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Old 06-10-2010   #1
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With no planning at all we headed to the boat Monday and found a great sail north from Herrington Harbor North. We left the sip at 3:30 in dead calm and within minutes had gusty-swirling winds from 12-23 knots. The objective was a West River anchorage, but we couldn't let go of that breeze so we aimed for the South River, but still had good wind so we sailed into Annapolis Harbor and took mooring #22 at 8:50 p.m. I don't know why the mooring, there is a perfectly good anchorage right beside, but taking the mooring under sail is always a nice challenge.

Tuesday we beat all the way up the Severn River to Forked Ck. in 10-20-kt on the nose. What a great river to sail: good depth bank to bank with the 2-3 shoals well marked. Only a few power-boaters out and the Navy 44s as we passed the Academy. We ran back down the Severn with swirls so extreme we were on the wind for a few minutes downriver as well. Anchored in the West River off Popham Ck with the hope of sighting Cedar Park - no luck.

Left the West on Wednesday and ran into an absolute S-Storm on the Bay! The Bay was as lumpy as I've seen it with NOAA Wx predicting 20-kt wind from the south with gusts to 30, right smack on the nose - no thanks. We turned around and anchored in the Rhode R. in High Island Bay. It was so calm we thought we had made a mistake until a pretty 36 footer with crew of four came in an hour later, exhausted, seasick, tired and looking to get drunk. They did, in a Vodka fest - we enjoyed the noise and "sea stories" till they passed out at 9:00.

Today we left the Rhode under sail at 0900 (they were still "out") and found another perfect ride home on a west wind of 12-19 knots. The lumps were down to 1-2 ft. We even managed to sail round the Herrington Shoal before dropping the sails at the cut.

7-kt at 42° , 17.5 apparent... not bad for a pretty/chubby Swedish gal (the boat - not me)

Posted to counter the unintentional cruelty of those Labor Day Weekend posts - we were land-bound!
s/v Virginia Dare

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