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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
Glad to hear everyone's getting out on the water!
On our way to the water on Wednesday, we were about 20 miles from Sandy Point State Park on 97 South when BAM! SCRAAAAAAPE.... the axle on our trailer broke at the drop near the wheel. Luckily it folded in toward the boat and didn't go flying out into traffic.
Through a number of adventures, we spent nine hours finding tools and parts and replacing the axle on the side of the road.
We made it to the park at 1830, ate dinner under a tree, and decided to take our time setting up the boat. We were in the water a little after 2100. Having never night sailed or night navigated, we motored slowly under the bridge and around the corner to Whitehall Bay behind Hackett Point. It was a nice muddy anchorage and held very well. The anchor did a good job digging in with the wind overnight.
Thursday we sailed to Annapolis and had the sails up until the turn into the harbor. We grabbed Mooring #1 (closest to Ego Alley) and grabbed a water taxi for a walk around the Navy yard and a shower. Ice cream mid day was quite nice as well. We spent the evening people watching and had some pork loins with mashed potatoes for dinner.
Friday the wind was 0-8, and coming from where we were headed. We made it about a quarter mile from the bridge and then dropped sail to motor our way in.
We made it back home without incident, and thankfully without any axle issues. Whew!
Sometimes a sailing adventure doesn't end up as planned, but it can still be quite nice. I had fun but was exhausted most of the trip from that first day on the side of the road.
1980 Laguna Windrose 22