07/21/2008, Annapolis, MD
July 17th ... Annapolis, MD
We made some hot water, showered and generally wasted time until 10:00 this morning and then took the dinghy to shore near the Sailrite Store. Since our new cushions look so good we've decided to recover the rear seats as well. One more yard of material should do the trick. We also needed some snaps and a few other minor items.
After returning to the boat we had some lunch and got out the sewing machine to begin work on our side panels. During the afternoon I heard a boat anchoring nearby and looked up to see "Veranda" . We worked until about 4:30 and then got cleaned up.
At 5:30 we joined Bill and Christy of Veranda for dinner at the Boatyard.
July 18th... Annapolis, MD
Another hot day spent cutting, fitting and sewing our cockpit side panels. By quitting time we had one done and the other cut out .
In the afternoon we took a dinghy ride to get rid of the trash and pick up some ice but that was about all we did.
After dinner sailboats began to gather in the harbor where we are anchored. They were all sizes but there were no cruising boats, just racers. We watched as more and more of them showed up and spoke to a couple as they sailed in and out of the anchorage. They were racing to Solomon's which is about 40 miles to the south. It is one of the biggest races in the Chesapeake and draws boats from all over.
Bill and Christy came for the start of the race and we watched a spectacular moon rise.
Going to town in Annapolis
07/17/2008, Annapolis, MD
July 16th... Dobbins Island to Annapolis
We tried to go north today to Swan Creek, but wind and tidal current conspired against us. The wind was very light from the northeast as we headed out on our first tack to the east making about 3.5 knots. When we were more than half way across the Bay we tacked to the north and were stopped dead in our tracks. The current was running at 2 knots and that was just too much. We had to lay off the wind so far that our northerly progress was almost nil.
Since we needed to purchase another yard of fabric for more cushions the decision was made to head to Annapolis and get that job done before more exploring.
There is a heat warning here for the next few days. Even on the water we need to keep in the shade most of the time. After working on the computer for a while we went ashore to pick up a few things and loaded up 15 gallons of water.
Grilled pork chops were on our evening menu, which we had with a nice salad and corn. (we're trying to use up our supply of canned vegetables) After dinner we dinghied down Spa Creed to say hi to Lenny and Ciel.
We returned just at dark and watched an almost full moon-rise.
New sewing machine
07/17/2008, Dobbins Island, Magothy River, MD
July 15th... Dobbins Island
There is really not much to say about today. It was another beautiful day on the Bay but we spent most of it below decks sewing. Kathy finished the cushions at about 4pm. They look great and should last forever. We took the dinghy to the island where there is a nice beach and had a swim and then came back for some supper.
Later we explored the southern end of Gibson Island to our east. The island is one of those "old money" places that is gated and has mostly tasteful older cottages.