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post #104 of Old 06-17-2012
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Re: 2012 Sailing Season

Well we had an interesting sail with some friends up to Annapolis this weekend. With the wind being from the north on Sat it was tack-tack-tack to claw our way up but the wind was fresh and the temps cool, so we stuck with it and got in around mid afternoon, to find the lower field already full. Even though its usually bumpy and always subject to the boisterous voices from the bars on ego alley we still like the lower mooring field so were disappointed to have to go up to the moorings in Spa Creek.

It seemed fate was on our side though because by the time we'd let the wives do a bit of shopping and stopped for a couple of beverages the winds had really kicked up and the lower moorings and Restricted Anchorage area by the Academy were really starting to rock. It took us while to catch a water taxi back to our mooring and the Captain told us he'd have to swing by the lower field first which was fine with us. As we headed out, the chop was causing a lot of spray to hit everyone in the front 1/2 of the taxiboat. As we passed the end of the moorage there was a boat owner trying to describe where he had anchored of the Academy when he realized his boat was not were he left it. Instead it was bashing on the rocks at the Naval Academy while a guy in a rowing dingy and some folks in a small ski boat tried to pull it off. The taxi captain did a masterful job of putting the owner on board and the ski boat was quickly successful in pulling the boat away from the rocks. From our vantage we never got to see the side of the boat that had been on the rocks but the Uniformed guard on the breakwater had been telling the owner it was holed. Hopefully that wasn't the case.

Anyway it was fortunate for us that we were in the much more protected moorage on spa creek so we could enjoy a pieceful night.

s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
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