On Board Cordelia

Our electronic log book. Welcome Aboard!!

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

Mo’ Dinghy, Mo’ Problems

04 June 2014 | St. Michaels & The Wye River
Nick / 75, winds between 0-20 knots
Graceful dinghy entrances and exits aren't Meredith's strong suits, so this was really all just a matter of time. So, coming back to the boat late Friday night - after a couple sundowners, followed by a drink at dinner and a quick-ish stop at a bar - was really just pushing our luck. So, as the dinghy pulled up to the swim ladder, Meredith grabbed on about the time we started drifting around the boat. You can use your imagination as to what happened next as her feet stayed in the dinghy and her hands stayed on the ladder.

Moral of the story: A couple drinks improves some things, like your ability to play golf or bowl, it does not improve your ability to board a boat.

Overall, though, we had a great weekend on board Cordelia. Blue skies and perfect temps made up for the light, then too heavy, then non-existent wind. This was our first on-the-hook overnight trip of the season, as well as our first time to really explore St. Michaels. On our trip last year we brought Bailey, got there on the later side of Saturday and left Sunday morning - all limiting our time exploring.

Cordelia was packed and just about ready to set sail first thing Friday morning. We pulled out of the dock around 11:30 a.m. - later than I wanted, but if we made good time still early enough to avoid anchoring out in the Miles River, hopefully. Once we were out in the Bay the wind picked up to about 9 or 10 knots and gave us enough of a boost to kill the engine and sail all the way to the Eastern Bay on the same tack. Throw in a couple tacks up to round Bloody Point light and we fired up the engine again to pull into the Miles River. The prime anchorages were pretty empty and we easily got a spot between the Bay Museum and the Inn at Perry Cabin.

We cracked open a bottle of wine and waiting to make sure we weren't dragging before setting out for dinner. I was on a quest to find a fried softshell crab sandwich, which I did and which was very good, even though it meant eating at a "more touristy" place on the water. On Saturday we did some window shopping and explored the Maritime Museum. It is a really great museum, if you haven't been. Very hands-on and they take full advantage of their prime waterfront real-estate.

For a change of pace, we decided to anchor out on the Wye Saturday night. The wind really picked up and the choppy, green-brown water of the Miles reminded me of the Mississippi Sound. We motor-sailed into the wind and tucked into the first bay on the Wye, where we spent the night grilling and listening to some '90s R&B blaring from two powerboats anchored up nearby before motoring home Sunday morning a dead calm.
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