Wednesday, June 21, 2023

day nine - tacking, tacking, tacking

Sail of anchor 6:25. Calm, cool night.  More wind than I expected in the morning.  I leave in the double reef in the main from yesterday.  Three deadrises working trotlines on the Honga River.

Fall off a bit at the bridge between Middle and Upper Hoopers Islands to let a deadrises towing a skiff pass through ahead of me.  Through the bridge easily at 7:10.  

Making 5.2 wind forward of beam on Chesapeake Bay.  Sail our way through the barges and tugs building up the rip rap on Barren Island.  Off the north end of the island at 8:15.  Lighter wind and making 2.2.  

Round up to shake out both reefs, full sail making 4.2.  Then a little more wind and 4.5 and we begin a series of tacks from the Eastern Shore out to the shipping channel and back.  Roughly 30 minute tacks carries us from shore just to the edge of the channel, perfect.  

At the edge of the channel rounding up at the red buoy at 9:15 making 5.3 on a pretty morning.  Soon less wind and doing3.9.  Tacks at 9:45 and 11:10.  At 11:35 navionics app shows pointed north while the gps track shows us sliding west.  The tide is carrying us a bit.  

Shortening the tacks as we approach Oyster Point we come about at 11:45, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45 and 1:00.  Closer to the point and more tacks at 1:35, 1:50 and 2:20.  Wind swings to the north and light, 3.3.    At 3:00 tack to the point and at 4:00 turn into the Little Choptank.  Lighter wind and slow but steady sailing  to the northeast across the river.

5:00 entering Brooks Creek, anchor down off Carson Neck at 5:25.

38.36 NM

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