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Day 3 – Annapolis, MD to Solomon’s Island, MD

It was a cold night on the mooring ball in Annapolis last night. It was great to use our new inverter last night to watch TV and for Lisa to dry her hair in the morning. We left at 8:20 am and motored to Thomas Point Light. The bay was showing some white caps with 2-3 foot seas and a small craft warning was in effect. After passing Thomas Point Light we put up the sails but with the winds at 28 kts we reefed the head sail so not to be over powered. We cruised along at 7-9.5 kts, it was great to be finally sailing on this trip. Along the way we saw two US submarines, very cool to see, they move very fast.

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We arrived at Solomon’s Island at 3:45 pm. We decided with a frost advisory tonight we would take a slip at Spring Cove Marina so we would have heat. I took the opportunity to wash the boat, empty the waste tanks and fill the water tanks. We walked to a West Marine and got some gloves and warm slippers.

Lessons Learned:
1. Bring warmer clothes and wool hats
2. Bring warmer socks and shoes

Distance Traveled : 49nm

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And we’re off! – Day one – Riverside, NJ to Chesapeake City, MD

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Off like a herd of turtles that is….lol!   After realizing around midnight on Monday that we were a little low on oil, we made the decision to leave a day later then planned and take Tuesday to finish prepping the boat for the journey.  That was the plan until 7am on Tuesday when we woke up to an updated weather forecast that called for a cold front and rain the next day.  So in typical Beringer travel fashion, we jumped up out of bed, threw everything in the car, which then in turn got thrown (literally) into the boat, bought oil and the fixin’s to do an oil change underway and we pulled out of the slip at 9:30 am, just in the nick of time before dead low tide.  Phew!

Our friend Brian Winter from G. Winter’s Sailing snapped this shot of us leaving the marina.  BTW…G. Winter’s Sailing is the BEST marina in NJ for Beneteau work, sales of new and used sailboats and they also have great dockage!  I have lived in South Jersey all of my life and never realized until this summer how nice the Delaware can be.  It was a great training ground for us.  Thank you to the entire Winter’s team and especially Brian and Glen for everything this year.  We love our new Beneteau and plan many miles of fun adventures!!!!!

The visibility was great yesterday  so starting out we got one last  great view of Philadelphia from the Delaware.

Soon after passing under the Commodore Barry Bridge we spotted a great looking Beneteau 37. Turns out this beauty was under command of our friend Captain Gary Thomas, owner of The Sailing School. These  guys have been teaching us all season. Without the expert knowledge of Gary and Captain Andrew Seligman we would not be able to make this journey.  The Sailing School is GREAT and I would highly recommend them for anyone that is starting out or for experienced sailors looking to improve/enhance their sailing skills.

We arrived at Chesapeake City around 7:00pm – beautiful sunset!

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 We had planned to anchor out by the Chesapeake Inn however our windlass wasn’t working and it was getting late so we tied up at the Chesapeake Inn.  We had a great meal there!   When we returned to the boat we were able to diagnose the windlass issue to simply be a loose cable…double phew.

Our plan is to blog each day with some of the details of the trip in hopes of a) remembering this awesome journey a little better, b) documenting some of our lessons learned as newbie sailors and c) capturing some info that we hope will help anyone else that wants to make the journey – ie: distances traveled each day, moorings, etc.  I’ll always put the stat’s at the end of each post.  So without further adieu…Day 1 stats as follows:

  • 10/22 – Riverside NJ to Chesapeake City, MD
  • 56 Miles
  • Left 9:30 am, arrived 7:30 pm
  • It was kind of chilly (note to self…Newbie Lesson #1 – next year leave at the beginning of October)
  • Leaving at low tide, meant fighting the Delaware pretty much to the bay…definitely recommend leaving at high tide if possible to avoid this.
  • Planned to anchor, but issues with windlass meant docking at The Chesapeake Inn.  Newbie lesson #2 – check and double check all vital systems that you plan on using that day before you leave in the morning.  Upside…it was freezing last night and we had heat …:-).
  • Goal for Wednesday – out of the slip by 7am to head to Annapolis, MD.
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