Not raining, just wet

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Tolchester Marina

Flag of United States  , Maryland
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We got underway just before 7:00 this morning. Pete motored us through the remainder of the C&D Canal while Connor and I put a reef in the mains'l. As we entered the Chesapeake Bay, the winds were from the west, exactly the direction we were heading, so we continued motoring in the hope that we would be able to successfully sail once we made a turn further south.  It was a sunny and beautiful morning, and we enjoyed looking at the shore of the Chesapeake. There is still some colorful foliage down here, and there were some beautiful houses and farms to see.
As we carried on and the wind maintained its intensity, the seas began to build. Unlike out in the ocean where we usually have the swell that has been coming at a steady pace over a long distance, in the bay, the waves we were dealing with were much more frequent, choppy, and built up by the exceptional gusts we were experiencing. It was a pretty tedious day of being blown around and tossed by the waves. It was always hard to tell which waves would totally throw you off course (we gave Pepe the day off...he couldn't quite handle it) or throw you across the cabin - no joke. I flew from my resting post on one settee to the settee on the opposite side. Luckily, I wasn't quite asleep so I was able to spring myself in what I'm sure looked like a terrible and ridiculous attempt at a gymnast move.  And then there were also those waves that would completely douse the person at the helm. Despite the sunny skies, foul weather gear was a must.

After being under motor for ten hours and only having covered 30 nautical miles (ouch...), we finally decided it was going to be better to just duck in for the night instead of trying to continue.  Connor noticed a little protected harbor with tons of masts in the air, and he suggested that that might be our spot - as it was already almost sundown and the next opportunity would be another 5-6 miles (read two hours away), Pete quickly called them up to see if we could stay for the night. They totally understood given the conditions, and we turned in there.  The people were very nice, and, even though they didn't charge us, they gave us the code to unlock their heated bathroom and shower facility. It was glorious - a very nice treat after a long day.

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Sally Adamson Taylor on

Nothing like a hot shower after a long day's slog! Im for going ashore as often as possible, preferably while there is still light to see everything. Sorry I couldnt have been there to cheer you on down the Chesapeake Bay. It is fun sailing, mostly.

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