At the Table in Deltaville, VA

My Favorite Day of Summer 2016

These are a few of my favorite things: (1) excellent food at a magnificent restaurant, (2) a quality glass of rich red wine, (3) a bike ride through a quiet, seaside town, (4) checking out a sailboat for sale, (5) friendly, enjoyable conversation, (6) swimming in the pool, (7) a beautiful sunset, (8) a comfortable night aboard my sailboat in the V-berth with working air-conditioning.
Out on the Boston Whaler in the evening

Once We Got To Deltaville

The three of us spent the evening talking and enjoying being out on the water together. We explored a beach that had once been the site of a prosperous factory at the turn of the century. And since a Boston Whaler is a powerboat, we zoomed around, creating our very own breeze as we flew through the water. So the night air was pleasant for the first time since we had set out!
Dodger on a 1986 Catalina 30 sailboat.

Our Last Journey South in 2016

Ship's Log (notes made by the skipper): "At 1700, I decided to check our progress. My first mate informed me that the current and the wind were against us. I looked to our stern, and noticed that we had barely been moving and had not made much progress. We were making roughly 2-3 knots. The waves were 1-3 feet, and the bow was constantly slamming against each wave."
Cockpit of a Catalina 30 sailboat at sunset with a cat

Herring Bay: Never Again

Sometimes we learn the hard way. We dropped anchor in Herring Bay on the evening of July 22nd 2016, hoping to lighten the intensity of the passage south down the Chesapeake. Not recommended. Rolly, rolly, rolly. As one wave, then another, then another rolled under our anchored vessel. The sun was setting. Should we stay or should we go? Could our stomachs make it overnight in this spot? On the chart: Herring Bay, ever heard of it?
Governor's Cup 2016 crew

Governor's Cup 2016

So what were we doing August 5 and 6 last summer? We were crewing aboard Makai in the Governor’s Cup! Our O-dock neighbor, Tony, and his wife and first mate, Cheri, had invited us to come racing with them several evenings throughout the summer and to join their crew for the “Gov Cup” in early August. Damian and I saw this as a great opportunity for us to learn, grow, and gain experience as sailors and a meaningful distraction from the sadness the summer heat had brought for us personally.
On the helm while sailing a Catalina 30

My Sailing Playlist

Sailing to music takes the experience to a whole new level! Here’s some of the tunes that are on my sailing play list! What’s on your “sailing” play list?

How we survived the heat!

Hundred degree-days this summer peppered the sailing calendar a little too consistently over the months of July and August. The thought of sailing—once joyous with the breeze whisking through my hair and stiffening our sails into a solid curve that would propel us forward—became one of distress, suffering, and downright misery.
Girl on a sailboat mast with a power drill hanging lazy jacks

Up, up, up the mast!

Lazy jacks are rigging lines that run from the mast to the back of the boom that guide the mainsail into place instead of falling all over the deck when it is lowered. Damian and I were eager to install lazy jacks on Gem&I so that the furling process would be easier and less dangerous for us while out at sea.
Barnacle Buster really works!

Barnacle Buster to the rescue!

How did we finally get our engine to cool down? How did we get our air conditioning working successfully again? Yep! You guessed it! An ingenious little product with a funny name: Barnacle Buster!
Super Solar Shower at anchor on a sailboat

How we shower at anchor

Many of you may wonder: how do we shower at anchor? Even though our head has a sink faucet that turns into a shower wand, we are not big fans of making our entire bathroom soak and wet (because the whole thing technically becomes the shower itself). So we use something else!
Fishing while at anchor with a cat.

Anchored at Gordon Point

A familiar anchorage near Kent Narrows is Reed Creek, a tributary of the Chester River. For an overnighter, Damian and I thought this spot would be the perfect place to unwind after being in the slip for a week or so working on boat projects. Only a few hours’ sail up the Chester, and we were free of civilization!
Plumbing on board a sailboat

Plumbers beware!

Problem: clogged drain in the galley sink. Solution: No Drano allowed. Biodegradable options only! We attempted four potential solutions. The most disgusting one worked. Find out how we did it!