Sail off anchor 7:05 with a reefed main and under a low overcast with rain and fog. Very choppy and rough in the early morning hours. I had thought I had picked a good anchorage protected from the wind. Maybe it was wind against tide, the boat shaking back and forth in the darkness. Shake out the reef at 7:30. A soggy Banana walnut Rx bar, buffalo bar and cup of peaches for breakfast.
Swells on the starboard beam, a rough ride across the mouth of the Choptank. Flocks of seagulls feeding on schools of baitfish, a sign of school stripers below. Too far away for a cast. Cracks of blue in the clouds and the sun feels good.
8:35 clouds from across the Bay slide to the Eastern Shore, dark with hints of rain. And then just plain rain. Off Blackwalnut Point at 8:45. No wind and under power at 9:15. I cut the power and try to sail, the gps shows the tide carrying us backwards.
No wind and an opposing tide, not going anywhere fast. And on top of that I need to top off the fuel tank. Knapp's Narrows, just a few miles away, could solve all my problems. An unexpected north wind and we sail to the entrance markers.
Main and jib down at 9:30. In the channel at 9:40. Docked at the marina 10:30.
A great burger with Old Bay fries for lunch. 10.41 NM for the day.