Riding with the wind...

Who: Ko Barrett
Port: Mayo, MD
14 December 2016 | Rhode River
12 December 2016 | Blue Water Marina
05 January 2016
05 January 2016 | Mayo, Md
31 December 2015 | Blue Water Marina: Mayo, MD
25 August 2013 | Choptank River and Knapps Narrows
07 July 2013 | Saratoga Springs, NY
30 April 2013 | HHN
15 April 2013 | HHN
13 April 2013 | HHN
17 February 2013 | HHN
10 February 2013 | HHN
05 February 2013 | Albuquerque, NM
20 January 2013 | HHN
15 January 2013 | HHN
02 December 2012 | Herrington Harbour North
12 November 2012 | HHN to Dividing Creek and return
12 November 2012 | HHN to Dividing Creek and return

Part 1: Sailing to Dividing Creek

12 November 2012 | HHN to Dividing Creek and return
Ko Barrett: Windy, highs in the low 70s
The long holiday weekend presented maybe one of the last opportunities to get out and practice my sailing. Let's go! I was determined to get to Dividing Creek, the highly-touted anchorage that practically splits Wye Island. I left the marina at about 10:30 with nice winds from the South East. I made good time across the Bay and turned into Eastern Bay a little after 2. I tacked my way down to the entrance of the Wye River, where the winds allowed me to sail into Shaw Bay and a bit further before motor-sailing to beat the sunset. At the entrance to Dividing Creek, I dropped the sail and motored to a little turn in the creek to anchor.

While sailing, I had read - yet again - how to operated the manual windlass. Okay, I've got it now. I freed the anchor and started to back up, while letting out the chain and then the rope. I raced back from the bow to the wheel, trying to figure out where I should be to do this successfully without wind. But I ended up not setting the anchor right and starting all over. I could not get the windlass to let the rode out and ended up doing it by hand the second time. I set the anchor, but had no idea how much line was out because it played itself out while I raced back to take Little Wing out of gear. Thankfully, after hauling some of the rode in, I saw the 60' marker, so I could haul a bit in and feel pretty certain it would be okay.
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Vessel Name: Little Wing
Vessel Make/Model: Hinterhoeller Nonsuch 30U
Hailing Port: Mayo, MD
Crew: Ko Barrett
About: Only me, a 58 year old, slightly feisty woman, five years into sailing and LOVING my floating adventure. Short-term goal is to explore the Chesapeake. Later: points North
Extra: Always wanted a waterfront cabin and now I've got the best there is: a floating cabin that meanders to one beautiful place after another.
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Who: Ko Barrett
Port: Mayo, MD