The light fog lifted this morning to reveal the stoutly built "a RÚN," a Kaiser built boat meant for blue water sailing. Sliding across Craford Bay I was photographing her when I noticed the owner was behind the dodger photographing me. I rounded up to speak to say hello. Her homeport told me she was headed to Philadelphia, the man aboard said he and his wife/spouse/partner (not sure which) were coming back from six months in the Bahamas. How nice. I asked him about the cutter's name: a RÚN. It is a gaelic term of endearment - "my love." In fact next year they will be sailing a RÚN to Ireland. I wished them a good and safe journey.
I had Spartina on the Elizabeth River for three days, each day providing variations on weather. Saturday was sunny and comfortable, but with shifting winds. No complaints, it was a pleasant sail made enjoyable by the lack of summer heat and humidity.
Sunday was overcast but with steadier winds. The oldest daughter, a builder and original crew member of Spartina was on board, as was later in the morning the Pilgrim. A touch of light rain that disappeared quickly, it was fun to have a crew on board.
Today was fog and low clouds giving way to blue skies and puffy white clouds. Steadier wind in the morning then dropping off in the afternoon, a nice day to sit back against the coaming and nudge the tiller with my knee.
I also tried out for the first time my new five pound Manson Supreme plow-style anchor. With just five feet of chain the anchor quickly buried itself in the mud/sand bottom of Craford Bay. It will do even better when I use the anchor and chain with a five pound mushroom anchor as a sentinel for overnight anchorages. The only reason I was able to buy the $150+ anchor was a tip from Kevin M who sent a note to several sailing friends about a clearance on Manson anchors - my five pounder costing $30 plus $10 shipping, not a bad deal at all.
When I ordered the new anchor I did not know at the time how badly I needed new ground tackle. I mean you can't wear out an anchor, can you? Switching the chain from the old to new anchor on Friday I looked inside the old ten pound navy style anchor to see that the pin that holds the flukes to the shaft had corroded/worn down to the point to where it was less than 1/32 of an inch wide. Wow. I needed a new anchor. Thanks, Kevin.