"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 25, 2016

Sept. 24 - Baltimore, MD

Anchorage Marina

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” –Paulo Coelho
We enjoy Baltimore. There's so much to do and it seems like there's some kind of festival or event going on every weekend. One of our favorite things is the Saturday morning farmers market in Fells Point. They have all the regular great produce booths plus arts and crafts, fresh bread, organic cheeses, wonderful food booths and local winery and distillery samples, and best of all it's a fun place to watch people (and dogs).

The festival for the day was the Chesapeake Cowboy Grand Finale Shoot Out, which is an extreme boat docking competition. It’s the Chesapeake Bay’s version of a rodeo and is considered a water sport in which work boats and charter boats compete within their divisions to go from point “A” to point “B” and execute a task of lassoing poles for a timed competition. They compete for cash, prizes, trophies and of course bragging rights. These competitions are in different places all summer and the final showdown was in Baltimore this year. There was also crab picking and oyster shucking completions…seafood is a way of life around the Chesapeake. Most of these people grew up on boats and the youngest captain in today’s event was 13. This water rodeo is an absolute spectacular to witness and there is truly never a dull moment…we even saw two captains fall off their boats while they were attempting to lasso a post. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
 Some of the great things at the farmers market
 The crab picking competition. The lady in the orange t-shirt picked 2.4 pounds in 10 minutes.
 The oyster shucking competition 
 The docking competition 
Here's a video of the Waterman Docking Race...this boat is actually on of the tamer attempts.

Spending time in Baltimore also means having a great time with friends.
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September 23, 2016

Sept. 22 – Baltimore, MD

Anchorage Marina

“I have sea foam in my veins, for I understand the language of waves.” —Le Testament d’Orphee
I've neglected the blog this past week. There just isn't a lot to write about when you spend 15-17 hours a day cruising in the Atlantic and very little to take pictures of, except the sunrises and sunsets, which we've seen from the flybridge as we're cruised along. Since leaving Newport we've traveled almost 500 miles, most of that in three very long days, although we did have two down days waiting on weather...still uneventful and not worthy of a blog post.

Today we had a short cruise from the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake into Baltimore. We're not sure how long we'll be here, but for now we're catching up with friends, cleaning the boat and enjoying the luxuries that come from being tied to a dock.

We enjoyed beautiful sunsets in Sandy Hook, Cape May and our Still Pond anchorage. The rewards to a long day on the water.
Heading into Baltimore
Francis Scott Key Memory Buoy...the story is that this is where he was on a ship when he watched the battle at Fort McHenry and wrote the words to the Star-Spangled Banner.
Fort McHenry
Baltimore Harbor is a very busy place
Dinner with Ted and Sally at Cooper's...one of our favorite places in Fells Point.
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September 21, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

September 19, 2016

Sept. 19 – Waiting on Weather

Sandy Hook Coast Guard Station – Anchorage 

“Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.” ― Josh Billings

Weather and the tide play a big part in determining the what, when and where in our cruising life. Some places they are more important than in others. From Port Washington we had to travel down the East River to reach the Hudson River and New York Harbor. The current is very strong through this area (5 kn) and can make traveling difficult if you're not "going with the flow". So we've always timed our travels to go with the tide. We flew through the East River and New York Harbor at a record speed today. It would be wonderful to travel this fast all the time.
Blackwell Island Lighthouse on Roosevelt Island
The low building in the foreground is the UN Building
We are anchored near Sandy Hook ready to make our move down the Jersey coast as soon as the conditions are favorable. We don't mind rain and wind when we travel in the ICW, but when we're in the Atlantic Ocean that's a different story completely...especially when thunder and lightening are involved. One look at the radar this morning and we knew we were staying put. We'll move on when the weather is more settled.
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September 18, 2016

Silent Sunday

September 17, 2016

Sept. 16 – Port Washington, NY

Manhasset Bay – Anchorage

"It's out there at sea that you are really yourself." —Vito Dumas

It was the Captain’s birthday today and we celebrated it on the water…just the way he likes it. The wind finally died down and we had a perfect day to travel down Long Island Sound. We decided to make it another long run and are anchored in Port Washington. Now we can be in position for the next good day in the Atlantic to head down the coast to Cape May.

This cruise ship was just coming in as we were leaving this morning...looks like we picked a good day to leave Newport.
Point Judith Lighthouse
Sailboat race from New London to Greenport
Racers passing Little Gull Island Lighthouse
The only excitement on the water today was running into some friends. We crossed paths near Plum Island with Robin and Noel on Saga; they were heading out to Block Island for the weekend. We stopped and visited for a few minutes. Wish we could have joined them, but we are feeling a tug on our heartstrings by our Grandwonders. It's time to be moving south and reconnecting with family.

It's fun to meet up with friends...no matter where.
A beautiful sunset with a ferry on the horizon 
The harvest moon coming up over Long Island Sound
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September 16, 2016

Sept. 13-15 - Newport, RI

Newport Harbor –Anchorage

“My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water.” —Carl Hiaasen
We had a very rough ride down Buzzards Bay and the Atlantic, but we arrived in Newport safely and we're glad to be in the protection of the harbor. The harbor was busy and very crowded since the boat show is starting in a few days. We usually like to pick up a mooring but there weren't any available. We anchored near the yacht club and the fort a little more exposed than we like, but we made it work.

Newport is one of our favorite towns...very old and full of history. It was founded in 1639. It attracted settlers in the early days for the religious freedom it offered. It became a major port in the whale business and in the slave trade. Most of the buildings in town were built in the 1700 & 1800's. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, wealthy southern planters seeking to escape the heat began to build summer "cottages" on Bellevue Avenue and it became the summer playground to America's wealthiest families. Some of large mansions are now museums. Newport's harbor has been filled with yachts since the Gilded Age and is the sailing capital of New England. In the summer the docks are lined with mega yachts, here for the summer social season.

Bowen's Wharf - full of art galleries, restaurants, shops and boating executions.
Bannister's Wharf - full of shops and restaurants along the waterfront.
 Trinity Church
The Colony House 
Homes in Newport
We didn't do as much in Newport as we hoped. Most of our time was spent recovering from our two long days on the water and the extremely long sleepless night we spent in the anchorage Wednesday night. High winds and swells made it almost impossible to stay in bed. Everything in the cabin had to be put away or tied down. Thursday morning was still horrible, so we dressed and were in town before 7:30. We had a nice breakfast at Rosemary & Thyme's and relaxed in the park until the boat show opened. We spent the rest of the day touring boats and dreaming. 

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront with all makes and models of powerboats and sailboats ranging from 16 ft. to 85 ft. People are welcomed to board all of them. There are also tents filled with any kind of boating gear, clothing, guidebooks and equipment you can think of. One day is definitely not enough time to see it all, but the only good weather day to move south is on Friday…so we’ll say goodbye to Newport a little early and move on.

The Newport International Boat Show
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