30 October 2006

Under the Bay Bridge

October 30, 2006

We left Dividing Creek at around 2pm, and headed out the Magothy River on a fast close-hauled beat. Once out on the Bay, though, the winds died down and we had to put the iron genny "Boris"-our 13.5hp Beta Marine diesel engine-into gear.

Notes from the Log of Whisper:

14.30 Sailing at 5 knots, 70 degrees, sunny

15.30 Saw ship "Elektra" with homeport Stockholm pass us by to port. We waved the Swedish flag to greet them.

16.15 Passed under Bay Bridge

17.15 Howard and Mia waved to us from entrance to Back Creek in Annapolis.

17.30 Anchor down. Kristen picked up Howard and Mia for a quick tour of the boat, and then we headed to Davis's Pub for crabcakes and drinks.

Heading south!

We saw these US Navy sailboats racing in Annapolis, where the US Naval Academy is located

Howard and Mia joined us on Whisper

Slight storage problem, remeniscent of both co-captains respective teenage bedrooms

hej da! Bon Voyage! Hasta la vista! cul8r!

October 28 to October 30, 2006

The weekend before Halloween, friends descended upon 739 Dividing Road in Severna Park, MD to send us off with well wishes. The house was the perfect spot, with a great screened in deck, fireplace, huge dining room table, hot tub & most important: ping-pong & foosball. Although there was a gale warning on the bay for the weekend, Hans took a crew out on Whisper on Saturday early afternoon and Fred, who has a much larger boat, took a handful of foolhardy sailors out later on when the winds were blowing 40+ knots. We had a tasty dinner, lots of good wine & beer, guitar playing & singing, ping-pong tournaments, and general good cheer.
On Sunday morning as we were all recovering, we gathered on the dock for a champagne toast. Friends started going their respective ways and a couple more friends joined us on Sunday evening for another big meal and ICW talk. We started packing up to leave on Monday morning, and we pushed off from the dock around 2PM.