We had a lovely couple of weeks in Hampton, VA. The small Sunset Marina is not fancy but easy to be at and easy to get stuff done. One of my goals was to give Blossom our dinghy some serious love. She is the closest thing we have to a car. She got a thorough cleaning, a coat of paint and new numbers. Once we got her back aboard it was time to go!!!
Departing Hampton with some nice east winds it felt good to hoist the main and unfurl the head sail.
We have a very comfortable sail nearly “door-to-door” up to Deltaville.
We like to anchor in Jackson Creek because the well protected harbor. That harbor is protected by very large sandbar which can make the entrance a little intimidating the first few times through. The channel is well marked and so the only requirement is a paying a little extra attention.
Departing Jackson Creek we had NO wind…not even a puff to move the ensign.
It was going to be a no sail, sail day so we got off early for a long hop to Solomons Island, MD.
Near Reedsville, VA the Menhaden Boats were out in force!
Passing the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers we make a left at the Patuxent River
The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in the foreground and Patuxent Naval Air Station in the background. Of course I am guilty of irresponsible picture taking or lack of is more accurate! We were lucky enough to meet up with out friends Matt & Marty from SV Runaway. Always fun to catch up.
Solomon Island is a wonderfully protected anchorage.
After a two day stay we had a one day window to make a dash for the East Bay and the Wye River. The Wye is one of our favorite stops anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay. We normally go there for a good swim, sadly we were temperature limited….
We sure enjoyed our time in the Wye but no good time does not goes without a good spring thunderstorm.
An approaching front brought us a some really spectacular cloud art!
…and the cloud art brought us a good old fashion thunderstorm.
By morning the skies cleared and we were off to meet the Pentagon Sailing Club Memorial Day Raft up in the Magothy River.
North-bound approaching the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
The first of the PSC Boats arrive…anchoring training.
It was great to see so many of the PSCers. We had a terrific evening catching up!
Early Sunday morning we headed for Galesvile, MD for our annual June stand-down.
Even on Sunday morning of Memorial Day we met up with a 700ft car carrier on our way south.
As soon as we arrived Hartge’s Yacht Harbor we were re-united with Exuberant, EleanorQ, Manadala, Magnolia and Belle Bautau. We have been blessed meeting and know such wonderful people!