Century Club: Liz & Bob Powell

Monday, June 7, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

We hopped aboard Maeryner with our daughter-in-law for a quick sunset cruise and exploration of Church Creek to check out possible anchorages for the future.

Sunday, June 6, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

We enjoyed a late afternoon sail in 16-18 knots of southerly breeze off of Thomas Point Light.  An early Sunday evening sail home up the South River allowed us to enjoy a peaceful broad reach all the way up the South River.

Saturday, June 5, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • This is Kinda Fun Once You Get Used to the Life Jacket

They were just 'mini' firsts, but firsts nonetheless. We took our first trip to Glebe Bay off the South River joined by our grandson taking his first ride aboard Maeryner.

Friday, June 4, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • Time on the Water is More Fun with Friends

We want to get to know all the local spots so we have options when we make an impulsive decision to go out overnight but it's already after dinner.  And, where are the local fuel docks and pump outs?  With that in mind, we hopped on Maeryner to do a little exploring.  We were joined by a young dockmate who accompanied us to Warehouse Creek and Liberty Marina.

Thursday, June 3, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

It's time to get acquainted with the waters of our new home on Almshouse Creek off the South River.  Since we hadn't put the dink away after our trip, we grabbed after dinner drinks and took a spin around exploring the nooks and crannies of the Creek.

Saturday, May 15, 2021 to Monday, May 31, 2021
Number of days:
17 days
  • Cod Harbor, Tangier Island
  • Exploring the Cod Harbor Beach
  • Prentice Creek
  • Dolphin Show!
  • Sunset on the East River, Mobjack Bay
  • Greenmansion Cove, North River, Mobjack Bay
  • Simply the Best!
  • Hitching a Ride

We are so excited that our first trip will give us a couple of weeks on the water.  One of our favorite things about sailing the Bay is the opportunity to discover new places and visit old favorites.  We will sail alongside our good friends on Red Rover and connect with Gendarme and En Tour along the way.  

Day 1 - Almshouse Creek, South River to Rhode River was without wind, but we had perfect spring weather.  Raft up with Red Rover for dinner and trip planning.

Day 2 - Rhode River to Solomon's Island was another windless, calm day.  Anchored in Back Creek, girls did some biking while the guys did boat chores.  Met the crews of Gendarme and En Tour for Happy Hour at the Lighthouse and made plans for our next stop.

Day 3 - Solomon's to Mill Creek, Great Wicomico, VA. Raft up with Red Rover, Gendarme, En Tour.  Weather continues to be almost perfect if only we could find some wind!

Day 4 - Mill Creek to Cod Harbor, Tangier Island, VA. To Prentice Creek, off of Dividing Creek, VA.  Hurry Sundown and Red Rover said an early morning farewell to our friends and headed to Cod Harbor at Tangier Island.  Another windless day, but the conditions were perfect for anchoring in the bay at Cod Harbor and enjoy  some time on the beach.  From Cod Harbor we headed back to the western shore and found another lovely anchorage at Prentice Creek, VA.

Day 5 - Today we finally found wind (and a large pod of dolphins) yay!  We set up expecting a gentle sail in light winds but instead had quite a first sail of the season in building winds and seas at 20-22 knots.  We arrived in Indian Creek in Kilmarnock, VA and rejoined our friends on Gendarme and En Tour.  Our plan was to raft up and enjoy dinner together, but as they say, 'the best laid plans . . .' And so after a short period together and before dinnner got served we had to break the raft up and move to quieter anchorages.  Dinners were in the oven on Hurry Sundown and Red Rover.  Wondering what the others did for dinner??

Day 6 - Indian Creek to Jackson Creek, Piankatank River, Deltaville VA where the four boats rafted up and then headed into Deltaville for drinks, dinner and more planning at the Deltaville Tap & Raw Bar.

Day 7 - We hung out in Jackson Creek and took some time to see a little bit of Deltaville. Nauti Nells turned out to be quite a find with a treasure trove of boat consignment goodies that captured the attention of the captains.

Day 8 - Jackson Creek to East River, Mobjack Bay, VA.  Parted company once again with Gendarme and En Tour who headed to the Rappahanoc while Red Rover and Hurry Sundown headed to Mobjack Bay.  We decided on the East River but much to our surprise the crabbers had pots everywhere - shallow, deep, channel it didn't matter, they were everywhere. Finding a place to anchor proved to be quite the challenge and after swinging around during the night, a crab pot buoy had made its way between the two boats. We made a gentle, floating departure leaving the pot behind and the boats no worse for the experience.

Day 9 - East River to Blackwater Creek, North River, Mobjack Bay, VA.  Our hope was to find a more anchor-friendly spot so we headed to the North River.  It was not to be, and again we encountered crab pots so thick it seemed we might be able to jump from one to the next.  The guys went ashore in search of ice and a local explained that until 'the season' begins, the crabbers place the pots in any and all open space without regard to who might happen into an anchorage.  Ah well, at least tonight we avoided getting up close and personal.

Day 10 - North River back to Jackson Creek, Deltaville.  We chose to return to Deltaville as a good jumping off spot to Onancock tomorrow.  We had a strange encounter with the only other sailboat who 'tailgated' us in the anchorage which made for an interesting few minutes.  

Day 11 - Jackson Creek to Onancock Creek, Onancock, VA.  We had a fabulous sail with 12-15 knots of wind on the beam the whole way across the Bay.  we found the Onancock Wharf and Marina to be a great place to stay thanks to Craig who keeps it in pristine condition and was a really superb host.  

Day 13 - Onanacock Creek to Mill Creek, Great Wicomico, VA - This has become one of our favorite anchorages so we took advantage of another opportunity for a night here.

Day 14 - Mill Creek to Spring Cove Marina, Solomon's Island, MD - - The weather forecast was pretty stinky so we opted to take a slip and let the weather pass.  We caught up with the crew of Gendarme

Day 15 - Solomon's Island  - another bad weather day which was made more bearable with a dinner at CD Cafe which never disappoints.

Day 16 - Solomon's Island - And yet another day of bad weather finds us hanging out playing cards and hoping for a good travel day tomorrow.  The new owners at Spring Cove hosted a gathering at the pool bar and we gathered around the fire pit and enjoyed food, drinks and good stories.

Day 17 - Solomon's Island to Almshouse Creek, South River - another great trip in the books!

Thursday, May 13, 2021 to Friday, May 14, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Now that we are finally home it's time to get serious about our 100 days so we are prepping for a trip South on the Bay. Testing all the systems and loading up all the treats and necessities is exhausting but all a little more fun with the help of our smiling mate.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Number of days:
1 day
  • A Couple of Happy Sailors!

Well the repairs kept us from getting an early start on the season, but we are excited to finally be out on the water - even though there is no wind to take us home.

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

A final day of prep, loading on supplies and safety prep.  The youngest crew member is not too sure about this life jacket thing.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

The final day of prep to move Hurry Sundown home wore us all out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Number of days:
1 day

Hurry Sundown has been splashed and we're working through the final details so we can take her home for the season. We brought along our little helper who finds riding in the dock cart more fun than hanging out in the slip.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 to Sunday, March 21, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Touching up the bottom paint and other getting ready kind of jobs.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 to Thursday, March 11, 2021
Number of days:
3 days
  • Ender is introduced to Hurry Sundown
  • Supervisor!

Although spring seemed to arrive earlier than usual this year, we find ourselves stuck on the hard awaiting repairs.  That gave us lots of time to get prepped for the upcoming season and to introduce our newest little sailor to Hurry Sundown.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Not Everyone is Bothered by the Cold
  • Brrr!

Where did the summer go?  We had lots of wonderful trips this summer, encouraged by more leisure time now that we are retired and the pandemic pushing us to distance ourselves.  But, just as we do every October, we are lamenting that it just wasn't enough and wishing for a few more warm, sunny, breezy weekends on the water.  We easily made our 100 day goal, outdid our 2019 finish and look forward to a couple more day cruises on the powerboat, but we're feeling just a little melancholy as we deliver Hurry Sundown to her winter home.  We're already looking forward to challenging ourselves to do even more in 2021.

We spent our last weekend trip as we have so many others this year, rafted up with our friends on Red Rover.  There was virtually no wind on the way up from Annapolis to Rock Hall, but we had a great evening of cocktails, cards and even a little boat to boat trick or treating for our littlest crew member.  It was a chilly, damp morning but fortunately we found some wind and were able to make the last leg of trip under sail.   Some members of the crew were more comfortable than others.

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Is there anything better than a sunset on the water?  (photo credit @zip81)

Friday, October 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We brought some special friends along on today's Lake cruise.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Some of my favorite things, water and grands!

Monday, October 19, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Teach Them Young

One of the joys of grandparenting is sharing your love of the water.

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Afternoon Cruise

This week will give us a different kind of on the water experience as we explore beautiful Lake Oconee, GA. by pontoon, kayak and canoe.

Friday, October 9, 2020 to Saturday, October 10, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • At Anchor with Red Rover & Waconah
  • Serenity

We made our way over to the South River for an overnight with friends who were wrapping up a fall cruise with the Alberg 30 club. Although we've spent many nights in Harness Creek, we've never discovered the little hurricane hole we think was probably hidden by all the powerboats we typically share the Anchorage with on weekends. It was snug and sue to the low tide a bit hairy at the entrance, but what a lovely, quiet anchorage for overnighting.  Saturday was a bit dreary but offered perfect winds for the sail home. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020 to Monday, October 5, 2020
Number of days:
3 days

RDay 1 - Back Creek to Rhode River 

Day 2  - Rhode River to Dun Cove, Choptank

Day 3 - Dun Cove, Choptank to Back Creek

The Alberg folks have graciously included us in some of their cruises.  Unfortunately we could only do a couple days of their fall cruise, but what fun!  We finally got to experience a Covid-style Happy Hour. 

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We headed north on the Bay and spent a few hours poking around Stoney Creek on the Maeryner. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Number of days:
0 days

After waiting out the winds and waves for 3 days on the Coan River & Glebe Bay we finally headed south again and celebrated Day 100 in Kilmarnock at NN Burgers with one of their famous rum runners.  It was a glorious day on the Day with 15-20 kt. N winds and 2-3 ft. seas.  A perfect day of sailing to achieve our 100 day goal.

Saturday, September 12, 2020 to Sunday, September 27, 2020
Number of days:
16 days
  • Day One is Perfect!
  • First Mate Enjoying the Sail to Solomon's
  • Hurry Sundown & Red Rover at Anchor in Hudson Creek
  • St. Mary's College Horseshoe Bend
  • Surprise Brunch from Our Daughter
  • Captains Planning Session
  • Brisk Sail Down the Potomac
  • Sunset Over the Coan River
  • Sunrise on The Glebe
  • Captains at Work
  • Sunrise Departure from the Glebe
  • The Beauty of an Early Morning Departure
  • Sunrise on Mill Creek
  • Farewell Friends

We've headed South for a 2 week adventure with the crew of Red Rover barring a disruption from anyone of the 4 hurricanes hanging out in the Atlantic P, R, S, Teddy looks like he could be trouble!

Day 1 - Back Creek Annapolis to Hudson Creek, Little Choptank.  Met one of our summer goals to visit as many new anchorages as possible this summer.

Day 2 & 3 - Hudson Creek to Solomon's Island, MD.  We biked and grabbed take-out from our favortie restaurant on the Bay, the CD Cafe which did not disappoint.  We had to add a second night to our stay to allow both captains to do some maintenance work.  After the work was done, we biked, walked to town and stopped for  margaritas at The Lighthouse.   

Day 4 - Solomon's Island to Smith Creek, MD on the Potomac

Day 5 - Smith Creek to Horseshoe Bend, St. Mary's River, MD

Day 6 - Horseshoe Bend to Canoe Neck Creek, St. Clement's Bay, MD. although our plan had been to head to VA today, the remnants of Hurricane Sally forced us to rethink that decision and seek a well protected anchorage off the Potomac for the night.  We had moderate rainfall from late afternoon into the night, but were protected from the predicted blows out on the River and the Bay.

Day 7 - Canoe Neck Creek to Coan River, VA.  Another change of plans as last night's forecast was for uncomfortable winds and seas, so we were just going to hang out for the day.  As so often happens, the forecast got somewhat better so we decided to continue our trek South.  It was quite a day with steady winds of 15-20 with gusts in the mid 20s and seas 3-4 feet, with a Coast Guard gale warning midway through our trip .  We were happy to settle in for the night in a well protected cove on the Coan River.

Day 8 - Today started at 1 AM when Hurry Sundown & Red Rover had to quickly break their raft-up due to 20+ knot winds that resulted in a dragging anchor.  We achieved a fast break and anchored separately hoping that the winds would abate and we would finally get some sleep.  It was not to be.  After hours of anxiety and concern that we might again be dragging we raised our anchor at 4AM and got ourselves situated for the third time in the past 12 hours.  Once we were sure we were secure, we added an anchor app to our phones and finally got some much needed rest despite the wind whistling in the trees that surrounded us.

Day 9 - Coan River to the Glebe. Since we've decided to wait out the winds and seas we thought we'd try another anchorage for a change of scene. 

Day 10 - Today's forecast: NE winds 15-20, gusts to 30, seas 3-4 ft. so we'll give it another day before continuing South. We had another bouncy night on the hook, so we tried a new spot with a little more protection today.  The captains did a little maintenance and I busied myself reading the logs of other Century Club sailors.  I noticed what looked like the boat of a fellow 'centurion' across the Glebe from where we anchored, and while we didn't get to meet in person, we did exchange greeteings over e-mail with Eric, the captain of Flight Risk.  Another perk of being a part of the Century Club!

Day 11 - Glebe Bay, Lottsburg, VA. to Indian Creek, Kilmarnock, VA.  We departed Glebe Bay to a beautiful sunrise, enjoyed a perfect day of sailing and celebrated reaching Day 100 with a NN rum runner.

Day 12 - Indian Creek, VA to Mill Creek, VA off the Great Wicomico - After a lazy morning in Kilmarnock, we started our trip back north with our only regret being that there is no more time to explore this beautiful part of the Bay.  I guess we'll save the Rappahonock for next year.

Day 13 - Mill Creek, VA to Solomon's Island, MD, - Be careful what you wish for!  Where have all the winds gone?  After sitting out the brisk winds and seas for 3 days on the Coan/Glebe, we find ourself with little to no wind now, finding only enough for an hour sail today.  We arrived Solomon's mid-afternoon and were joined by the crew of Lamani for happy hour and another great dinner from the CD Cafe.

Day 14 - Solomon's Island, MD - As the song goes, "they say that all good things must end" and so it goes this morning as we bid good-bye to our companions on Red Rover  whose schedule demands that they head home to the Magothy today.  It was a great 2 weeks together!  We spent the morning with our friends on Lamani.  The guys got in a bike tour of the Island and after Lamani's  departure we did the same.

Day 15 - Solomon's Isand, MD - rainy, dreary day that we spent on the boat awaiting a better weather window for our return trip home.  The highlight of the day was a visit from our son-in-law and the grand twins.  The guys hunted for the elusive leak source with a cool endoscopic camera - kinda like giving Hurry Sundown  a colonscopy.  Still no luck on finding the source.

Day 16 - Solomon's Island, MD to Back Creek, Annapolis.  We awoke to a warm, foggy morning and made an early departure.  It was a 7 hour motor trip but we are all tucked in at home and ready for our next adventure.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We motored down Back Creek so Liz could join our friends on Sirène for some docking practice.

Monday, September 7, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We took a little spin around a very quiet Annapolis tonight and took in the sights.  I am always amazed at how eerily quiet it gets on the water on Labor Day night.  We were surprised at just how quiet in this year of Covid.  In the days of our 'new normal' we thought we'd still have a lot of company on the water.  

Saturday, September 5, 2020 to Sunday, September 6, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • 3 generations
  • Bay Bridge
  • Bay Bridge

Isn't it mandatory to get out on Labor Day Weekend?  We enjoyed the company of a daughter and twingrands for a night at Broad Creek off the Magothy and a morning cruise exploring all of the creeks.  Three generations although we've not convinced the next two to be sailors (yet!).

Bonus - we enjoyed a wedding on Facebook live so we've now participated in a memorial service, Bible study, poetry reading, and wedding while at anchor. Oh the things one can do on the water these days!

Friday, September 4, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Is there anything more beautiful than a sunset over the Annapolis waters?

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

We took our coffee and headed out for an early morning cruise to Whitehall Creek aboard the Maeryner.  We need to do this more often.  What a peaceful time of day on the water.

Saturday, August 29, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Our favorite time of day - we tooled around Spa Creek with a side trip to Hawkins Cove on the Maeryner.

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

Yet another day of real estate reconnaissance, this time on Kent Island.  We took the Maeryner to see what it might be like to live at Love Point (incredible views but no place for a sailboat) or in the Narrows (that 4'11" draft is a challenge).

Upon returning home we decided that since we were still fully provisioned for our failed trip to the Choptank, why not jump on Hurry Sundown for a few nights out. The forecast was not great since the remnants of Hurricane Laura are headed our way this weekend, so we opted for a trip close to home (see previous post).

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 to Friday, August 28, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • This is One Hot, Tired Captain

There is so much to love about Mill Creek off of Whitehall Bay.  For us, it's a go-to when we are getting a late in the day start or want to get off the dock on our way north and need an overnight anchorage.  With yet another bad forecast in front of us, and a late day start, we headed to Mill Creek and were settled in by dinnertime.  Knowing that the hurricane remnants were coming, we opted to spend 2 nights here and used our days for boat projects which seem to have worn the captain out.

Bonus - we enjoyed a virtual poetry reading, Shades & Graces: New Poems by Michael Salcman, MD friend and sailing companion who captains Sirene/

Monday, August 24, 2020 to Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • Rain over the Rhode River
  • Dinghy Rescue

We are off for several days of exploring on the Choptank, a trip we have tried to make a couple of times this summer without success.  Yet again, it is not to be 

Day 1 - we left the dock at Back Creek at lunchtime.  As we approached Thomas Point Light we noticed that the skies all around us were darkening and afternoon storms were predicted.  We could see the rain over the Rhode, and although we really didn't want to stop we thought discretion was called for today.  No sooner did we have the anchor down than the skies cleared and the forecast improved.  Ah well, tomorrow is another day.  We're settled in, we may as well stay the night and get an early start tomorrow.

Day 2 - We awoke to a forecast of strong storms with potentially damaging winds this afternoon.  Again, our plans are foiled and we decide its best to head back home and wait for a better weather window.  As we approached Thomas Point Light we look behind us and notice that the dinghy has taken off on its own, so a successful dinghy rescue was accomplished before we put out the sails.  We had a fabulous sail on a port tack, but again the bilge dumped as we are sailing and we still can't find a source.  Bob is sure he has searched every nook and cranny of the boat at this point.  And of course once we are back at the dock, the skies cleared.  

 

Sunday, August 23, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • There is a gorgeous house hiding in those trees
  • Community Grounds

We took the Maeryner up the Severn to check out a property from the water.  It's a beautiful home in a great community but quite a trek to the Bay from that end of the Severn.  The Sunday traffic and accompanying boat wake is quite something on a Sunday on the Severn!

Friday, August 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Another beautiful sunset ride around the Annapolis Harbor enjoying the evening sunset aboard the Maeryner.

Saturday, August 15, 2020 to Thursday, August 20, 2020
Number of days:
6 days
  • Our Sailing Companion - Red Rover
  • Friendly Competition at Anchor
  • All You Need is a Good Book

Day 1 - Back Creek to Wye River where we anchored in what we are naming 'Straight-Up Cove which has us in a good spot for the predicted thunderstorms and NW winds (all of which happened, but we had a very calm night). We had a fabulous sail down the Bay, but had to motor up the Eastern Bay to the Wye.  Gosh darn it, the bilge dumped on us again after a heavy heel to starboard.  We're now sure it's sea water and thinking perhaps due to leaving the AC thru hull open in a heavy starboard heel.  We also discovered that we forgot to turn off the anchor washdown pump.  Have we finally diagnosed the problem???  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our newest grandson, Ender Ford Powell!!!!

Day 2 - Lots of rain so Bob spent most of the day again trying to track down the source of the water we have been getting when the boat is heeled over.  No luck, but the bilge is now dry, clean and sanitized.  Red Rover joined us this afternoon and the crew looked like drowned rats after sailing down from the Magothy in the rain.

Day 3 - We headed over to Leeds Creek off of the Miles after a sail that was cut short by approaching storms.  Dinner with the Red Rover crew followed by heavy thunderstorms.  There was lots of lightning and thunder but not enough to keep the ladies from firing up a hot spot and doing a virtual Bible study.

Day 4 - We had such a lovely anchorage that we decided to stay a second night.  The weather is unbearably hot so we waited until late in the day to explore Leeds by dinghy.  It is so pretty here with a lot of good anchoring options we decided we will definitely return.  We finally broke down and fired up the generator to cook and enjoy dinner.

Day 5 - Leeds Creek to the Rhode River but light winds forced us to motor.  We anchored near Camp Letts which is so much quieter than our typical anchorage at the front of the River.

Day 6 - We visited Flat Island by dinghy and then headed home to Back Creek

 

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to Thursday, August 6, 2020
Number of days:
2 days
  • What Could Be Better than Snacks and Sailing
  • Weighing anchor with the captain
  • Taking Us Home

Day 1 - We sailed over to Eagle Cove off the Magothy and had a rare and special treat for our grandson to enjoy - dolphins swimming just before he got to the Bay Bridge.  We met up with our friends from Red Rover who motored over in the Whaler.  We took advantage of the Whaler to do a little real estate reconnaissance in Gray's Creek.

Day 2 - Eagle Cove to Back Creek/home with our youngest crew member assisting at the helm to take us home after the passing of the 5 am thunderstorms.

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • This is going to be fun!
  • Our little fisherman

We grabbed some night crawlers for our first time fisherman and after trying our luck at the dock, headed out in the Maeryner looking for better options.  Obviously, no luck or we'd have our fish photo posted here 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Sunset cruisin' is okay with this guy

Our youngest grandson enjoys a sunset cruise on the Maeryner.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 to Saturday, July 25, 2020
Number of days:
5 days
  • Izzie Camp 2020
  • Safety Briefing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Ice cream!
  • Storm tracking
  • Game Night
  • We made our own pirate ship in the Harbor
  • Good times in the Annapolis Harbor

One of Liz's favorite weeks of the year is Izzie Camp - a full week of travel, exploration and fun with the grandkids.  Due to COVID, travel was out of the question for our 2020 camp, so we improvised.  We did a day of sports challenges at home and then jumped aboard Hurry Sundown for some time on and in the water.

Day 1 - Back Creek to Herrington Harbor South.  We spent the afternoon at the beach and the kids took turns swimming and paddleboarding

Day 2 - Many, many hours at the pool. After dinner we walked to local store for ice cream, and returned to wait for the evening storms which drew the kids attention as they tried to capture photos of the lightning across the skies.

Day 3 - Many, many more hours at the pool.  We had a game night aboard complete with hot baked chocolate chip cookies.

Day 4 - We headed to the Annapolis Harbor where the kids got out their water guns and created their own pirate boat experience with Cappy's help.  They took turns riding the dinghy while being shot at by their cousins on the deck of Hurry Sundown.  They followed that up with jumps and dives off the deck of Hurry Sundown.  The evening was a success although we had hoped to see some racing boats come into the Harbor.  I guess that doesn't happen every Friday.

Day 5 - We spent a leisurely morning in the Annapolis Harbor.  Izzie took the time to attend a memorial service via Zoom (such a strange part of the 2020 world) while the kiddos played games before heading back to the dock.

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Sunset over Back Creek

There's nothing prettier than the sunsets in Annapolis which once again draws us out for an evening cocktail cruise.

Sunday, July 12, 2020 to Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Number of days:
3 days
  • Better find that leak before this is us

The sliver lining to the COVID cloud is that there is no better place to quarantine than on a boat.  So, we're off again for a couple of nights alone on Hurry Sundown.  Wind direction was not favorable to our chosen destination on the Rhode River so we spent 3 hours getting from Back Creek to the AH marker, but we sailed so who cares?  With a heavy heel we again noticed that the bilge discharged - where oh where is this water coming from?

Day 2 - We hung out at anchor, read and hunted for that nasty leak

Day 3 - Rhode River to Back Creek/home

 

 

 

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Number of days:
1 day
  • Always something fun to see in the Harbor

This evenings sunset cruise was a little bit different.  We did it aboard Hurry Sundown and drank a toast to our 3rd son's birthday, It's a bit of a family tradition to raise a glass for the birthday person, even when we are not together.  We enjoyed a lovely sail in 13-15 kt. winds until the bilge pump came on and we found water under our forward berth - yikes!  Now to find the source.   

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

It's a regular routine now, sunset cocktails on Maeryner

Saturday, July 4, 2020 to Monday, July 6, 2020
Number of days:
3 days
  • Lining up for the toss
  • Special Delivery
  • Sunset over Reed Creek
  • Moonrise over Reed Creek
  • No Jellyfish - time to swim
  • Red Rover racing home

Annapolis fireworks are one of our favorite family nights of the year.  No fireworks celebration this year thanks to Covid so we headed to Reed Creek to share the weekend with friends.

Day 1 - Back Creek to Reed Creek.  The Maeryner caught up with us along the way to deliver a mask and fins.  These amazing sunsets and moonrises are why Reed Creek is one of our favorites.

Day 2 - Hanging out in Reed Creek with the crews of Red Rover and Leighway

Day 3 - Heading out of the Chester alongside Red Rover

Friday, July 3, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

A much needed visit with our son and grandaughter ended in an evening cruise aboard the Maeryner.

Friday, June 26, 2020 to Thursday, July 2, 2020
Number of days:
7 days

Although we have been enjoying Solomon's Island for 20 years as sailors, we've never made it beyond the bridge for an overnight.  We made it a summer goal and checked it off the list on this trip.

Day 1 - Back Creek to Solomon's.  Good wind and great sail from Annapolis to Poplar Island.  We spent the night on a mooring ball at Zahnisers.

Day 2 - Maintenance work to be done so we stayed on the mooring ball.  Kids and grandkids dinghied over for dinner and then we spent the evening in Leonardtown at our granddaughters' ballet recital.

Day 3 - Solomon's Island to St. Leonard's Creek after a morning sail with our grandson and his friend. Something big was happening up the Creek at Vera's White Sands.  There had to be 100 or more power boats and great live music so we opted to stay out of the fray and anchored at Rollins Cove, a beautiful, quiet anchorage.

Day 4 - It was sooo hot that we chose to  hang out in the Cove for most of the day.  Another sailor dinghied over to say hello and when it cooled off we headed up to get a closer look at White Sands which was eerily quiet after yesterday.  Life in the 2020 quarantine we guess.

Day 5 - Cruised upriver and checked out Broome's Island but decided it was a little too snug an anchorage for us so we headed back down the river and anchored at Mill Creek just past the bridge.  Another very hot day, so we again waited to do some dinghy exploration once the temps dropped.

Day 6 - It was a very stormy day, lost of thunderstorms throughout the day so we put the time to good use doing some boat chores.

Day 7 - We got an early start in case of more afternoon storms and headed home Mill Creek to Back Creek in about 7 1/2 hours.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Another amazing sunset on our after dinner cruise around the Annapolis Harbor.

Monday, June 22, 2020 to Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Number of days:
2 days

After showing off the town to the good Father, we took him out for an overnight on the water, and of course past the famous Thomas Point Light on our way to Harness Creek.  Unfortunately the rain kept us onboard and we weren't able to visit Quiet Waters Park.

On our return to Back Creek, Bob accompanied the captain of Red Rover on his trip home to Black Hole Creek on the Magothy.

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Sunset cruise showing Liz's brother, Father Keith what we love about living in Annapolis.

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Crusing the local waters and enjoying the sunset, drinks in hand, aboard Maeryner.

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

In 2011 we joined 24 other sailboats to participate in SpinSheet's first sponsored circumnavigation of the DelMarVa peninsula .  We had a great time, learned a lot, and made some new friends.  One of those friends, Jim Mosher, is another SpinSheet centurion whose company we have only enjoyed virtually as we never met at the rally parties years ago.  It happened that Jim was in town getting some work done on Valinor II and so we took advantage of the opportunity to meet face to face.  Thanks to our Maeryner, we were able to take a morning trip that included a stop at Valinor II for a meet-up.  

Friday, June 12, 2020 to Monday, June 15, 2020
Number of days:
4 days

A few days out on the water.

Day 1 Back Creek to Broad Creek on the Magothy

Day 2 Broad Creek to Black Hole Creek to day sail with friends from Red Rover

Day 3 Black Hole Creek to Weems Creek

DAy 4 Weems Creek to Back Creek/home

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Our friends on Sirène called to say they left the madeleines on the boat and they didn't want them to spoil.  So, we hopped aboard the Maeryner and headed to pick them up.  Our evening cocktail cruise turned into a dessert cruise, yum!

Monday, June 8, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Today provided the opportunity to enjoy a little time on both a power and sailboat.  We took a local morning cruise on the Maeryner and then spent the afternoon doing docking practice with our friends aboard  Sirène.

Sunday, June 7, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Our good friends on  Sirène invited us to join them on their 2020 weekend shakedown cruise.  After a brief but enjoyable sail, we made it to the Rhode only to be thwarted by a non-working anchor windlass.  The uncooperative anchor refused to deploy so we headed back to the dock and enjoyed a hearty steak dinner. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to Saturday, June 6, 2020
Number of days:
5 days

We set out from Back Creek fully provisioned for a 5 day sail.  As we began our journey up the Eastern Bay we noticed water splashing around the cockpit floor.  Oops, Liz used the cockpit shower to rinse off some 'bug juice' prior to leaving the dock and apparently forgot to tighten the handle.  We have run out a good portion of our water for the trip .  

Day 1 & 2  in an unnamed pristine cove off the Wye which we have nicknamed 'Izzie's Cove' which has become one of our favorite stops on the Wye.  It's a great place for working remotely and enjoying some fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies.  

Day 3 we headed to St. Michaels's to refill the water tank.  Storms predicted so we grabbed a slip and stayed the night which proved to be a good decision when those storms arrived.

Day 4 as part of our goal to hit as many new places as possible this summer we headed to Hunting Creek off the Miles River for a night.

Day 5 Hunting Creek to Back Creek /home.

 

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Since we haven't quite figured out how to go sailing every day, we do sunset cocktail cruises on the Maeryner, the Sea Hunt we share with our son.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to Thursday, May 28, 2020
Number of days:
3 days

Despite impending rain we couldn't resist a chance to spend a couple of nights at anchor.  The rain did get us as we headed home and we had to do a 'hat overboard' manuveur as we left Round Bay.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We had to do a pump out (not so easy in the days of COVID) and decided to enjoy a quick day sail while we were out.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 to Sunday, May 17, 2020
Number of days:
4 days

A little later than we had hoped, but we are finally headed home for the season. 

Day 1 - Worton Creek to Swan Creek

Day 2 - Swan Creek to Eagle Cove

Day 3 - Eagle Cove to Mill Creek

Day 4 - Mill Creek to Back Creek

Friday, May 8, 2020 to Sunday, May 10, 2020
Number of days:
3 days

We are finally ready to go and started the season with a weekend at Worton Creek with the family.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

We enjoyed a Zoom Happy Hour with our Rock Hall sailing friends courtesy of Tom on Mary C and joined by Joanna and Dan on Arietta, Becky and Dale on Talysa  and former sailors Linda and Gary.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020
Number of days:
6 days
  • Captain's Helper

Yay, time to  uncover Hurry Sundown and get ready for a new season.  Great to have an extra pair of hands to help.

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

What an experience, kayaking with the manatees!  Manatee Springs State Park, Florida.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Enjoying a day on the water at Curry Hammock State Park.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

You can't visit the Everglades without taking a ride on an airboat to check out the local wildlife!

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Pre-COVID we were able to cruise on this charming boat and enjoy lunch at a restaurant

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Ferried from Haneymoon Beach to Caledesia Island for the day

Monday, January 6, 2020
Number of days:
1 day

Rented a Duffy boat and cruised the harbor at Newport Beach, CA with our youngest grandson (who made a friend along the way) to start our 2020 days on the water.