With Spartina in tow I leave home and cross the bay bridge tunnel in darkness, first hint of morning light comes heading up the Eastern Shore near the Maryland state line. Stopping for a breakfast sandwich a man sees the boat outside and tells me it is too cold for sailing. It is chilly. Pull up at the ramp in Cambridge earlier than expected. Rig the boat, load supplies and back down to the water on a beautiful morning.
Away from the ramp just after 10 a.m., all sails up a few minutes later on the choppy Choptank River with a NE breeze, a comfortable 4.2 knots headed downriver as I look around Spartina to make sure I've rigged and stowed everything right. Terns dive on baitfish, two sailboats come out of Cambridge and looking west down the Choptank I see two more sails on the horizon.
We round Hambrooks Bar light just before 11:00, water sweeping past the buoys shows we are sailing against an incoming tide. Soon the entrance markers to La Trappe Creek are in sight to the north, moving west at 3 its. NE winds swings to NW and falters. Motor sailing now with birds diving on a large school of baitfish.
Wind fills in at 1:00, downriver at 4 kts. I experiment with the mizzen trying to improve are performance close to the wind. On starboard tacks it is almost chilly in the shade of the main.
Off the Tred Avon River mid-afternoon, we turn towards Island Creek wing and wing, but I change my mind on the night's anchorage and head up the Tred Avon. Wind comes and goes, then fills in just off of Town Creek and Oxford. We sail pass a few mansions and round the point, entering Flatty Cove and tracking the shoreline until I drop anchor out of sight of the mansions, just a corn field to the west and a few modest homes hidden in the trees to the east.