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post #176 of Old 11-11-2012
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Re: 2012 Sailing Season

We ended up going to Worton Creek yesterday. With no wind we motored up the bay with a favorable current carrying us at over 6 knots. We went to the inside anchorage and dropped anchor around 3 PM. There was only one other boat on the hook but we did share the anchorage with thousands of geese who must have been stopping for an afternoon rest. We sat in the cockpit until dark and watched as group after group took off and flew into the sunset. We also saw a bald eagle and several other shore birds. Some geese stayed as we heard sporadic honking through the darkness all night. It was chilly after dark (got down to 39) but our propane heater kept us cozy.

This morning we set out again with no wind but a favorable current and were able to sail the last third of our trip as the wind picked up in the afternoon. Both days we had the bay practically to ourselves and I had to wonder why there weren't more boaters out enjoying the beautiful weekend.

Back at the marina, things were as hopping as I've ever seen them there, with those fortunate enough to be heading south for the winter making final preparations and others waiting in line for the travel lift to pull out. We're hauling out this winter but we're determined to make the season last through Thanksgiving, weather permitting.

s/v Spindrift
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30
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