Annapolis at last
08 September 2006 | Eastport Yacht Club
We finally made it. Couldn't have asked for a better day to sail to Annapolis. A gentle breeze, warm sun, and smooth water all the way from Solomon's Island.
when we arrived there were sails everywhere, from old Chesapeak wooden ketches, to little sabots with fledgling sailors at the helm. J boats and Vovo 70s sailed past as we pulled into the Eastport Yacht Club, just across Spa Creek from the Naval Academy.
We had a great dinner with Billy and Donna Phillips who had crewed ZT from Charleston to Norfolk, then repaired to the ship to watch one of the Hornblower movies.
Tomorrow Kay and Susan join us and we will all watch the UT OSU football game together. There are a lot of Texas fans here, and the excitement is building. Yesterday we watched last year's game on ESPN.
For today's history lesson I learned about the last battle of the Revolutionary War called the battle of the barges. It seems that a bunch of Eastern Shore Virginians got tired of the harrasing British Fleet and pulled a bunch of barges out into one of the narrow parts of the bay and took on the remains of the British Fleet on the very day that the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the war. It didn't turn out to well for the Americans, they lost over 50 men, but it did help drive the Britts out of the bay.
So much has transpired in these waters on on this ground. History wispers at you with every step down cobbled streets. It is a wonderful place to sit and think about where this country has been and where it must go to survive. I hope to have the time to do that over the next two months as we sail in and out of these historic ports.