While we were in Fort Lauderdale in 2004, we met Jim
Huber a sailor who had circumnavigated the world twice and had met up with
the previous owner of Dream On during those trips. Jim lived at Chestertown
in Maryland, up the Chester River and we knew he had just gone through very
serious back surgery. Still looking for a safe summer home for Dream On, we decided to go and visit him in Chestertown with
the possibility of leaving Dream On there for the summer. We left Galesville
and the West River, crossed the Chesapeake, under the very high Chesapeake
Bay Bridge, into the Chester River and anchored for one night in Langford Creek.
Motored from Langford Creek further up the Chester
River to Chestertown and anchored off Chestertown Marina and the town
We called Jim who came down to the marina to meet us.
We had lunch together and Jim was kind enough to loan us his BMW as he was
unable to drive yet as a result of the surgery. It was great to see that Jim
was on the road to recovery and would soon be sailing again.
Our journey through the ICW and Chesapeake since
leaving Beaufort had involved long days with and average of 60-70 nm
A couple of days before the July 4th weekend, we helped
Jim put 4th July flags on his
yacht Champagne, a 43 foot Swan. We then enjoyed our first 4th July in the US and watched
three tremendous firework displays on successive nights.
Chestertown Marina agreed to take Dream On into dry
storage after July 4th weekend. We prepared Dream On for storage by washing
and airing everything. We also took the opportunity to explore the
area, visiting Rock Hall, a very popular spot for
boaters, Dover in Delaware and Annapolis..
We hauled Dream On out of the water on 5th July for the summer.
Removed the propeller for overhaul.
We rented a car on 7th July and drove from Chestertown to Toronto,
a distance of 700 miles.
On 13th July, we flew Toronto to London to
catch up with family and renovate some of our rental houses for July, August