy. The YPs are among the few remaining wooden hulled vessels still in Naval service.
We sailed across the Bay, and then made our way up the Miles River to St. Michaels. The harbor is quite small with limited anchorage, so we chose to stay outside and anchored SE of " G3" in 20 foot depths, with 100 feet of chain out. The wind gradually died, and is forecast to be 5-10 for the next several days, as
the temperatures gradually increase into more seasonal norms ( mid 60's).
We will spend tomorrow exploring the St. Michaels area before heading south.
Christopher Walken at the helm of Woodwind II