Saturday, October 6, 2012

Godspeed joins the regatta

The Turkey Shoot regatta has lots of wind today. The sailors in this annual fundraiser for the local hospice have endured drifter winds in years past. So 15-20 knots is a welcome change.


That funny POP sound this morning was the outhaul on the mainsail saying "goodbye" to the clew end of the mainsail. That blast of wind was the final straw to seven years of UV rays on the suncover edge of the sail. Guess the jib will suffice for the next few days.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fishing Bay at sunset

All quiet on Jackson Creek tonight.

Magazine catch up day at 1.5 knots

Drifting along for the last four hours with a stack of magazines and iPhones!

Engine will take us up the Piankatank in a while.

Hurricane Nadine still out there

Will Hurricane Nadine ever die? She is now one of the top five longest storms ever. And still wandering aimlessly around the Atlantic.

Hurricanes, stay away from land. We sailors enjoy wind best in the range of 10-15 knots.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Too windy to sail today

Here is view from Stingray Point Marina lighthouse replica. Gusting to 25 knots today. So we'll watch PGA in lighthouse lounge. Does that make us "lounge lizards"?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Prop has barnacles

I guess that anti-fouling stuff on MicMac's propeller didn't work so well during the last two months in the slip. So Captain Pete jumped into the job. Glad the water temp in Healey Creek was conducive to the scraping job.

Happy hour will come early today.

Chesapeake Bay dream homes

I always want to see if the interiors of these homes are as spectacular as the views from MicMac.

How did Fleet's Bay get its name?

Fleet's Bay--plus Fleet's Point and Fleet's Island and the town of Fleeton near Reedville, VA--received their names from Captain Henry Fleet, one of the "early courageous dudes" who explored this Chesapeake Bay area. Christopher Newport and John Smith got all the PR in those pre-internet days.

Born in 1602 in Kent, England, Fleet arrived in Jamestown in 1621. During a trading expedition on the Potomac River in 1623, Fleet was captured by the Anacostan Indians. Guess they thought he'd take their land.

He remained captive until 1627 and learned their language quite well. He was ransomed and went back to England in 1627 where he became instrumental in fur trade with the Indians.

In 1631, Henry Fleet again sailed for America and visited New England, James River and Chesapeake Bay.

In 1642 the Virginia assembly gave him the right to explore for fourteen years. You needed a permit of sorts in those days.

Being able to communicate with the Native Americans came in handy. In 1644 Lord Baltimore gave him the power to visit the Susquehanna Indians and make a peace treaty with them.

In 1650, the King of England granted Henry Fleet 1750 acres near today's Windmill Point at the mouth of the Rappahannock River. And that is where I got to wondering how Fleet's Bay got its name--as we were anchored there last night. Slow sailing provides lots of leisure to sleuth the web!

That first land grant from the King increased to more than 13,000 acres after Fleet received more grants from the King for bringing in more settlers. Fleet also bought more land.

The Indians remained in the area . Captain Fleet’s patent states that it “abuts on Indian Ned’s land.” So sorry about that, Ned.

By 1650 Fleet had acquired enough land to relinquish the role of fur trader and merchant. Captain Fleet then settled down as a landowner along the Rappahannock and took an active part in the country and colony governments.

On July 3, 1655 he patented two hundred additional acres located near his land on Fleet’s Bay.

He and his son are buried somewhere nearby. But that will be an onland quest.

First fall cruise on the Chesapeake

Due to one thing or the other, we have not been out on MicMac for two months. The weather could not have been nicer for this short venture to Dymer Creek off Fleet's Bay.

I wonder who Fleet was. Gotta Google that.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ghost fleet is down by one

We saw this relic of war being towed to salvage yesterday down the James River. But 15 ships remain in our local reserve fleet.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Stingray Harbor Yacht Club's summer cruise

Thank you, wind gods! It seems too good to be true, but the winds have been in our favor for three days. It looks promising for the next week too. First, we sailed all the way to Cape Charles on Saturday, with a few of our members (and their grandchildren) turning green due to wind gusts of 25 knots. We even got a special tour on Delaware's tall ship, Kalmar Nyckel. Then we sailed to Portsmouth yesterday. Captain Pete was especially thrilled to spend Father's Day on the Chesapeake.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thank you, iPhone!

We have been onboard MicMac quite a few times since my last posting. One memorable cruise to Tangier, VA, comes to mind. I just learned that I can post from my iPhone. We are now on our first cruise of the year with other members of Stingray Harbor Yacht Club down the Chesapeake to Mobjack Bay. It's a perfect weather day. But the wind is on the nose. Only the sailors heading north are super happy. Spinnakers are out today. But I can't figure out how to add photos.

Just figured it out!