Monday, October 30, 2023
Back home after five weeks on the water. Some great sailing, saw some good friends and enjoyed both the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels and the Sultana Downrigging Festival in Chestertown. Above is a nice photograph of SPARTINA on the Chestertown waterfront, forwarded to me by Kristen. Pretty nice, don't you think?
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
We arrived in Chestertown yesterday afternoon, a day earlier than planned/expected. I had intended to spend a night on Southeast Creek and then come in this morning. The wind was just too good, I couldn’t walk away from it.
The morning began on Davis Creek just inside the larger Langford Creek. Small craft warnings with northwest winds gusting to the mid 20s. I began with a double reefed main, mizzen and jib. Once on the open water, exposed to wind and waves on the beam, I sailed under just mizzen and jib, making a little over four knots through the chop.
It was rough on the wide part of the Chester River. Once past Deep Point the river quickly narrows to less than a half mile wide. I had all the wind but no longer the chop. How nice. I followed the river to Melton Point where it begins a series of curves to the northwest. Conveniently the wind slacked and I raised a reefed main, then soon the full main. The sky was blue and wind perfect as I bypassed a potential anchorage. Soon I was on the Devils Reach (though the devil was apparently elsewhere at the time), tacking into a steady breeze until we rounded Primrose Point. And there was Chestertown.
Today is maintenance and cleaning Tomorrow and the next few days will be day sailing on the Chester as the tall ships begin to arrive for the Downrigging Festival.
And so ends and enjoyable and interesting fall cruise.