Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cruise to St. Michael's

This weekend, we sailed to St. Michael's, MD with guest crew Becky and Don and furry crewmember Dylan. Good winds Saturday made for a fast (although choppy) sail down. We anchored just outside the harbor Saturday night, with dog dinghy service provided by Ben and Jen, who sailed down aboard Outre Mer. Ben, Jen, and baby Alexandra also joined us for dinner.

Sunday morning, after a cuddle and walk for the dogs, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and watched the traditional log canoes race on the Miles River. At noon, we moved to our slip at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. We spent the afternoon enjoying the exhibits at the museum and window-shopping in the quaint town. Then we joined the Popes for cocktails and dinner aboard Outre Mer.

Becky and Don at the Hooper Strait lighthouse on the Museum grounds.

Dylan agreed with Sandy that sailing is relaxing, and fun.

Monday's return trip was much calmer, with gorgeous weather.

Bloody Point Light.

Furry crew.

Mirror image.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Andrea's Baby Shower

Mark's sister Andrea is expecting a baby boy in August. We drove up to NJ this weekend for her baby shower. It had a beach theme, which suited Andrea perfectly.

Andrea's childhood buddy Newton dressed for the occasion.

Andrea is very proud of her baby bump :)

Andrea and Rick's friends all pitched in to make the shower a success, and help them prepare for baby's arrival. Baby Boy Ryker will be one lucky guy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Photo Credits

Great covers for the June and July issues of SpinSheet, huh? Mark took both shots! His coverage of several sailing events on the Bay is also being offered for sale on the SpinSheet Photo Gallery, right alongside the pros. I'm not the least bit surprised, but so proud! -S.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Caitlin and Kelsey are "Nauti"

Caitlin and Kelsey joined us this weekend for a nautical adventure. We boarded Friday night, after they returned from their beach vacation and Mark and I finished work. After spending Friday night aboard in the slip, we set out Saturday morning. Caitlin took the helm for much of Saturday, both motoring out of our creek, and sailing almost all the way to Kent Island. She was a fast learner and a very conscientious skipper. Eventually the girls gave the helm back to Captain Mark, who made a great footrest for the stern rail seats.

Kelsey quickly got her sea legs, learning quickly to go down the ladder into the cabin, and didn't mind at all when we heeled over a little while sailing.

After "sword sandwiches" for a quick lunch underway, we returned to the Rhode River and found an anchorage with close proximity to our favorite small island. Mark and the girls dinghied Sandy ashore for a walk and beach romp.

The girls and I swam around the boat, while Mark cleaned the bottom of the boat. Then we set out for the island again for the girls to play on the beach, leaving Sandy to guard the boat.

When we returned, it was time for the treasure hunt. Given clues that referenced safety items and boat terminology they'd learned underway, the girls searched for puzzle pieces that created a map of where the treasure was hidden.

We returned to the island after dinner to find the treasure-a chest full of jewels and a pirate flag.

Saturday night, we got to see the phosphorescent marine life that light up when the water is disturbed. We'd just gotten snuggled in our berths when a squall blew through, but the anchor held, the girls were calm (it was nothing compared to Iceland wind and weather, apparently) and it was over quickly with no damage done.

Sunday, after a big breakfast and a water battle on the beach, we headed back to the slip to retrieve Jen, Pete, and baby Nicholas. They joined us for an evening cruise to a waterfront restaurant on the West River, where Jack and Janet met us for crabs and cooing over Nicholas.

On the sail back, while Kelsey (unasked) was stowing the winch handle, Pete asked something about one of the ropes on the boat. Kelsey corrected him, "DAD, they are called LINES!" We are so proud of our new crew!