Sail off anchor 7:30, low overcast, NE wind, double-reefed main and wearing the drysuit. Forecast calls for a blustery day. Lots of mud and grass on both the plow and mushroom anchors, evidence of a windy night.
Round up outside of Pry Cove to reset the main, looks better now. Making 4.3 across the shallows. 7:40 Johnson Point, sailing close to the marsh but crab pot floats tell me there is plenty of water. Light rain falling. Three deadrises working crab pots. 8:45 slip out on to Tangier Sound.
No longer protected by South Marsh Island, we can feel the wind and the waves. Tack at 9:00 as a patch of blue sky shows above.
Tack again at 9:30, maybe a little less wind and waves. 9:40 see a tug and tow north of Deal Island. Watch them until they disappear in the haze to the east. 9:50 tack, Bishops Head in sight. 10:20 tack, making 4.8 and very pleased with our progress up the sound.
11:00 in Hooper Strait. Fall off to make room for two deadrises, both rigged for oysters, heading west to east on the strait. 11:20 Bishops Head due east, calmer water and wind. 11:50 on the Honga River, 5.6 in a puff. 12:45 tack at Windmill Point. 2:15 light, steady rain. A handful of short tacks following the curve of the river. Anchor down Parks Neck at 2:30.
I wake late in the evening and decide to turn on the AM radio, catch some of the O's game as they get their 100th wind of the year.