Dawn comes with clear skies and a crisp SW wind. The nicest morning of the trip, also the last morning of the trip. Today's forecast is for clear skies (finally) and a nice breeze. Tomorrow calls for high winds and rain. It is a good day to get back to the ramp.
I sail off anchor at 7:30, leaving the cove under mizzen and jib. Out on the Little Annemessex River I raise the full main. Crisfield is just a couple of miles to the NE. The breeze carries me past Long Point where I turn towards the condos on the horizon, the wind just right for sailing wing and wing.
A few deadrises are motoring about the river, some headed towards Smith Islands and others on their way to crab pots in the shallows on either side of the Annemessex. A workboat crosses my bow just outside the narrow entrance to Somers Cove. I notice a man in a skiff pushing a small barge towards Somers Cove as I head wing and wing between the condo to port and the crab house to starboard. Had I seen him earlier I would have rounded up and let him go through first. As it is he idles behind Spartina while we catch winds swirling between the buildings. Once through the entrance I turn off to starboard to let him motor past me. Then I head for the dock. We tie up just after 8 a.m.
For the trip....
distance sailed 141 nautical miles, 162 statute miles
moving time 46 hours
moving average 3.1 knots