On Board Cordelia

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13 August 2014 | West River
22 July 2014 | Rhode River
01 July 2014 | Mill Creek
13 June 2014 | West River
04 June 2014 | Chalk Point
04 June 2014 | St. Michaels & The Wye River
28 May 2014 | Chesapeake Bay
19 May 2014 | West and Rhode Rivers
12 May 2014 | Chalk Point Marine
07 May 2014 | Chalk Point Marine
04 May 2014 | West River, Chesapeake Bay
03 May 2014 | MD 258
30 April 2014 | West River, Chesapeake Bay
31 December 2013 | Washington, DC
18 November 2013 | West River
06 October 2013 | Annapolis, MD
05 October 2013 | West River
04 October 2013 | West River
29 September 2013 | West River
22 September 2013 | West River

Case of the Mondays…

06 May 2013 | Chesapeake Bay
Nick / 65, 8-15 knots, East
After two great days on Cordelia, I totally have a case of the Mondays.

The one upside is that today is kind of a gross day so sailing really isn't the best way to enjoy it. Now a nap on the other hand... This weekend was a different story entirely. As much as I feel like this blog is turning into some kind of homage to great weather, Saturday and Sunday really were perfect days. Still cool enough to not get hot - even when the wind died down - but not too cold that a 15 knot breeze required you to bust out a parka and gloves.

Our friends Dan and Tara picked us up Saturday at our place in D.C. after stopping at The Italian Store for some great sandwiches and Nutella Tarts. If you have never been to The Italian Store, go. They have everything you would need for an Italian meal from antipasto to the cheese course - including the wine. If you don't feel like cooking, even better. Their pizza - whole or by the slice - is always delicious and their sandwiches are out of this world. We've been craving one since we went to a Nationals game a few weeks back and the guy five seats down snuck one in to torture all of us with the smell the peppers and cold cuts while we were forced to get our daily nitrate intake from hot dogs.

Two other friends met us at the boat and we were casting off the lines by 2:30. After a couple tacks out of the West River we looked like a pretty respectable and somewhat competent crew. We headed up to Thomas Point Light before cutting out into the Bay. The winds in the Bay picked up from about 8-10 knots to more in the range of 13-15 knots. With six of us in the cockpit, all the winches were within easy reach, so I didn't feel bad asking for a quarter turn here or there to minimize heeling while still keeping speed. When we turned downwind to head back into the West River, the GPS got a reading of 7.5 knots (with a little push from a following wave). For full disclosure, I think the GPS might be a tad generous with the speed, but I'm still saying Cordelia is fast and 7.5 is the speed to beat.

When we got back to the West River we sailed down into South Creek a little ways to check it out before lowering the sails. The jib was incredibly hard to bring in. At first I thought I was really weak and Tara, who was keeping tension on the running rigging, was really strong. When I saw that she had let go of the line I noticed it was jammed in one of the blocks. I couldn't get it loose so had to remove the block to roll in the jib. Back at the dock we freed the line, but the pulley was toast.

Sunday was a more laid back sail. We picked up Emily and headed out to the boat a little past noon - after a stop at West Marine for a new block.

At Chalk Point, we met more of our slip mates and our only blog follower - Bob. Bob and Sandy filled Meredith's head with all kinds of awful ideas, like tying a rope to a float in the summer, letting it drift behind the boat and pulling her in when her drink needed to be refreshed. I have a feeling she thought this was the best idea she had heard all day and I have a summer refilling vodka sodas in front of me.

One of the best features about Cordelia is the placement of the winches. The two main self-tailing winches are far enough back that I pretty much handle her single-handed once the sails are up. This allowed Meredith and Emily to claim their real estate on the cockpit benches. Meredith would occasionally say my name in that "What the hell are you doing" tone of voice, just to let me know the gust of wind had increased our heel from 15 to 25 degrees and I hadn't noticed. Other than that, her and Emily read gossip magazines while they sunburned.

There were about a dozen Flying Scots and catamarans racing in the river and seeing them fly their spinnakers has really gotten me motivated to figure out how to use our spinnaker. I tacked through their race apologetically trying to stay out of their way the best I could - which is more than I can say for the 45 foot power boat that cut a few of them off on his way through the channel.

I sailed us into the Bay back near Thomas Point and then turned into the South River. As soon as we came into a minefield of crab pots, the wind promptly died leaving us drifting about 1 knot according to the GPS or 0.3 according to the Raymarine speed display. This is when I decided the GPS might be a little generous and another reason I want to figure how to use the spinnaker.

We cranked the engine and headed home, somewhat bummed the weekend - and sailing - had come to an end for a few days.

The West River really is a special area of the Bay and so far, Cordelia has made enjoying it that much better.

Vessel Name: Cordelia
Vessel Make/Model: 1985 Ericson 35 MkIII (http://ericsonyachts.tripod.com/er353.htm)
Hailing Port: Chalk Point, West River, MD
Crew: Nick & Meredith Simpson
We know a boat blog might be a tad cheesey to some, but we wanted a way to keep track of where we've been and what we've done on Cordelia. [...]
When we started looking for a new boat, we narrowed the list down to a Beneteau 351 and a Tartan 37. The Beneteau was nice and fit all the requirements – it stayed on the list. The Tartan, needing a lot of work, did not. The broker (Forbes Horton / forbesyachts.com) who showed us the Beneteau [...]
Cordelia's Photos - Main
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Created 1 July 2014
We sailed over to St. Michaels on Friday (May 30th) and anchored in Fogg Cove before sailing to the Wye (May 31st) on Saturday. Then motored home on a windless, but sunny, Sunday.
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Created 2 June 2014
Start of the 2014 season.
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Created 5 May 2014
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Created 31 December 2013
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Created 24 September 2013
We rafted up with friends on Ridout and Aberdeen creeks.
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Created 5 September 2013
We ended the weekend / kicked off the week on Cordelia with our friends Andrea and Adam. 06/23/13
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Created 25 June 2013
We sailed to St. Michaels and anchored up in the Miles River with Bailey. 06/01/13-06/02/13
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Created 3 June 2013
From a bad Friday to a great Sunday.
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Created 31 May 2013
Meals, drinks and snacks.
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Created 23 April 2013
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Created 8 April 2013
Pictures of projects completed or in progress.
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Created 11 March 2013

On Board Cordelia

Who: Nick & Meredith Simpson
Port: Chalk Point, West River, MD
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