I didn't let Hurricane Earl ruin my sailing plans for Labor Day weekend on the Chesapeake! We left Annapolis a day later than we planned to allow Earl to move up the coast a bit.
Here is some catamaran content.. saw these as we headed out of Annapolis on Friday morning on our sail up to Rock Hall:
We had to deal with high winds overnight on Friday, did deck watch until 3:30 am to ensure no power boaters or other sailboats broke off their hooks or anything while we were anchored out in Rock Hall, MD... one powerboat couldn't get their hook to set... it was almost entertaining to watch them keep trying all night long.
Here is my Uncle standing on the bow of his baby, anchored out in Rock Hall, MD (Tartan 4300):
Saturday we again had 30 kts blowing around... we ended up on the motor most the way across the Bay to Baltimore.. but as we got to the West side, the ways dropped from the big 6's down to 4's and we put up the silk!
Here we are in Baltimore's inner harbor:
Here are some blue crabs "doing it" in the harbor:
On our way to Gibson Island on Sunday, we ran down my Uncles' old boat, a Tartan 37.
It's neat to see something you used to sail on, out there getting used and appreciated by it's new owner!
Here is the view from our campsite behind Gibson Island:
There were some races going on in Annapolis as we returned on Monday.. it's hard to explain that there were boats from one side of the bay to the other and really have an understanding of what that means... and the pictures don't do it justice.. but I'll try:
And I have to share a couple pics of me.
Here I am at the helm, where I spent most my time during the day:
And occasionally taking a break:
Really glad that Earl didn't ruin our trip... sure hope people escaped without too much injury or loss!
Annapolis hosted 4 major races last week:
* Cal 25 Nationals
* Farr 30 North American Championship
* J/35 North American Championship feeder regatta
* Farr 40 feeder regatta
We sorta sailed onto the edge of their course as we returned to the harbor... it was in a bad place and not marked very well.. but meh, what was worse was all the boats cutting people off on their dash to the harbor. It got a little crazy, had to play the tonnage wins game a couple times.