FROM: The Captain
Forecast: Overcast with showers beginning midday. Winds N 10kt.
Distance traveled: 47.7 nautical miles
Time underway: 5 hours 3 minutes
Average Speed: 9.5kts
Max Speed: 18kts
Fuel used: 54 gallons
Yesterday we had the tides and current in our favor at all points so we knew today would be the opposite, but it only served to slow us down a bit. Just as you exit the canal’s west side you really start to see and feel the charm that awaits in this beautiful part of Maryland. As we got closer to the Bay the sky became more overcast and we started to get the sense that the rain which was not forecast to begin until later in the day would soon be upon us. About an hour before our arrival we got that familiar alert tone from the Dark Sky app with the message, “light rain starting in five minutes.” Damn the accuracy of Dark Sky. We don’t mind being out in the rain as long as visibility is not impeded but arriving at a port under a deluge is just unpleasant.
Additional Notes FROM: The Captain
SUBJECT: A False Start
Once we hit the Chesapeake the “exploration” part of our journey was ready to begin. I’ve done the trip between New York and Florida a few times before, but always on a “delivery” schedule on a friend’s boat where the goal was to get to the final destination as quickly as possible. This means being on the move every day that conditions allow and using up every bit of daylight possible for traveling. This is not that trip. I have done New York City to Sarasota, Florida (1493 statute miles) in eight days. By comparison, by our eighth day of this trip, we have only traveled 336 statute miles – which is exactly the point. As we’ve mentioned, we’re not on a schedule.
Our original plan had us leaving about a month or so earlier with the idea that we would travel through the Chesapeake for the first time and stop to enjoy at least a few of its “must-see” destinations, staying a few nights in each spot allowing for at least one full day to explore, rather than just the time from when we tie up until the time we shove off the following morning (which is inevitably packed with boat business, course plotting etc). Even though we were now leaving well off-season with the temps starting to drop we decided to stick to our plan and see what the area was like this time of year. And we do love a sleepy resort town off-season.
Unfortunately, our first two-night stop for this part of the trip in Rock Hall, Maryland provided somewhat of a false start. We arrived in the pouring rain which continued throughout the rest of the day. The two harbor-side restaurants, one in particular that we were really looking forward to based on recommendations, were closed for just the days that we were to be here (they didn’t even know that in the marina office). So was another of the recommended restaurants in town. And it was cold, making the fifteen minute walk into the village where nothing was going on not particularly pleasant. This is not complaining – oh, no. Just the circumstances of our stay. The harbor here is beautiful, Rock Hall Landing Marina is terrific and we’re sure this must be a fantastic destination in better weather and in-season. So a beautiful spot to land for our first in the bay for sure, but a false start to really get a feel for the area. We’re guessing Annapolis, our next stop, will change up that vibe regardless of the time of year.