Century Club: Jeff and Barb Steele

Sunday, June 27, 2021
Number of days:
0 days
  • Why is it upside down? Doesn’t change the fact it was a nice paddle.

Always a nice day at Smith Lake

Thursday, June 24, 2021 to Friday, June 25, 2021
Number of days:
2 days
  • Great meeting up with sailing friends
  • Always hate to leave our beautiful Melanna

Not only did we have a great time on the water but we got to hook up with sailing friends we hadn’t seen in over 3 years! Life is good!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to Thursday, June 24, 2021
Number of days:
2 days
  • Spectacular days on the Patuxent !

Great time on the water!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Temps in the 70’s, nice and sunny… a perfect recipe for a terrific paddle.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to Monday, June 28, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Another kayak trip in the books!

Friday, June 18, 2021 to Sunday, June 20, 2021
Number of days:
3 days
  • Yakking with family

Wonderful time kayaking on Lowell Lake in Londonderry VT

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Awesome day on the water!

Sunday, May 16, 2021 to Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Spent another three days out on Abel Reservoir kayaking. Life is good!

Friday, May 14, 2021 to Sunday, May 16, 2021
Number of days:
2 days
  • Love sailing on the Patuxent River

Spent a couple great days sailing on the Patuxent River! Really like little wind days because you really have to work at it to find the little zephyrs and keep the boat moving.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 to Thursday, May 13, 2021
Number of days:
2 days
  • Kayaking on Abel Reservoir

Spent the last few days paddling at Abel Reservoir. We have been enjoying the turtles basking in the sun on partially submerged tree limbs, geese, ducks, and mountain laurel in bloom. Beautiful time of the year to enjoy all the sights.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Paddling at Abel Reservoir
  • Mountain Laurel galore!

We spent our 47th anniversary paddling at Abel Reservoir. Lots of mountain laurel budding and blooming, which is one of Jeff’s favorites.

Monday, May 10, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Just a quick spin on Chill and Zen.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Sizzling on Abel Reservoir

Sizzle, sizzle...did a quick paddle at Abel Reservoir before it got too hot!

Sunday, May 2, 2021 to Monday, May 3, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Great day on the water on our beloved Melanna

Spent an awesome Sunday on the water! Life is good!

Thursday, April 29, 2021 to Friday, April 30, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Squeezed in a couple of kayaking trips Thursday and Friday at Abel Reservoir.

Monday, April 26, 2021 to Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Number of days:
3 days
  • Smith Lake kayaking
  • Haven’t seen this wildflower before.

Spent the last couple of days kayaking around our house. We love spending time on Abel Reservoir and Smith Lake. Enjoyed so much and chilled, couldn’t muster enough strength to go online.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Beautiful day on our kayaks.

Beautiful sunny day and finally an opportunity to get Zen and Chill back on local waters. Today’s trip was to our go to, Abel Reservoir. Just beautiful with smoke and dogwoods blooming. Tons of violets and other wood wild flowers. Saw our first blooming mountain laurel. Glorious day on the water!

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Awesome Day on the Patuxent

Great day on our beautiful Melanna on the Patuxent!

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Back in our happy place

We had a wonderful day on the water. Before you knew it, it was time to put her snuggly back in her slip, readjusting lines, etc.
Also got some work done on her and made arrangements at the marina for a short haul.

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Melanna squeezed into her new slip at Spring Cove Marina.
  • Side trip to Calvert Marine Museum’s Otter Mania to celebrate Barb’s birthday.

Saturday was moving day for Melanna. Our lease was coming to an end and this was a good weather day for moving. We left Zahniser’s and motored over to Melanna’s new home at Spring Cove Marina. We were welcomed by the marina manager Will and in a brief time, we were already making new friends. Life is good!
Finished day by attending Otter Mania at Calvert Marine Museum to celebrate Barb’ Birthday.

Sunday, March 21, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Scrubbed down and looking beautiful!
  • Scrubbed down and ready for living onboard again!

Another nice day where the marina has turned the water back on! While Jeff scrubbed decks and hull, I spent my time scrubbing down below. All that remains now is installing canvas, washing and oiling teak, and flushing antifreeze out of systems so she’s ready for sailing and cruising.

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Sails are finally up!

Finally had nice weather where we could go out and install the sails!

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Great day on the water

Got Melanna out of her slip today. We motored over to Spring Cove to top off fuel and a head pump out before sailing.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Looking beautiful!

We drove out to Solomons to spend the day on our beloved Melanna. Upon arrival, it was clear that we would be cleaning before sailing because the decks were covered in bird poop! Got that done and got ready to motor over to pump out before sailing. Pump out not working so went back to slip frustrated because the wind died, too!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • In our happy place

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Closing up after a great day on the water

Absolutely beautiful day on the Patuxent! We also managed to find the time to clean and oil our teak.

Monday, October 5, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Sailing!

Great sailing day on the Patuxent!

Saturday, October 3, 2020 to Sunday, October 4, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Getting cold out here!

Looks like this could be last of our kayaking season. It’s been pretty chilly out in the morning and we adjust by going out later. We were hoping to see some fall colors, but not this weekend. Despite the disappointment, a wonderful relaxing time on the water.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Leaving our beautiful Melanna after spending the day on Patuxent

Beautiful sunny and breezy day on our beautiful Melanna on the Patuxent River. Life is good.

Monday, September 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Fall colors

Paddling this morning in between rain and upcoming colder temps.

Saturday, September 26, 2020 to Sunday, September 27, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

We have found little traffic at Smith Lake, probably because access is only from Quantico Marine Corps base. We are finding it as delightful as our reliable Abel Reservoir.

Friday, September 25, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • After kayaking

Just a quick paddle at Abel Reservoir in between rain drizzle and mist. We weren’t alone as there were a few fishermen out on shore and kayaks.
We have found so much joy this year with our kayaks.

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Mooney Lake

Today was our first kayaking trip on Mooney Lake in Stafford. We had checked it out before on a weekend and it was so busy there wasn’t a place to park our SUV so we went to our old stand by. We saved Mooney Lake for an overcast day because we didn’t see any shade when we had been there before. Our trip today validated no shade as the sun popped out. A great paddle to add to our list of great kayaking local locales.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Nice warm paddle at Abel Reservoir

It’s a beautiful sunny day so we drove over to Abel Reservoir after we voted in the Presidential Election at Stafford Airport. There was a nice gentle breeze on the lake and we are beginning to see signs of autumn.

Monday, September 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • It’s a long sleeve kind of day

Brr....it’s a cold day for kayaking but that didn’t stop us from getting out. So cold even the turtles were sunning on anything out of the water!

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Brisk Yakking on Smith Lake

55 degrees out and bundled up paddling on Smith Lake. It was brisk, sunny, and absolutely beautiful as we checked out the lake from the second launch site. Much prefer this launch site over the one we used before.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • We did it!

It took everything I had to get motivated to get dressed and log our 100th day...not sure why but perhaps reaching the goal was anticlimactic? Finally warmed up after lunch and we went out and just did it. Nice relaxing paddle and before we loaded Chill and Zen back on the car, Jeff attached his sail gear from his Eagle inflatable kayak and took Chill out for a short sail.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • A cold start of the day

Brrr....even waiting until 9A before we left the house! It was overcast, a little breezy and 59 degrees! That didn’t deter us from getting on the water. Kayaked for an hour and that was enough for us, as we both were still feeling the effects of a 3 hour paddle on Sunday.

Monday, September 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Nice Quiet Paddle on Abel Reservoir

Amazing what 24 hours can show....yesterday Abel Reservoir was packed so we went to Smith Lake instead. Today, at Abel Reservoir, it was just us and a fisherman on the shore fishing.
Had a nice quiet and relaxing paddle.

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Beautiful morning on Smith Lake

We headed over to our go to site at Abel Reservoir, but it was jammed packed. There must have been a fishing tournament so Rocky Pen wouldn’t work either. So.....off to Quantico Marine Corps base and a beautiful and long paddle on Smith Lake!

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Morning kayaking on Abel Reservoir

Saturday morning found us unloading our kayaks Chill and Zen at Abel Reservoir. We arrived before 9A and the lot was nearly full! Nice and breezy and a bit on the cool side paddling.

Friday, September 11, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Paddling on Abel Reservoir

The last few times we were here, we were alone. Today with a healthy gap before we are hit with more rain, several people were out on their kayaks paddling or fishing as we pulled in.
Very muggy and overcast but a nice breeze made for an enjoyable trip on Abel Reservoir.

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Rainy day paddle

Made a quick trip to Abel Reservoir for a paddle. Another one of those squeezing a paddle in between rain showers kind of day.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Turtles drying in between rains

A very quick paddle at Abel Reservoir in between rain showers this morning.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Enjoying our morning kayaking ritual

We drove to Abel Reservoir yesterday and it was packed so we decided to go back home. What a difference a day makes as we were the only ones there this morning! Very nice and peaceful paddle. Another couple arrived with their kayaks just as we were pulling ourselves out.

Saturday, September 5, 2020 to Sunday, September 6, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Sailing on the Patuxent

A beautiful day on our beautiful Melanna. Great way to end our holiday weekend.

Friday, September 4, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • A bit cool this morning

Spent the last two days on the water down in Solomons. No wind yesterday but it was blowing today 10-12 kts! 

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

While yakking on Abel Reservoir, we met Ginny and Jackie. Ginny manned a paddle board and Jackie trying out an inflatable kayak. Exchanging ideas for future yakking.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Paddling at Abel Reservoir

We finally got a morning where we slipped out and drove to Abel Reservoir for a paddle! Overcast and breezy and lots of fun!

Saturday, August 29, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Breathtaking morning on Abel Reservoir
  • Small falls on the lake

Squeezed a paddle in before the rain yesterday! Today was even better at Abel Reservoir. Sunny, low humidity, and a fuller lake! We were able to paddle to two small falls without grounding...a first time for us.

Friday, August 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Turtles sunbathing before it gets too hot

Started our day off right by getting a quick paddle in before it becomes too hot! As always, another fine morning at Abel Reservoir.

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Oooh, baby...it’s a sizzling out so paddled nice and early today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Today was a beautiful day on the water! With lower humidity, we couldn’t get out to Abel Reservoir fast enough, forgetting our cell phone! Of course, without the cell phone we missed a lot of opportunities to shoot native cardinal flowers, three egrets, and the list goes on and on.

Monday, August 24, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Why do my pics keep loading upside down?

Got out nice and early today for a nice calming kayaking adventure on Abel Reservoir.
We recorded birthday greetings to our daughter while yakking.

Thursday, August 20, 2020 to Friday, August 21, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Socially distanced happy hour with fellow HSA-1 members
  • Yakking on Back Creek in Solomons

Spent two great days on our beloved Melanna! We love Solomons and had an added treat...two couples from our sail club stopped over in Solomons so we had a socially distanced happy hour. Good times! Managed to squeeze in yakking, too!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking

Another. beautiful morning kayaking trip on Abel Reservoir

Monday, August 17, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Great day kayaking

Yes! Finally sun and no rain! Better still....temps in low 70’s and little humidity! This had all the trappings for a great day on the water. We brought Chill and Zen to Abel Reservoir and had a nice long kayaking adventure.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Abel Reservoir

Got out to the reservoir after morning storm and had a nice paddle.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Tuesday Sailing

Spending our Tuesday day sailing on our beautiful Melanna

Saturday, August 8, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Sailing on the Patuxent

Spending our Saturday sailing on the Patuxent on our beautiful Melanna

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to Thursday, August 6, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Kayaking at Abel Reservoir
  • Missing our egret so nice to see on our second day

Back to our “go to” Abel Reservoir after Isaias. Overcast both days and very enjoyable

Monday, August 3, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

A quick paddle at Abel Reservoir the day before Isaias

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Prepping for tropical storm

Got Mel out of the slip briefly, but major reason for coming out today was to prep the boat for the tropical storm. Doubled up the lines, took some canvas down and adjusted and added fenders. This beautiful lady is ready for what Isaieas May bring

Saturday, August 1, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking at Abel Reservoir

Another fine morning kayaking on Abel Reservoir

Friday, July 31, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Back Creek

Early morning kayaking in Back Creek in Solomons

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 to Thursday, July 30, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Great sailing on the Patuxent

We’re here in Solomons Sailing these last two days! We are in heaven in our happy place.

Monday, July 27, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Another beautiful morning on Chill and Zen, our much adored kayaks

Saturday, July 25, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on the James River

We had heard there was a bass tournament at Abel Lake and two other local yakking venues so it was time to have an adventure. .after searching our Virginia State Park guide, we decided to drive to Goochland, VA and kayak on the James River. Powhatan State Park is one of the newer state parks and it’s beautiful! We had a wonderful time yakking there and we’ Go back and we’ll do a public launch site on the James River we saw about 10 minutes away from Powhatan.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 to Friday, July 24, 2020
Number of days:
3 days
  • Kayaking on Abel Reservoir
  • Kayaking with nature....my zen

Three wonderful morning trips on Abel Lake Reservoir! Getting out on the water before it gets too hot has been the plan of the week, after missing several days because of extreme weather.

Monday, July 13, 2020 to Thursday, July 16, 2020
Number of days:
4 days

We just finished spending four days on the Bay aboard our beautiful Melanna. We had a few maintenance issues to work on during this stint on the Bay. We had a hard time getting out of the slip and Jeff determined the prop had to be fouled. Wouldn’t you know it, he forgot to bring a pair of swim trunks back out to the boat, so dive he did in clothes and cleaned the prop well enough to continue sailing.
Had a day of motoring too because there wasn’t any wind, but that was ok because at least we were out of the slip!

Saturday, July 11, 2020 to Sunday, July 12, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Peaceful times on Abel Reservoir

First kayak trips after our return from Vermont at our favorite home “go to”,Abel Reservoir. Nice and peaceful and BUSY on Sunday. Good to be yakking again.

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Wonderful time family kayaking in Vermont

Today’s adventure took Jeff, his sister Janet, and our nephew Jason and myself to Knapp Pond 2. Temps in the 70’s after a day of rain. Beautiful light breezes awaited us. A fantastic time was had by all!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to Thursday, July 2, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Kayaking with our nephew on Knapp Pond
  • Kayaking with our nieces and nephew on Knapp Pond

Splendid two trips to Knapp Ponds 1&2 in Reading and Cavendish VT. First trip was with our nephew and our second venture included our nephew and nieces. Family is everything. Life is good and we are living it to its fullest during Covid.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Halfway to goal kayaking on Abel Reservoir

Today we reached a milestone I wasn’t sure we would make given Covid, but here we are celebrating day 50 on the water! Went to our favorite local water hole, Abel Reservoir for an enjoyable and peaceful kayaking trip.

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Abel Reservoir

Being forwarned that it would be very hot and humid, we opted to get out on the water early. With that being said, we went to our favorite “go to” close to home. It was overcast for most part and when the sun popped out, we had plenty of shade along the shoreline. Another great day on the water!

Friday, June 26, 2020 to Saturday, June 27, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Coming back to Herrington Harbour North Photo Snapped by friend

Spent two days on our beautiful Melanna doing some maintenance and day sailing. Always a great time!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Stuck on the rocks in the Rappahannock River

Today’s adventure took place at Mott’s Landing on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. Sunny, hot, and humid greeted us on our daily kayaking paddle. Another slice of the Rappahannock where it’s easy to get stuck on rocks.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • On the Shenandoah River

Today’s adventure took us to Andy Guest Shenandoah River State Park for a paddle on the south fork of the river. Very strong current had Barb bailing out early, but Jeff perservered.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Abel Lake
  • A moment of zen on the water

We went to Abel Reservoir this morning and it was only 72 at 9:30A. It was still overcast, not all the fog had burned off so it was perfect for more in depth exploring of the lake. Though we have thoroughly enjoyed the sections of the lake we have paddled before, it was a whole new world we paddled through today. Absolutely breathtaking!

Monday, June 22, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking at Little Falls Run

Today’s adventure had us out early this morning because of the heat. We paddled at Little Falls Run on the Rappahannock River just south of Fredericksburg in Stafford County. Nice and quiet as we had it all to ourselves. A father and son arrived with a large canoe as we were finishing up lashing our kayaks on top of our Escape.

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking at our go to: Abel Reservoir

With the scorching weather, we went to our go to Abel Reservoir for a quick and refreshing paddle.

Saturday, June 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Abel Reservoir
  • Sailing on Abel Reservoir

Since there is virtually no wind today, we opted to celebrate Summer Sailstice on our kayaks instead of motor sailing on our beloved Melanna. Another beautiful paddle and first sail on Abel Reservoir near home.

Friday, June 19, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Smith Lake at Quantico Marine Corps base

Day 40 on the water brought us to explore Smith Lake at Quantico Marine Corps base. This is very close to our home in Stafford. The lake is beautiful and we really enjoyed our paddle there. Saw a few turtles warming up on logs and a fawn on the Stafford shoreline. Most notably, we assessed this will be a great spot for leaf peeping in the fall.

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Abel Reservoir in between thunderstorms
  • An egret watching us and hunting for a meal

Found a weather window today that let us back on the water today. Back to our closest go to and had a lovely paddle. Saw kingfishers again but they’re too fast for us to snag a photo, lots of turtles, and we were able to snag a photo of an egret. We also met a couple of student researchers from Mary Washington University Biology Department who were out cataloging turtles. Fun and interesting day on the Reservoir.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Back at Abel Reservoir again! Glad I wore long sleeves today as it was cloudy, breezy, and 68 degrees! Long sleeves also came in handy as it drizzled off and on this morning while we were out.

Monday, June 15, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Back at our go to with our kayaks since Abel Reservoir is closest to our house. Nice breeze and sunny skies. We’re becoming addicted to kayaking!

Sunday, June 14, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Kayaking on Curtis Lake in Stafford, VA

Had a great time kayaking on Curtis Lake in our hometown of Stafford. Glad we wore long sleeves and pants because it was pretty cool out on the lake with the breezes.

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Today’s adventure was a cool and refreshing paddle on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, VA. We were paddling in the area of George Washington’s boyhood home. Lots of kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, and floats on the water today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020
Number of days:
3 days
  • Kayaking on Abel Lake Reservoir in Stafford, VA

We bought kayaks recently and have been practicing with them the last few days near our home at Abel Lake Reservoir in Stafford, VA. We feel comfortable enough now to graduate to lake kayaking tomorrow. Also it’s turning out to be a great way working towards our 100 days on the water.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to Sunday, June 7, 2020
Number of days:
6 days
  • Sailing to the Eastern shore from Herring Bay

We went out to our home port (Herrington Harbour North) and spent six days sailing in the Bay and/or kayaking in Rockhold Creek.

Friday, May 22, 2020 to Monday, May 25, 2020
Number of days:
4 days
  • Under sail in Herring Bay

We spent four wonderful days on the Bay sailing on our beautiful Melanna. Since sail clubs couldn’t raft up with no more than 10 people, which is nearly impossible, HSA-1 came up with a novel idea....let’s assemble with social distancing and have a photo shoot. We all met up at green1 at the mouth of the West River with cameras at the ready along with a drone and spent an afternoon taking photos of our club fleet under sail, communicating by radio and had an awesome time! Afterwards, it was social distancing anchoring for those interested.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 to Sunday, May 17, 2020
Number of days:
5 days
  • Under sail
  • Fantastic time on the Bay!

It felt beyond exhilarating to be back out on the water again! Lots of local sailing done on the Patuxent River before leaving for a new home port at Herrington Harbour North. The sail to Herrington May have been the best sail experience ever on Melanna!

Monday, May 11, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary by watching sailing movies.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Doing our part to save the Bay. Picking up trash along the shoreline of the Patuxent River.

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

Per SpinSheet’s extra opportunities, we have shared the link for digital copies of the magazine for two additional days in the tally.

Friday, May 8, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Spinsheet Happy Hour on Liveaboard Lifestyle

Enjoying the Spinsheet Happy Hour with discussion on liveaboard lifestyle. Fun and informative!

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Dolphin Watch Seminar with Dr. Helen Bailey

Today our sail club, HSA-1 hosted Dr. Helen Bailey to talk about the dolphin watch program on the Bay. Very interesting and informative. Will keep an eye out for dolphins everywhere we sail now.

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Repacking snaps on bow hatch cover

More rain since trip out on 18 April, so time to take care of this and to check on Melanna. Zahniser’s has altered their stay at home policy. You can come after hours or on the weekend since they haven’t opened yet.
Spent most of the day working on her. Ended up re-caulking so that should take care of the leak. Had a yummy lunch in the cockpit and replaced a snap on bow hatch cover. Checked dock lines and checked on a friend’s boat, too.
Patiently waiting for the Governor to ease recreational boating ban.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Virtual Happy Hour with Hunter Sailing Association, Station #1

Again, thanks to SpinSheet for additional ways to add to our days total! Our sail club, HSA-1 held a Zoom Happy Hour, which included a talk on a member couple’s last cruise to the Bahamas. Wonderful tips and insights and always fun to get together with our club.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Watching Quantum Sails Solo Sailing Tips

With SpinSheet giving us some additional chances of adding days to our total, we took advantage of this and went to Quatum’s site to watch and participate in the Solo Sailing Tips Seminar. And yes, we did get a few takeaways.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Number of days:

Since the recreational boating ban went into effect, Zahniser’s shut down the marina to all slip holders. You had to seek permission to come to the marina, “slip in and out “. We got permission to come down so we drove out on the 18th to check on Melanna’s condition.
In our haste to pack her back up after provisioning for our marina move, we forgot to check our dock lines one last time before leaving and getting back to Virginia before 8P. We missed our starboard spring line and with the 65 mph sustained winds, the smaller fenders didn’t keep her from banging on the starboard piling. Luckily, Zahniser’s lived up their promise of tending to all the boats in her facility by adding a large fender and adjusting our dock lines. As a result, there was no physical damage to her exterior.
The only damage done was the mirror attached to the vanity medicine cabinet in the head “flew” off and landed mirror side up on a bath at on the head sole! Whew, we were lucky... no cracks, chips, or break!
Spent the afternoon doubling all dock lines, adding anti chafing hosing. Noticed a water leak around navigation station. Will repair on next trip out as we ran out of time.

Monday, March 30, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Zahniser’s in Solomons has been Melanna’s home port for the last 3 1/2 years. With retirement last month, we decided to change our home port to Herrington Harbour North, opening the middle Bay for great cruising destinations.
Just as we finished loading and unpacking the boat and enjoying lunch in the cockpit, alarms started going off all over Zahniser’s. What the heck?
Gov. Hogan is shutting down recreational boating and we have to be off the water by 8P. Amazingly we got ahold of DNR by phone and confirmed the above. Next came a phone call to the Zahniser’s office and we could stay as long as needed...
Talk about taking the winds out of our sails!

Friday, March 27, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

It’s my birthday and the weather is nice. How do I want to celebrate this mile stone birthday? (65) Sailing!

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Now that Melanna has been launched, need to get sails up which took most of the day.

Friday, March 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • It’s Launch Day!

Finally! It’s Launch Day!

Friday, March 13, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Time to work on chores

With boat on the hard, we worked on clearing old caulk and laying new caulk.

Monday, March 9, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

With Melanna on the hard, there were plenty of things that we could work on. We serviced the two winches at the helms.