This past weekend we ventured into the north Chesapeake for the first time. It was exhilarating, as all of our sailing outings up until this point have been out in the wide, sparse Delaware river. We always went that way because we needed the training wheels, and we knew the water was a little trickier depth-wise on the Chesapeake side.
But with the addition of a nice new chart plotter that shows us depths and lots of other info, we felt confident enough to try it. We all had a fantastic time. It was Saturday, July 3rd; hot and clear with light winds and there were lots of other pleasure crafts out. I thought this might make me nervous since the chances of a collision are higher, but all of the boats seemed to easily find their own space on the waterways. We put the jib and mainsail up at the same time, which was a first for us - and it felt so right! We enjoyed tacking down the channel with ease, giving beach-goers a show and waving to passing sailboats. We even came across some new friends of ours that Jason met in San Francisco last month. We'd never seen their boat, but they recognized us and circled around to chat for a minute. They encouraged us to come and anchor out overnight with them...but that's next on our homework assignment sheet - we have a little prep work to do before we can manage it.
Once we got back to the marina, we motored all the way down to the fuel dock and Jason executed a perfect turn (no correction needed) to sidel up to it. Bravo! Not such an easy thing to accomplish with a boat almost as long as a semi!
I think we're all looking forward to the next outing...