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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sailing Trip 2012 Part Three

Wednesday 5 September 2012

7" by 10" Watercolor from the morning while anchored by Breeden's Point.

0919 A big gray cloud south of me does not look as threatening as it did an hour ago.  Ton of wind.  But need to go to Solomon's for ice.
Started engine both batteries.
0935  Up anchor departed St. Leonard's Creek.
1032  Just passed a small odd-looking naval ship anchored by at least three anchors by Point Patience.  The "Apache."  Wonder what they're doing?  Some little grey navy boats zipping around.

1138  Spring Cove Marina.  1.8 gallons diesel, ice, water
1220  Anchored Old House Cove, Mill Creek, Solomon's.
1538  Rowed Morgaine to head of Old House Cove, where I startled a duck, then I sailed her to the intersection of Mill Creek and St. John Creek, wind fluky and I thought I heard thunder and saw lightening, so I came back to Ca Ira.  No precip.  Yet.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sailing Trip 2012 Part Two

Monday 3 September 2012

1535  The cows were out on the marshy spit jutting into St. Leonard's Creek, where I remember seeing them from Interlude [my dad's boat] when I was 18.  I got in Morgaine to row over and photograph them, but it started raining, so I headed back to Ca Ira.
1905  There are also deer here, on the lawn of an estate next to where I am anchored.
1946  After dinner, started engine to charge batteries.
2046  Killed engine.

Tuesday 4 September 2012

0834  Started engine to charge batteries.
0935  Killed engine.

The above watercolor is the first from the trip.  It's from a 7" by 10" Arches block.  I painted it the morning of the 4th.

1410  Just got back from sailing/ rowing Morgaine up to the marshes at the head of St. Leonard's Creek.  I'm exhausted, but I feel great.

I will post more tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sailing Trip 2012

I went sailing on Ca Ira, my Pearson Triton, with Morgaine, my Acorn dinghy, in tow, from August 31 to September 9.  The next few days I'll be posting my log entries and photographs and paintings from the trip.

Friday 31 August 2012

1620  Onboard loading supplies.  Coolant Check. Belt Check. Oil Check. 3/4 Tank Diesel. Stuffing box damp Check. Prop shaft bolts wired on Check. Zinc fish off Check. Trans fluid Check. Heat exchanger zinc Check. Engine raw water intake seacock open Check.
 Dad hauled me up the mast and I found out that the problem with the steaming light was a bad connection, so Dad hoisted a file to me and I cleaned up the fitting.  Now the light works!
Dad helped me maneuver Ca Ira and Morgaine out of the slip, and I departed the dock solo.

1800 Through Spa Creek Bridge.

1900 Anchor Down in Whitehall Bay.  Nice cool breeze coming up the bay from the south.  I'm near the channel for Whitehall Creek.  Hopefully NOT in it.  A guy named Raoul just rowed over and invited me for cocktails with his wife [On his Sabre.] I think I might go.
13' Water.

2100  Went and had a drink with them.  It was fun.  Now bedtime.

Saturday 1 September 2012

0700 Started engine.  Both Batteries.

0717  Up anchor Whitehall Bay.

0754  Full main up.  Engine off.  Batt. #2.  Mouth of Severn.  Heading south 4.3 knots.

0804  Blade jib up.  4.9 knots.  Dark cloud and whitecaps NW of me.  Looks clearer south.

1250  Autohelm beeping -- low battery.  Turned on engine..

1359  Left both sails up-- not flapping-- 6 knots motorsailing.

1400 Killed engine.

1520 Wind dieing.  Mouth of Patuxent.  Started engine.

1525 Sails down but ready to raise again.

1730 Anchor down by Breeden's Point at mouth of Rollins Cove, St. Leonard's Creek.  There are cows grazing on a beach on the shore.  Brown and white cows.

Sunday 2 September 2012
0920  There was a loud, violent thunderstorm last night.  Not too windy, though.  Looks like no wind today, but more rain and thunderstorms, according to the marine radio.  I'm going to motor to Spring Cove Marina in Solomon's to replace the house battery.

0930 Started engine.

1011 Up anchor Breeden's Point.  Underway.

1230 Spring Cove Marina, Solomon's.  Took on 7 Gallons of Diesel.  Got ice, water, and a new battery.

1430 Anchored back where I was last night.  T-storm threatening.

1620  T-storm stayed east.  I got out of Solomon's just in time :)  Sun out now.  I just rowed over to photograph the cows and I rowed up to the end of Rollin's Cove.