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I’m happy to report that after spending two months in Annapolis, catching up with old friends, getting in some great sails, and feasting on crabs (steamed, soft shell, and crab cakes), we left Annapolis on Thursday, August 27.  We are traveling back to FL in “delivery mode”, i.e., putting in 10-12 hours underway each day, with minimal stops for laundry and groceries, in order to get back to Titusville by the end of September.  Before departing, Murph captured me enjoying a final meal in Annapolis  .  .  .  Steamed crabs, of course! 150826karenslastmeal

That does not preclude seeing some beautiful sunsets and sunrises (in fact, we are now getting underway by ~6am each day, so we are seeing sunrises as we leave the anchorage each morning).  The first photo shows the view of Greenbury Point from Horn Point Marina as we started our voyage home.


Sunrise at Greenbury Point

That evening, we anchored at Solomons, MD and saw the peaceful sunset and moonrise depicted below.  Notice the reflection of the moon in the water.


Sunset and moonrise at Solomons

Leaving Solomons early the next morning provided another opportunity to witness a gorgeous sunrise...


Sunrise at Solomons

We anchored that evening in Deltaville, VA.  The sunrise the next morning was possibly the best we have seen so far on the trip.  The water and sky were filled with striations of pink and blue, so that it was hard to tell where the sky ended and the water began, as shown in the first two photos below.  Once the sun rose above the horizon, the colors were striking, as shown in the third photo.

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Sunrise in Deltaville, VA Sunrise in Deltaville, VA Sunrise in Deltaville, VA

We tied up at a public dock in Norfolk, VA that evening.  The next morning we left before dawn and headed for our next anchorage at Buck Island, NC.  We knew that it would be an extremely long day, and hoped that we would be able to make the anchorage by sunset.  (It can be tricky navigating and dropping anchor in the dark.)  After only a couple of hours into our trip, we had to pass through the Great Bridge Lock, which is quickly followed (if going south) by a bridge that opens only at scheduled times.  As luck would have it, Murphy’s Law hit us (I blame Murph for that).  When we approached the lock and radioed the lock tender for the next opening time, we were told that he was going to open the lock for a northbound barge next, and would open it for us in ~20 minutes.  So we dropped the anchor and waited...and waited...and waited.  An hour and a half later the lock was finally opened for southbound traffic.  Once inside the lock, we had to wait another 30+ minutes in order to coordinate our departure from the lock with the next bridge opening.  All in all, we lost 2.5 hours.  But the silver lining is that there were gorgeous crape myrtles along each side of the lock, so we had a nice view.


Crape myrtles along each side of the Great Bridge Lock

Later that day, as we traveled the North Carolina cut, headed for Coinjock, we came up behind a huge barge (I would estimate 200’ long) carrying iron shavings.  It is risky to pass such a huge vessel in a channel as narrow as the one we were in, but we didn’t want to reduce our speed from a whopping 5 knots to that of the barge for the rest of the day, so Murph decided to pass.  We were motoring as fast as we could go, and it still took ~5 minutes to pass it.  Later in the day, after we had anchored in a small desolate area of the ICW by Buck Island, NC, the barge passed our anchorage.  To get some perspective of the photos below, the barge was in the narrow ICW channel and we were anchored well outside of the channel near land on the other side.

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200ft barge carrying iron shavings 200ft barge carrying iron shavings


Another beautiful sunrise the next morning...



But lest you think that all on the boat is that peaceful, take a look at the photo below.  We awoke that morning to thousands, yes, thousands of small flying insects covering the boat outside.  They were so thick on the window screens that you could barely see through them.  And the cockpit was filled with swarming masses.  There were so many that even with the boat closed up (we were inside the cabin), we could hear them swarming.  Murph exited the cabin with a can of Raid in hand and sprayed the entire boat.  As a result, the boat was covered with their dead bodies and green and brown smears, which turned out to be a real bear to clean up the next day.


Insects covering the boat

Before we left the anchorage, we saw a frog in the cockpit!  Now I ask you, we are sitting on a boat, surrounded by the water, so how does a frog get in the boat??  Maybe he was going after a huge, delicious insect breakfast...nevertheless, how the heck did he get there??  I did Google “flying frog” and found a Wikipedia entry, but it said that flying frogs (aka “gliding frogs”) have webbed feet, which this little guy didn’t have, and in any case there were no nearby trees from which it could glide, so who knows...it’s a mystery.


Frog in the cockpit

A couple of days later, as we were traveling near Hobucken, NC, we were approached by two Navy Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS).  No, they weren’t chasing us, just traveling in the same direction as we were traveling on the ICW.

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Navy Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS) Navy Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS)
Before I close, I just had to include this photo of the smallest vehicle ferry I have ever seen.  If Murph and I had thought of using one of these, we wouldn’t have had to walk to the grocery store these past 4 months!


Ferry transporting a pickup truck

As it turns out, lightning struck close to my home and damaged several items, so I we had to end the cruise sooner than expected. We rented a car on Sept 5 (Labor Day weekend), Murph and I drove to Titusville, then Murph drove the rental car back to the boat at Wrightsville Beach, SC on Sept 7. As luck would have it, the switch on the boat engine also broke on Sept 4. After returning to the boat, Murph was able to buy a switch on Sept 8 and replace the switch on the boat. He brought the boat back to Titusville alone, and arrived on Sept 21.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2015 07:54 )


Days 69-80 Chesapeake Bay, July 4 – 15 by Karen Posey

Hello to All,

It has been a while since my last trip report, so I thought I would share a few photos.  We have been in Annapolis and other locales on the Chesapeake Bay since June 25.  This area is as beautiful, relaxing, charming, and interesting as I remember it.  (Side note for those not from Annapolis: Its nickname is “Naptown”.)150715_chester

Annapolis is a sailor’s town.  The photo shows just a small fraction of the sailboats that are docked in Annapolis. (Part of the Naval Academy is in the far background.)spackmarina

The marina at which we are docked is adjacent to the Annapolis Harbor.  Fireworks are shot off from a barge in the harbor each July 4th, and boats pack the area to watch them.  We took the boat out into the harbor to watch the fireworks display.  The sunset that evening as we left the dock was spectacular (see photo). 

The firework display, while not as grand as the display in nearby Washington, DC, was quite impressive.  It is fun to see them from the water (and sometimes challenging to return to the docks in the dark surrounded by other moving boats when the display is over).  We anchored outside the congestion of boats to make returning to the docks easier.

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A few days later, while returning from a 3-day trip to Weems Creek, we passed a Coast Guard buoy tender (photo).

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That evening, we walked to the City Dock at downtown Annaoplis to listen to the Naval Academy Crabtowne Stompers band.  Various Naval Academy bands give free concerts at the City Dock every Tuesday evening throughout the summer.

The following week, we motored (no wind, so no sailing) up the Chesapeake Bay to the Chester River.  While on the river, we passed the 97-foot long topsail schooner “Sultana” (photo, but top sails not raised), a reproduction of a 1768 Royal Navy revenue cutter that once patrolled the Chesapeake Bay.  It now sails as the “Schoolship of the Chesapeake”, providing under-sail educational programs for more than 5,000 children each year (almost every elementary student in Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore will have the opportunity to sail on “Sultana” at some point).

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We also passed the skipjack pictured here.  Notice the small, separate craft behind it (just touching the stern of the boat).  That vessel is actually pushing the skipjack, which cannot run under its own power. The only purpose of that small craft is to hold the engine. This allows the skipjack to be categorized as a sailboat, not a powerboat, and thus be free from the fishing restrictions that apply to powerboats and not to sail boats.

As we approached Chestertown (our final destination that day), we passed a group of young people (probably students at Washington College) learning to sail.  We tried to steer clear of them, but as we got closer they turned and headed toward us, so we changed course again.  (Hmmm…lesson #1 – don’t try to run down a boat that is bigger than yours :-).

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We also passed a practice session of the Washington College rowing team.


Washington College is the first college chartered in the nation after the Declaration of Independence.  George Washington gave to the college the authorized use of his name, a large founding gift, and five years service on the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors.

Of course, this trip report would not be complete without mentioning another huge horsefly that landed on one of the lights hanging on the lifeline near the cockpit.  Fortunately, he did not bring along any of his buddies.

But all of nature is not threatening.  We anchored in the Chester River and rowed ashore the next day to visit the small, historical town Chestertown.  At the water’s edge, we caught this raft of ducks swimming in the river.


Karen and Murph


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 November 2015 20:38 )


150625naptownHello to All,

We spent June 24 at anchor in Solomons, MD in order to make an overdue trip to the grocery store.  For those who are not familiar with the cruising lifestyle (and believe me, I was not among the knowledgeable before starting this trip), grocery shopping is an all-day affair…15 minutes to lower the dinghy from the davits, half an hour to row ashore, 30-60 minutes to walk to the grocery store, 20150626_dinghyprovisionan hour or more to shop in an unfamiliar store, 30-60 minutes to walk back to the dock pushing the card filled with groceries, half an hour to row, half an hour to move the groceries to the boat and tie up the dinghy to the davits, and 15-30 minutes to find someplace to store the food, which includes removing all cardboard boxes and putting food into plastic bags, etc…usually 5 hours total.

The photo shows a typical haul.  And, yes, we managed to get all that stuff in the dinghy, including the cart and ourselves, without sinking it, while still leaving the middle open for rowing!

20150626_solomonducksWe departed Solomons at 6am the next morning (June 25) because the forecast was calling for 20+ knots of wind in the afternoon.  The photo shows a family of ducks swimming near the boat.  The reflections in the water were picturesque.

We had a wonderful 9-hour trip up the Chesapeake Bay.  My family and friends from Maryland might recognize the Cove Point Lighthouse at Calvert Cliffs and the Calvert Cliffs liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the photos.

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As it turns out, the forecast for 20+ knots was completely wrong…there was no wind and we motored the entire way to Annapolis.  On the other hand, the water, which was smooth as glass, presented a gorgeous view (see photo).20150626_smoothbay

We saw another RORO, approaching Bloody Point Lighthouse (photo).20150626_rorobloodypt

And I just had to include a photo of the famous Thomas Point Lighthouse, a well-known fixture on the Chesapeake Bay and one of the few remaining operational screw pile lighthouses.  (The Drum Point Lighthouse shown in the last trip report is also a screw pile design, but it is no longer operational.)20150626_thomaspt

As we got closer to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, we saw the familiar sight of freighters lined up at anchor, waiting for the go-ahead to proceed to Baltimore.

For those who have never seen the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, I wanted to include a photo showing the 5-mile-long structure.  Of course, it is difficult to capture that in a single photo.  The photo, which was taken from over 5 miles away and has those large freighters in the foreground, might give some sense of the length of this amazing bridge.

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We arrived at the Horn Point Marina in Annapolis mid-afternoon.  We had traveled 997 nautical miles (1,147 statute miles) since leaving Titusville on April 27!

Shortly after docking, as we were surveying the surrounding waters from the cockpit, we saw several groups of boats on the Bay.  Some groups were sailing classes, some were boat races.  The photo captures one of the groups.20150626_smallsailboats

We also observed “The Woodwinds” sailing vessel on one of its tours.  “The Woodwinds” is a 74-foot schooner that provides 2-hour public sailing cruises, including sunset cruises, in the Annapolis Harbor, Chesapeake Bay, and nearby Severn River.  I took a cruise on  “The Woodwinds” years ago, and really enjoyed it.  If you are ever in Annapolis, I highly recommend it.

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The next day (June 26, our first full day in Annapolis) was laundry day.  No rest for the weary…I know, with such a great adventure, there is no room for whining, and actually, even doing the laundry is fun :-).  The photo shows our departure from the docks, which was followed by a 2.1-mile walk pushing the cart to the laundromat, access to Wi-Fi at McDonald’s while the laundry was washing/drying, and a 2.1-mile walk back, all in all a 5-hour event.  It’s amazing how excited one can get when one has good access to Wi-Fi…it’s the little things in life :-).20150626_karenlaundry

During the next two months in Annapolis, we plan to sail as much as the weather will allow, taking day trips or overnights to various ports and adjacent waterways along the Bay.  Hopefully, this will include many of the following:  Baltimore, Rock Hall, St. Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Kent Narrows, Galesville, Sassafras River, South River, Severn River, White Hall Bay, Patapsco River, etc.  Too many to mention.

Now that we have arrived in Annapolis, I no longer plan to send out periodic trip reports, but might send out occasional photos from some of these magnificent sailing locations.

Thank you for sharing in this journey with us.  Have a wonderful summer.  And please contact us if you are in the area and would like to join us for a sail!


Karen and Murph

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:50 )


150623solomnsWe continued our trip north on the Chesapeake the next day (June 22) and anchored in a quiet little anchorage in Reedville, VA.  The photo shows the beautiful sunset that evening.

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We had to be underway by 6am the next day (June 23), so we caught the sunrise photo.

In order to avoid too boisterous a ride today, we put a second reef in the main and a single reef in the jib and motor-sailed for 8 hours on the Chesapeake to Solomons, MD.  We saw several lighthouses along the way.  I am disappointed that I did not take photos of all of them, but four of them are shown below…New Point Comfort Lighthouse, Wolf Trap Lighthouse, Smith Point Lighthouse, and Point No_Point Lighthouse.

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We also passed a towboat pulling a barge of gravel…interesting sight to see on the open water.20150623_towgravel

Another interesting sight on the Chesapeake that day: a RORO (roll on, roll off car carrier transporting up to 8,000 new cars across the ocean)…20150623_roro

We arrived in Solomons, MD mid-afternoon and felt immediately at home in a favorite stopover town for sailors that we both know well.  The photo below shows Drum Point Lighthouse, which was retired and relocated to Solomons at the Calvert Maritime Museum.20150623_calvertmuseum

We rowed ashore in the dinghy for dinner (hooray for no canned goods!).  A serious lightning storm passed over us, so we waited it out in the restaurant until there was a brief break in the weather so that we could safely (and without too much discomfort) row back to the boat.  We will stay in Solomons tomorrow (June 24) to re-provision, and then HEAD TO ANNAPOLIS!!


Karen and Murph

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:49 )


Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! We’re finally in the Bay!!

150621dltavlThe Norfolk Harbor is an amazing 15-mile stretch of maritime commerce and operations.  The photos below, all taken in the Norfolk Harbor, show…

The aircraft carrier “Ike”, which was one of 4-5 aircraft carriers in the harbor (more than most countries own);20150621_ike

the battleship “Wisconsin” 20150621_wisconsin(a celebrated battleship that served in World War II and the Korean War) alongside the schooner “Virginia” (a replica of the original schooner “Virginia” that served as a pilot vessel during World War I);

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and the Norfolk skyline.20150621_norfolk

We saw huge and colorful container cranes loading cargo on the barges.

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  The second photo below gives you some sense of their enormous size.  The “small” boat in the foreground is actually a US Coast Guard security boat, capable of mounting a 50-caliber machine gun on its bow…looks like a toy boat in the photo!

The afternoon provided the title for this trip report…”Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! We’re finally in the Bay!!”  We entered the Chesapeake Bay by noon. What a sight to see the water open up with nothing but the horizon and an occasional boat in view.20150621_chesapeake With wind speeds of 15-20 knots and 3ft waves, we had 3-4 hours of “boisterous” sailing (read that: stuff flying all over the cockpit!).  Murph was at the wheel for most of it because it took great force to keep the boat at its proper heading. Murph later admitted that he probably had too much sail up…I wonder if that explains why the books in the cabin flew over the 2” lip and off the shelf :-).  We ended the day tired but exhilarated.

The next day (June 21) provided another wonderful 3- to 4-hour sail.  This one was “brisk” as opposed to “boisterous” (which made it more comfortable), but Murph still tested the limits of the wind and currents.  He put out the whisker pole (see photo) to take advantage of what he thought would be 5- to 10-knot winds, but the winds stayed at 15 knots and Murph was hesitant to take down the whisker pole, so we had quite a ride.  The short video (click on the photo)20150621_mobjack was taken during the sail.

We pulled into Deltaville, VA in early evening and anchored in the very small harbor.20150621_deltavillecottages  There was a flotilla of Aqua Lodge floating cottages (see photo) nearby…something I had never seen before, though Murph says that there is a live-aboard floating cottage at Annapolis Landing Marina.


Karen and Murph

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:47 )

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