here are some photos from my four day cruise to some of the
islands of Tangier Sound on Chesapeake Bay. I had a great
time. Spartina, the Pathfinder
I launched last June, performed wonderfully. I had all kinds
of weather - from a steady 10 knot breeze to dead calm to
a small craft advisory. A fun way to spend a long weekend,
I can't wait to go back.
Work and family life are keeping me pretty busy these days,
so I don't have time to write much. But here are the photos
and below is some information to go with them. (click
thumbnails for larger views)
up with all my gear, food and water in Crisfield, Md.
Eight gallons of water under the two ports in the bunk
flat. More than I needed, but I wanted to see how she
sailed with the weight. Clothes and food are under the
hatches in the thwart. From left to right you can see
my yellow foul weather gear bungeed under the coaming.
A grey tub with flashlights, candles, matches and notebooks.
My safety harness tether is coiled in front of that, next
to the red throw cushion. The yellow bag contains my hypothermia
gear - a double bagged set of warm clothes to be brought
out only as a last resort. Under the foredeck is a gas
can, porta potty, anchor and mesh bag with onions and
peppers. Bungeed up under the foredeck is my boom tent,
sleeping pad and sleeping bag. Wrapped in white polytarp
on the right is my cook stove with a burner and griddle.
Aft of that is a grey tub with my cook kit. As you can
see, all that gear and I'm still left with a wide open
cockpit! I could not detect any change in performance
of the boat with all that gear on there.
the best looking guy, but I'm having a nice time crossing
Tangier sound in a 10 knot breeze. I've got my harness
on, life jacket is nearby to the right. I'm a baseball
hat kind of guy, but the wide-brimmed straw hat was perfect
protection from the sun. Ten or twelve hours exposed to
the sun in an open cockpit can be a long time, I'll take
any protection I can get.
for the evening at Great Fox Island, my $10 l.e.d. anchor
light swinging from the lazy jacks.
my hand at fishing, but not much luck. But a very nice
way to spend the afternoon. I cast a bit looking for fish,
but mostly enjoyed watching the dolphins swim by out in
the deeper water.
sail at sunrise at Great Fox Island. Second day of the
four day trip had the lightest winds. They kind of came
and went. Fog moved in late morning. I sailed south to
Watts Island in the fog using a compass and tracking crab
pot markers along the shoal that led from Great Fox Island
to Watts Island.
Grilled onions and peppers with salmon out of a foil packet,
all served over the rice boiling in the pot to the right.
Talk about good!
boom tent up at Tangier Island. A front came through that
night, strong winds and heavy rains. The tent, made with
polytarp, tape and grommets (total cost of about $60.00)
kept me perfectly dry and comfortable. I slept through
the storm and waited out the wind and rain the next day
while reading a good book. Weather cleared about 2 in
the afternoon, I set sail with a reef in during a small
craft advisory. Interesting thing about leaving Tangier
was sailing backward with the cb up and the rudder partially
lowered. I was under complete control sliding across the
sand flats dodging a couple of duck blinds. As I got to
the opening of the sound I raised the jib and reefed main
and took off in to the breeze.
across the sound during the small craft advisory. Just
a great ride.
visit to Watts Island. Once an island large enough to
support a plantation, now eroded away to a narrow uninhabited
strip of land.
anybody else out there have a JW pennant? A gift from
my Mom, it arrived the evening before I left on the trip.
Thanks again for the great design. I wonder where it will
take me next.