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.