Pedal to the Metal, part 2
21 September 2021
Torben & Judy Bentsen
Arches National Park, UT
To complete the Pedal to the Metal, 4 1/5 days of 10-11 hour a day driving, and we rolled into Copper!
Pedal to the Metal
21 September 2021 | Solomon's Island/Copper
Judy | Nice
Tucked away at Solomons Island YC
When the horse is pointed to the barn, there is no stopping it.
At 7 AM, we began unwinding ourselves by going back through the East River and of course, waving goodbye to the Statue of Liberty, and exiting New York harbor at 12 PM. By the time we reached Delaware Bay total darkness had set in. Torben, the guy with nerves of steel navigated us through the narrow channel amid barges and ships that were traveling in both directions. Not my cup of tea! I relieved him at daybreak, and he slept until we reached the C&D Canal at 10 AM.
When we excited the Canal, the Chesapeake was riddled with logs and other debris from the aftermath of hurricane Ida. The water was surprisingly muddy. We finally agreed on a place to anchor which ended up being a cool historic little town called Havre D Grace. During the First Congress in 1789, the town missed by only one vote being named the capital of the United States!
The following two days, we continued down the Chesapeake for a one-hundred-mile run. Her last leg of her summer shake down cruise had only one mishap. But hey, who needs fuel when you’re on a sailboat?
Tivoli is resting and recuperating in a slip at the Solomon’s Island Yacht Club until we return October 12. As you can see from the posted picture, Tivoli is a little big for her britches! Torben and I feel good that she is being well taken care of. (And we don’t mind that one of the members said he drank all our beer!) The Solomon Yacht Club boosts to be the friendliest Yacht Club on the Chesapeake. I bid to differ. They are the friendliest group of sailors we have ever come across. They take the Corinthian spirit to a whole new level! We are looking forward to our return!
Hurricane Hole again?
02 September 2021 | Oyster Bay NY
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Still a bit windy
Wind last night at 10:30, I did not get a shot at the higher readings.
The last blog had us waiting for the remnants of Hurricane Henry, which turned out to produce winds only in the low 20’s in our location and no waves at all. This blog will deal with the remnants of Hurricane Ida, the one that drenched Louisiana a few days ago.
But a quick recap of Tivoli activities in the last 10 days first.
• Ran over a lobster pot line, that wedged itself around the shaft and drive, when coming out of Seal Bay in thick fog – caused some very interesting engine vibration for a few days until we could find a diver to cut it off in Port Clyde
• Our farewell dinner with Nicole and Trip in Perry Creek added another RYC reunion – in the same anchorage was Tod and Liz Baylis on their Sabre – they recognized our boat name on AIS and come over for a chat and cocktail.
• What turned out to one of our favorite stops – Port Clyde – brought another reunion, this time with RYC members Deb and Jim Gregory of Morpheus. Lots of fun as always, also for Scuppers who played hard with their dachshund, Travis.
• Next was Boothbay harbor where we were hosting Pickleball friends Lyn and Tim from Copper for an overnight. This turned out to be quite interesting as our freshwater pump stopped pumping fresh water! We delayed them while trying to trouble shoot the issue and actually sent them off to a supermarket for ten one gal jugs of water on the way. They took it in stride that their hotel on the water had no water.
• When going South from Maine you have to pick weather windows on days when you don’t have the usual southerly winds, so without running water we were off for a 180 NM run to Newport RI via the Cape Cod Canal. Only real exciting incident along the way was seeing a US Warship approach on AIS from 8 miles away at 32 knots on an interception course. They passed 200 yards in front of us, and when Judy took a picture of them it came out scrambled as if they were not there at all!
• Newport saw another reunion/farewell as Clarity – Mel and John of RYC – were anchored next to us. Good times going out for dinner and moral support from John the next morning as the freshwater system got ripped apart – the culprit ended up being some chewing gum like substance clogging the connection between the manifold and strainer – it could not be cleaned and is now temporarily replaced with a piece of hose.
Anyway, off to the next hurricane encounter. What was left of Ida was supposed to hit the area last night with 30 knot winds and heavy rain. We decided to run across Long Island Sound to hide out in Oyster Bay. On the trip across, the system arrived a little earlier than anticipated, so we ended up being quite concerned with our dinghy that we were foolishly towing – we ended up with just a triple reefed mainsail in order to keep the speed down to about 5-6 knots in the building waves. We found a good anchor spot in 15 feet of water and put down a lot of chain with the anchor before committing mistake # 2…..leaving the dinghy trailing behind the boat.
Come 10 PM, an hour after cruisers midnight, all hell broke loose with torrential rain – by the time we got out of bed to check on things it had calmed down a bit, the max wind speed showing was 51 knots and did not sound like the first onslaught that must have been 60. The wind stayed in the 30 – 40 knot range for about an hour, then settled down to a steady 30. We are happy to report that the anchor held and the only casualty was that our yacht flag (that should have been taken down at sunset ) blew away and the dinghy almost filled up with rain water. Took several 100’s bucket loads to get it empty!