Whisper Sailing

Bill and Judy's adventures continue..........

24 April 2017 | Bahamas
03 April 2017 | Thompson Bay
31 March 2017 | Great Exuma
28 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina
17 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | Little Farmers Cay, Exemas
14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Spanish Wells, Bahamas
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
19 December 2016 | Addison NASA Bridge
19 December 2016 | Cave Cay to Spence Rock
04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
10 April 2016 | Abaco
31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco
30 March 2016 | Bahamas
09 March 2016 | B;ackpoint Settlement. Exumas

Maryland's Eastern Shore

24 October 2015 | Maryland, Eastern Shore
We love, love, love the Eastern shore. After the craziness and bustle of Annapolis, we needed a change and we found it.

First stop, St Michael's. We anchored in Fogg Cove, just outside the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Inn at Perry Creek (named in honor of Oliver Perry, Battle of Lake Erie, on whose ship the owner served). Uproar anchored just off the channel in not quite enough water. The museum is amazing... the first one I've ever been in that encourages one to touch and examine the exhibits instead of putting a plexiglass wall between the viewer and the exhibit. It took us a day and a half to experience it all.... the Skipjacks, crabbing and oyster displays among our favorites.

From there Whisper cruised up the Wye River (rivers here are much bigger and wider than I imagined) to Dividing Creek. This anchorage was small and intimate, only two other boats, and was the first to remind us of our Georgian Bay favorites. It gave us the most calm and serene night in weeks.

Next on our agenda was the Watermen's Festival at Tilghman Island. To get there Whisper had to navigate a shoally and narrow channel at the midpoint of the Island. We anchored with Uproar in the Bay of the Choptank as the water was too shallow for us in the harbor. Besides, the harbor was full of workboats. The next morning we awoke to the surprise of a race mark just off our port side. We were anchored on the workboat race course. Needless to say, we moved out of range of these high powered boats. The highlight of the day was the workboat docking contest. Don't miss the video on my Facebook page. What a hoot!!!

We sought a calmer anchorage for the night, choosing the Plaindealing Creek of the Tred Avon River. The next morning we took a slip in Oxford, just a mile or so from the anchorage. Oxford is home to Hinkley Boats as well as the Cutts and Case Shipyard. It is a lovely town of centuries old homes with lots of very expensive boats. We got a personal tour of the Cutts and Case buildings from the current owner, Ron, who carries on his grandfather's boat building tradition. He also had a roomful of old motorcycles, which Russ could hardly tear himself away from!

The next stop was a short hop from Oxford, to La Trappe Creek on the Choptank River. This was by far, the best anchorage of the Chesapeake. The two boats anchored behind a sand spit in a lovely bay full of herons, ducks and geese (but too shallow for crab). We spent three nights there and could have stayed more. A large house with outbuildings occupied the west end of the bay. The caretaker, Dan, invited us to visit and told us the history of the house built in the 1800s. Other homes in the area dated back to the 1700s. Dan also taught us how to fetch oysters from the sand at low tide... we learned how long it takes to clean and shuck 60 oysters!!! But they were huge and yummy! We had oyster shooters one night and Oysters Rockefeller the next.

Reluctantly we left the anchorage for Cambridge, where we learned there would be a Schooner Rendezvous from the boats that did the Great Schooner Race. Fall sailing in the Chesapeake has turned out to be a wonderful time of year to be here.
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Vessel Name: Whisper
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34-2
Hailing Port: Milwaukee WI
Crew: Bill and Judy
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Whisper's Photos - Main
Every shade of blue-green-purple greets our eyes on a continuing basis
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Created 24 April 2017
Our first island anchorages were in the Berries. Sugar sand beaches, clear blue water, conch and starfish, everyday a new wonderful experience.
10 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We are spending over a week in Bimini waiting for weather to cross to the Berry Islands (a 75 mile crossing that will require two good days). So we walk, drive, and dinghy our way around North Bimini to learn about the land and the people.
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Created 6 February 2016
There were many projects we did to upgrade Whisper to a more efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable boat.
7 Photos
Created 10 January 2016
The many contrasting scenes on the Intercoastal Waterway
36 Photos
Created 25 December 2015
Our favorite anchorage on the eastern shore. The cove featured St Martin Point house and grounds, a 19th century home with accommodations for eighteen people, currently available as vacation rental. Dan, the caretaker invited us to explore the house and grounds.
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Created 28 October 2015
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Created 27 October 2015
Workboat Festival
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Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
6 Photos
Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2015
Fixed bridges, lift bridges, railroad bridges, road bridges, bridges to nowhere.
8 Photos
Created 13 September 2015
"I stayed too long at the fair"
12 Photos
Created 11 September 2015
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Created 1 September 2015
I walked from the yacht club to the downtown area to purchase a nautical chart at the general store. Charming homes from the mid-1800s with fenced in yards and patios. Main square at City Hall has umbrella tables and chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, wished we could stay longer.
7 Photos
Created 27 August 2015
Transiting the 243 miles of the Trent Severn Waterway system
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Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
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Created 6 August 2015
We took Whisper on a loop through the French River Small Craft Route with Russ and Lisa onboard. Uproar can't do the route because of depth...and maybe width!
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Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
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Created 23 July 2015
First anchorage in Canada
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Created 14 July 2015
Scenes from one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan
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Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
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Created 17 June 2015