the travels continue
28 July 2008 | Deltaville, VA
Saturday the 26th we arrived in St. Mary's City, MD.
The St. Mary's River comes off the Potomac River. St. Mary's City was the first capitol of Maryland and is the 4th oldest city in North America. It was founded in 1634 by Lord Baltimore and 140 people who arrived on two sailing vessels called the Ark and the Dove. The city was abandoned years ago and left in ruins. In 1968 the restoration process began restoring the old city. There are lots of artifacts and parts of original foundations that have been used to recreate the city. It sits on it's original ground next to St. Mary's College. The college has a first class sailing program and is also into archaeology.
We spent two days here. There were no facilities here such as marinas or stores. The closest shop or restaurant is several miles away, not close enough to reach by foot.
The Maryland Special Olympics sailing and kayaking Regatta was going on here this weekend. We were anchored right off the docks where the events were taking place.
Sunday afternoon we had a bad storm. It was quite frightening. There were 4 boats anchored in the cove here, which is protected from winds from all directions except northwest. The storm came out of the northwest and everyone of us dragged. we were all in our cockpits with our engines running trying to keep the boats headed into the wind. It lasted about 20 minutes with heavy rain, lightening and thunder and winds up to 40 plus miles per hour. Three of the boats had to reanchor.
When everyone was secure again we all met on our boat for refreshments and talk. Met some nice people who have been cruising several years.
Then today Monday we headed south down the chesepeake Bay to Deltaville. Shortly after getting underway we noticed that our battery charging light was on indicating that our batteries were not charging. We didn't plan to go all the way to Deltaville, VA today but because we can get repairs here and because we were moving along quite well we decided to try to make it. We got in here about 4 pm and David ran aground coming in the channel. It has a very narrow twisty channel that is also shallow. We made it just fine and since the tide was coming in David didn't have to get help to get off the sand bar. We'll probably be here for a few days.