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Old 06-07-2011
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Thanks for your encouraging posts. I hope to make it down there some day as well, just not this year. I ended up doing a second, 8-day, trip with the "dude" that posted on this forum about three weeks ago. He had no sailing experience but learned everything quickly and was up for the adventure. Since he didn't have any navigation or other sailing experience, we did all daytime sails, hitting the Rhode river, then three days in the Chester, up the bay to the Sassafras, where we took advantage of the free municipal dock at Betterton, then took two days to get back down to the Severn, anchoring at Still Pond and then at the mouth of the Magothy along the way. We had beautiful weather the entire time and saw very few other boats except around Annapolis and a few others motoring here and there.

We had an interesting mishap in the middle of the bay off the mouth of the Patapsco- we were zipping along and then slowed rather unexpectedly while my 1st mate was at the helm, then suddenly lurched forward and a crab pot popped out behind us - the next thing we knew the outboard was just hanging by one screw on its bracket and the rudder, which is stern-hung, was completely out of the gudgeons. Luckily my 1st mate held on tight to it. I grabbed the outboard and plunked it down in the cockpit, then took down the sails, since it was windy and there were a lot of waves. We tried to wrestle the rudder back on with no success, since it tried to steer itself up and away from the stern, but then we were able to get it back in the gudgeons when we pulled it to leeward, where there was no movement of water along the hull, unlike the windward side. The crab pot float must have snagged both the outboard and the rudder, and we were really lucky to get the rudder back on.

- Will
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