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

Dog Days of Summer

27 August 2013 | Eastern Bay
Nick / 82, 12 knots, Northeast
It’s hard to believe it’s August. A month usually accompanied with single digit winds, triple digit heat indexes and humidity levels that makes going outside feel like snuggling up in a sauna. I’m sure that saying this will guarantee a typical August weekend forecast for Labor Day, when Meredith and I are planning to spend several nights anchored out on the Bay holds true, but the past few weekends have been nearly perfect.

We had dinner reservations Saturday night in DC with our friends Dan and Tara but figured a nice day of sailing would be the perfect way to pregame for a night of Thai food and drinking. It was also a good chance to go over some sailing basics since the four of us are going to the BVIs over Thanksgiving for a bareboat charter.

The forecasted wind was light, but Dan and Ame said they had a great sail down from Annapolis that morning. So, Chick Fil A in hand, we headed out and found northeast winds at a pretty steady 12 knots. After a little engine hiccup, we had the sails up and were cutting through the Bay’s short chop, happily eating chicken nuggets.

On the engine… It stalled out when we pulled the throttle all the way back while still in gear. It’s done this once before while pulling into our slip, but never in neutral. I think it’s just a throttle cable adjustment issue, hopefully.

It was another great sail, and we weren’t the only ones enjoying it. I’m not sure I’ve seen so many boats on the West River this season. Lots of big cabin-cruisers were stirring up the waves and even raising our sails involved avoiding several sailboats either sailing or motoring into the Bay. But looking north to the Bay Bridge, the Severn looked like 395 during rush hour.

We sailed over to Bloody Point Light and past the green 1 inside Eastern Bay before gybing back out. Since we weren’t in any hurry and all enjoying the sail, I was fine with the about a knot of speed we were losing by pinching so tight into the wind. We were able to almost get high enough to avoid tacking, but in the end, had to tack back out for a few minutes to clear the shoal at the mouth of the West. We winged it down the river toward Galesville, only firing up the engine around green 3.

As always, it was a great way to spend a Saturday and Meredith and I are looking forward to getting back out there this weekend to see where the wind blows us.
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
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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
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