Tuesday, May 31, 2011
We're back home. Or at least I am. Bruce has a three thousand mile flight tomorrow. Twelve hours on the road today, driving from Chestertown back to Onancock to get the jeep and trailer, then back to Chestertown to get Spartina, then driving home. Long day, but it was a good trip and well worth it.
Below is our track. I think it is about 270 statute miles of sailing over nine days. I hope to start the daily logs this weekend.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Above some some ingredients for sausage, shrimp and lentil dinner (Bruce hasn't come up with a name for this dish yet). The sausage, shrimp and beef were put in quart bags and frozen. They'll be kept inside a double soft-sided cooler with dry ice, then thawed out as we go.
Another night will be beef stew with fresh veggies and red wine. We got a box of wine that is a little larger than needed for the stew. What will we do with the rest?
After the food was sorted we started on the sleeping gear and clothes (a few shirts, couple pair of pants will do the trick).
It is all coming together in the garage. We'll do junk on the bunk this afternoon, using the WaterTribe equipment check list as the basis for our gear. Then we'll load up the jeep.
Oh -- and strawberry pie from Bergey's Breakbasket, the old dairy farm the road. The strawberries were picked this morning from a farm next door, pie was baked late morning. It was still warm when I picked it up. It doesn't get any fresher than that. No we won't be taking it on the trip. It will be dessert tonight.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I'm starting to peek at, but not quite believe, the weather forecasts. Right now it looks pretty good for the start of the trip. I haven't yet checked the wind forecast, won't do that until Thursday I expect.
Two more days of work, then I head to the airport to pick up Bruce.
Curt sent me his track from his North Carolina trip. He has color coded each day of the trip aboard his Drascombe Coaster Annie. You can see he has covered a lot of our favorite sailing grounds - the Neuse River, Beaufort, Cape Lookout, Core Sound and the beautiful canals behind Cedar Island. Plus he made the sail over to Ocracoke, something I have not yet done.
Nice trip, Curt. Thanks for sharing the track.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I expect the temperatures for the bay trip will be much more reasonable.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I picked up this Yo-Zuri floating crystal minnow at Wal-Mart this morning (at least a couple of bucks cheaper than Bass Pro Shops for the exact same lure). I can't help myself. I will say that I have had more luck catching fish on Chesapeake Bay than the North Carolina coast. You can see some of the Bay catches here, here and here. We'll be trolling for both stripers and bluefish, they can make for some excellent meals on the griddle. (The lure is really silver on the sides, the rainbow effect comes from the lure catching the morning light.)
Speaking of food for dinner, picked up some nice wild caught shrimp at the grocery store at an excellent price. I'll clean them and toss the heads into the composter.
I'll saute the shrimp in a little olive oil and butter seasoned with strips of garlic scapes, above, then serve over pasta with roasted red pepper sauce (the peppers just came out of the broiler) and sprinkle with this slices of fresh, crisp spring onions. Both the scapes and onions are from nearby Bergey's Breadbasket, a former dairy farm that has converted to a bakery, deli and vegetable farm. You ought to see their strawberry pies.
I need to remember to pinch down the barbs on the new lure.
Dinner's at 6.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I did get off from work mid-afternoon, in time to come home and do a little work. I used a grinder to cut the bronze snap hook off of the Pelican waterproof box that keep Bruce's nice Canon camera dry and safe. The spring on the hook had failed and it needed to be replaced.
On solo sails I carry just my Pentax Optio camera, when Bruce is along we have both the Pentax and his Canon dslr with both wide angle and telephoto lenses. With two of us on board we've got enough hands to manage both the boat and the camera, the result being both more and (hopefully) better images.
I also bought a bottle of Campsuds, our standard dish cleaning liquid on Spartina. We've been using an old bottle of Bruce's for a long while now - only a few drops are needed for each washing so it seemed to last forever. That bottle was getting low, so I bought this 8 oz bottle to refill the smaller one. This current supply will last for years.
I've also been looking over the charts and google earth images of the route. I'm pretty familiar with most places along the way. But there are some new spots such as Deal Island, above, that I have only seen from a distance. From the chart book and this image there appear to be some breakwaters and a narrow entrance to the harbor. Being a port for working boats I expect there will be steady traffic in the channel and we'll probably just follow another boat in, but it is good to have an idea of where we are going.
We'll be visiting some of my favorite places with interesting names - Bloody Point and Punch Island Creek being two of them. A new place for this trip will be Slaughter Creek. I really love names like that, always wonder what inspired them. And I'm glad to have those names in my log book.
Spartina is a mess right now as I've dropped several items in there wating for the junk on the bunk day. You can see the new hook for the Pelican box, a spare spark plug, binoculars and some fruit cups. The fan beneath all the stuff is the one I use to dry out the storage area beneath the decks after each sail.
I also cleared the gps of both the North Carolina waypoints and the tracks from the walkabout. I'm always reluctant to clear the tracks of a sail, even though I have copied a .gpx file onto my computer. I have an irrational attachment to the digital information saved each night at anchor - the speeds, directions and distances covered. There are a lot of memories tucked into that information. But I needed to create room for the new tracks.
I wonder where we'll drop the anchor, hit the "ok" button on the SPOT and click "save track" on the gps the first night out of Onancock. Watts Island? Or down at the little sand hook called Cod Harbor at the south end of Tangier Island? We'll see.