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

Red, White and Boat

08 July 2013 | Chesapeake Bay
Nick / 80s, SW winds
Independence Day is my favorite holiday. Hands down. I'm sure the majority of people will say Christmas is their favorite, and it makes sense. Who doesn't love the significance of the day, the presents, the music, family traditions, roasting chestnuts on an open fire? It's great. But Independence Day has its own special meaning and for my money, I'd rather roast meat on that open fire, preferably outside, near the water with fireworks. Fireworks are my favorite. One year I drug Meredith along to something like 5 firework shows in a week, but that's another story.

We were out of town visiting my family in Mississippi on the 4th but still wanted to watch some fireworks on the Bay. I also wanted to check on Cordelia since it had been over a week since my last visit. We packed an overnight bag after work on the 3rd and heading to Chalk Point, still unsure of our plans for the night. The weather in DC has been pretty spotty for the last three weeks, rain nearly every day. The building storm cloud that greeted us at Chalk Point convinced me to take care of a long overdue errand instead of a sail. I have been needing to return my house battery to West Marine since it won't hold a charge. It has gotten so bad that I can watch the voltage drop from 12 to 8 in less than two minutes with nothing on. West Marine - despite my usual complaints about them being like the Trader Joe's of marine suppliers, having some cool stuff but still forcing you to visit another store for staples - has pretty great customer service. I exchanged the battery. No questions asked.

We headed over to Skipper's Pier (I would recommend the fried green tomato and fish tacos) just across Rockhold Creek from West Marine to grab a table on the deck to watch the fireworks at Herrington South. As an added bonus we got to watch what appeared to be two other shows - North Beach and Chesapeake Beach perhaps?

We headed back to Cordelia shortly after 10:00. Meredith did a little reading and I had a glass of wine before calling it a night. The next day we hit the driving range before catching a lunch-time flight down to Mississippi to visit my family.

After a good visit and early flight back to DC on Sunday we headed back to Cordelia with our friends Matt, Anne and Jack. It was hot in DC, but a little cooler out on the water. I was really surprised at the amount of wind we had - I saw gusts up near 20 knots. A very pleasant surprise for July on the Chesapeake. Matt zigzagged us across the Bay, avoiding crab traps, before I worked on some downwind sailing. I've really got to figure out how to use my spinnaker before the summer doldrums set in.

On the way back we cranked the engine - the new battery is making that a much easier, less unsure process - to avoid tacking through the crab pots. A round of cocktails and snacks at the dock and we headed back to DC after a pretty great long Independence Day weekend.

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
43 Photos
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.
13 Photos
Created 2 June 2014
Start of the 2014 season.
18 Photos
Created 5 May 2014
28 Photos
Created 31 December 2013
30 Photos
Created 24 September 2013
We rafted up with friends on Ridout and Aberdeen creeks.
19 Photos
Created 5 September 2013
We ended the weekend / kicked off the week on Cordelia with our friends Andrea and Adam. 06/23/13
15 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
We sailed to St. Michaels and anchored up in the Miles River with Bailey. 06/01/13-06/02/13
10 Photos
Created 3 June 2013
From a bad Friday to a great Sunday.
28 Photos
Created 31 May 2013
Meals, drinks and snacks.
9 Photos
Created 23 April 2013
84 Photos
Created 8 April 2013
Pictures of projects completed or in progress.
15 Photos
Created 11 March 2013

On Board Cordelia

Who: Nick & Meredith Simpson
Port: Chalk Point, West River, MD
"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." -- The Wind in the Willows