The crossing of the Chesapeake from St. Michaels on 26th was very windy
and cold but clear bright skies. Rounding Bloody Point Bar light where two
currents converged was hard work, but once out in the Bay we were able to
make 6 knots.
On arrival in Annapolis, we tied to a mooring ball in the centre of the
harbour, very close to the waterfront and city centre of Annapolis. There
are thousands of boats in this area and each weekend many more arrive for
the restaurants and social scene. Together with Carol & Bob, we made a quick
exploration of the main city area, rented a car for the following day and
enjoyed the city dock's shower facilities.
Early on 27th we drove Carol & Bob to Baltimore to catch their Amtrak
train to Charleston and then the flight home to UK. As Iza's ribs were still
very painful, we decided to stay in Annapolis for a few days to give them
time to heal and take the opportunity to upgrade our alternator. We stayed
one more night on the mooring, then moved to anchor a little further away,
just off the US Navy Academy. However, during this move we decided to pick
up more fuel and water. Our arrival and departure at the fuel dock was very
smooth, but once out in the main, busy channel, the throttle cable snapped.
We reached the anchorage area with Iza at the helm and Geoff operating the
throttle from the engine compartment.
On our way into town to buy a new throttle cable, we saw Infinity at the
mooring we had just vacated. It turns out that we did see the boat anchored
off Chestertown. They had been just as surprised to find Dream On in storage
there when they were exploring the town, before heading off to Seattle for a
few days. They were equally surprised to find Dream On launched and gone
when they returned to the boat. They had a great time cruising Maine and
recommend we visit some time. Infinity headed out a couple of days later and
we last heard from them heading south in the Alligator and Pungo Rivers
Canal, bound for Beaufort.
Our throttle cable was fitted within 24 hours in case we had to make any
emergency moves. Our recent visitors, Carol & Bob will be happy to know that
we also took the opportunity to adjust reverse gear selection so we know we
can stop! The alternator took a little longer. Buying the alternator was the easy part. Getting new brackets made and
finding drive belts to fit turned out to be the challenge. However, by 5th
November, we completed this with far improved charging results.
is a fabulous place and we could spend a fortune on dining here. There are so
many appealing restaurants that we have to show great restraint. Town centre
was only a 5 minute dinghy ride away from our anchorage and our anchorage
gave a fabulous view of all the harbour activity. A number of cafes gave us
unlimited access to the internet for the price of a coffee.
the sailing centre for the east coast. During the summer it is hard to get a
mooring and the anchoring is cosy. Now, late in the season it is quieter
during the week but most afternoons and at weekends the harbour fills with hundreds of boats,
dinghies, J class racers, all varieties and sizes of sailboats Sitting on Dream
On we watched the action with fascination and
sometimes trepidation. Not everyone obeys the rules of the road or knows where
or how to
Being anchored just off the US Naval Academy, we were entertained by a
continuous stream of cadets jogging around the Academy waterfront. Just
behind the waterfront we were able to see the Navy US football training
games. In town, the effect of the Academy is everywhere. Smart and very polite
cadets in naval uniform walking around town. Many shops orientated to navy
gear, memorabilia or souvenirs.
The weekend of 5th and 6th November was
Navy Homecoming and a US Navy frigate came and anchored in Chesapeake
Bay just outside Annapolis. Added to the harbour activity was a constant
shuttle of boats from the Academy taking navy families out to visit the
frigate. At night she was fully decked out with lights.
We enjoyed Annapolis very much, but it is time to move on. Washington
here we come!