Up a little after 6 a.m., a perfectly calm night on Dividing Creek save for a brief panicked scream from a boat unseen in the darkness. Under power down the creek passing by Bobby's LAGNIAPPE with her brand new boom tent. 6:45 at the mouth of the creek and full sail, an osprey chirps from a nest in the trees on the point, a crabber works a trotline on the Wye River.
Sun over the trees at 7:05 and we sail out of the wind shadow along shore. Peanut butter RXbar and a Tanka buffalo bar for breakfast. Making 4.4.
The wind gets stronger as we head down the Wye. Tuck in a reef, 4.6. At 7:40, looking out at the Miles River beyond Bennett Point I can see waves from the northwest wind. Tuck in the second reef. 7:50 on the Miles River.
We find rough water and plenty of wind, making 6.0 and the gps hits 7.4 riding down the face of a wave.
Round Deepwater Point at 8:25 and find calmer water. Sails down 8:45, docked St. Michaels at 8:50.
Having lunch at The Blue Crab I run into Bobby and his friend Don. Bobby explains the shout in the darkness last night. A large sailboat was heading up the creek and somehow didn't see LAGNIAPPE'S clearly visible anchor light. At the last second a woman on board sees the small boat and screams to the man at the wheel. Bobby pokes his head out of his boom tent to see the larger boat just a few feet away. The boat turns and heads off to its anchorage.