Friday, September 30, 2011
I painted this at the cabin.
7" by 10" Watercolor
Jennifer Harris took this photo of me painting at the cabin.
Here's a pic of the photographer biking:)
To view my snapshots from biking and canoeing, click on this link:
Thursday, September 29, 2011
View my picasa web album here:
Thanks to Eric Weissberger, Jane Becker, and Dawn and Paul Miller for taking the photographs!
View the article about the race in The Capital:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
7" by 10" Watercolor
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I painted this in the marina in Solomon's Island, Maryland where we spent one night of our cruise. It's the view looking out of the harbor at the mouth of the Patuxent River.
7 1/2" by 10" Watercolor
Saturday, September 17, 2011
This is the view of the shore from our anchorage where we spent the night of Monday, September 5.
7 1/2" by 10" Watercolor
Friday, September 16, 2011
I painted this last Monday, on the third day of the cruise. It is the painting that I was working on in the photo that I posted on Tuesday, September 6.
7 1/2" by 10" Watercolor
Thursday, September 15, 2011
With half a tank of diesel left, we motored out of Shaw Bay in the fog. The wind never came up, so we motored the whole way home to Annapolis. When we got out on the Chesapeake Bay, we could see that the water was now the color of brown mud and full of debris. This was running down the bay from the flooding in Pennsylvania. We managed not to hit anything, but the southbound current slowed us down about a knot and a half. We got Ca Ira and Morgaine put away and cleaned up about 1730, just as another thunderstorm came through... an appropriate end to our week's cruise!
Link to the last photos from the trip:
As we napped on Saturday morning after our night sail, the Shaw Bay anchorage slowly filled up with cruising boats anchoring. They were coming to Shaw Bay to hear a local band, Them Eastport Oyster Boys, play a concert on an anchored raft-up. My parents arrived on their Luders 36, Interlude, and Dawn and Paul Miller arrived on their Herreshoff Rozinante, Honalee. We pulled up our anchor in the afternoon to go raft up with them closer to the concert boats. Later, on, I went rowing with my parents over to the "Slosh Pit," a group of dinghys crowding around the band. It was a lot of fun.
In the evening we got a bit of a scare as a raft-up of about seven or eight Catalinas pulled up their anchors and moved AS A FLEET, still tied together, under power straight at us! They managed to turn the raft in time, and went and anchored not nearly far enough away from us. Later that night, I was just about to fall asleep when I saw through the companionway, the glowing red/ green navigation lights of two sailboats RIGHT on our stern. I jumped up to the cockpit and saw two of the Catalina fleet maneuvering around the anchorage looking for a new spot to anchor. No harm was done, but it was a bit unsettling!
Link to the rest of the photos:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
We backtracked, then aimed for the outer green mark at Knapp's Narrows (which, luckily, was lit.) From there we set our course to the Poplar Island channel based on the waypoints I had entered into the GPS a couple of years earlier when I had gone through in daylight. We got to where the first mark was supposed to be, then passed it. But we could not see any of the channel marks at all, and we only had about 8' of water, so I got scared and turned hard around again. I decided to go around the outside of Poplar Island. We headed for the shipping channel and heard two commercial vessels chatting on Ch. 13. The wind was dying, so we started the engine. We saw a big car carrier headed north and hailed him. He had seen us on radar, but we kept out of his way by staying to the east side of the channel near the two reds by Poplar Island. The waves were really large and disturbed here, I think because of the rapid depth change, plus the wind was rising again.
We raised the sails again in the Eastern Bay, but I was disoriented and steered the wrong angle so we almost ran aground just past the green buoy off of Bloody Point. We got out of the shoal by heading up closed-hauled back to the center of the Eastern Bay. We sailed most of the way towards Tilghman Point, then the wind dropped again and we lowered the jib and started the engine. As we rounded Tilghman Point, the main started to flog, so we lowered it.
We motored up the Miles River to the daymarks that mark the channel to the north of Herring Island. The predawn light was just starting to shine then. In the dim light, we motored into Shaw Bay and anchored at 0700 Saturday morning, exhausted!
At 0930, with assistance from the very friendly and helpful dock hands, Daniel and I departed Somers Cove Marina, in Crisfield, MD, on Ca Ira with Morgaine in tow. An hour later we killed the engine and raised the main and genoa. At 1300 the sun came out and we raised the kite to take advantage of the southerly winds out on the Chesapeake Bay. We had a lovely sail for about an hour until the wind died and we started motoring. Around 1530, we had a slight breeze so we raised the spinnaker only and ran up the bay. The boat was moving at about three knots downwind against a strong current. The current was from flooding in Maryland and Pennsylvania caused by the recent tropical storms and high amounts of rainfall. Ca Ira was coasting along so calmly and flatly that we were able to grill shrimp and veggies for dinner underway in the middle of the bay. I raised the radar reflector from the port flag halyards before the sun went down.
At 2055 we saw ships coming down the channel towards us, but the wind had gotten so light that we could not maneuver out of the way. We pulled down the spinnaker and started the engine. The wind came back and an hour and a half later we raised the main and blade jib. We set a course for the Poplar Island Channel.
For more photos from last Friday, day seven, click on this link:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
By posting pictures on Picasa, I hope that they are available to my Non-Facebook friends and family, you know who you are...
Here's the link to the photos from the first day of my cruise.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
This morning I painted for a while and Daniel got a lift to a grocery store from a fellow sailor. We took on ice and water and considered how we were going to get both boats safely out of the slip with a strong wind pinning the boats to the dock. Finally, we devised a plan that Daniel would assist me with Ca Ira's lines and I would motor her away from the dock. Then Daniel would row Morgaine out to meet me. It was a success! We motored out to Mill Creek with Morgaine in tow and had just set the hook when a thunderstorm hit! After it cleared, we decided to press on, undaunted, with Morgaine. We rowed her up Mill Creek wher we saw laborers fell a tree damaged in Sunday night's thunderstorm. We continued to the rapids at the headwaters of Mill Creek and we got soaked by the next rain sqall:)
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
This morning I painted a watercolor and Daniel went rowing in Old House Cove. We motored to Solomon's Isand for diesel, water, ice, and hot showers. Under the main alone, we ran up the Patuxent eating pretzels and humus with rum and listening to hard rock on the stereo:) We anchored in St. Leonard's Creek without another boat in sight. I finished another painting and then took Morgaine sailing until the wind came up as a squall blew through! Luckily, I was upwind of Ca Ira and drifted back to her under bare poles. We then discovered that raw shrimp doesn't keep for three days in an icebox, so we reheated part of a baked chicken for dinner!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
We woke up only slightly damp to a beautiful morning on Harris Creek. We weighed anchor at 9AM to tack down the bay. Soon the wind was so strong, we reefed the main and raised the blade jib. I admit, we used the engine to get around Cove Point, then we had a great close reach into the Patuxent River, and then ran up Mill Creek past Solomon's Island. We anchored in the well protected Old House Cove, expecting a storm tonight. At anchor, we realized that the cabin had gotten very damp since the rail had been buried most of the day! As I write this, several sails and sheets are drying from the lifelines and boom :)
Saturday, September 3, 2011
My week's vacation started last night when I picked up my good friend, Daniel, at BWI. We walked up Main Street in Annapolis for an excellent Sushi dinner. The voyage started this morning when my alarm clock woke me up to "Welcome To The Jungle" at 5AM. We drove out to Crownsville in the predawn light. There, I had docked Ca Ira, my 1961 Pearson Triton, to ride out Hurricane Irene. We loaded food, rum, clothes, and other supplies at the community dock and departed with Morgaine, my 10' Acorn Dinghy, in tow. We took on 10 gallons of diesel and four blocks of ice in Annapolis, motored out to the bay, and headed south. We tacked down the bay in a good wind, enough to need a reef in the afternoon. Then we motored into Knapp's Narrows, went through the drawbridge, and ran up Harris Creek, where we anchored at 6:30 in the lovely Waterhole Cove.