Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Final peaceful night on Severn River

Elmington Estate was built in 1620 and looks pretty impressive on the North River today as we sailed by. 

It is hard to believe that 200 years ago, the British Navy had more than 100 ships in the Chesapeake Bay. Britain was still not too happy with our Declaration of Independence. Warships blockaded the Bay in February 1813 and life was tense for many months. The Brits even set up a temporary base on now tranquil Tangier Island.

The only protests in the Severn River tonight are from a few local and vocal dogs across the water. 

Apostles on that roof?
There is one very unique home as you sail up the Severn. Twelve statues "adorn" its roof. We can never get close enough in the shallow water to see if they are the apostles. Perhaps the owner has a Vatican fixation? See any resemblance?

Quiet anchorage on Severn River

Three more nights at anchor

First night we anchored on Jackson Creek off the Piantatank River. Always a nice anchorage except on holiday weekends.We were one of only three boats tonight.

Then big winds on the nose as we motorsailed past Wolf Trap Lighthouse to Blackwater Creek off the North River in Mobjack Bay.

Wolf Trap Light

Wanna buy this caisson lighthouse? It's on the market for $250,000 including a lot on land. It has been there since 1894, so be ready to renovate! The earlier rendition was carried away by an ice flow when the Bay froze. Don't expect that in the near future.


I always enjoy seeing Elmington Estate from the water too. This stately home has graced this area of Gloucester since 1640 when Thomas Dixon built it for his bride..

Then past New Point Comfort Lighthouse into Mobjack Bay, where we anchored far up the North River in a delightful no-house area. Winds kept the skeeters away too.
New Point Comfort Light

Rafting up on the Corrotoman

 A sail to enjoy up the Rappahannock to a quiet anchorage in the East Branch of the Corrotoman River.

Nine Stingray Harbor Yacht Club members know how to have happy hour. Almost all hors d'oeuvres had cream cheese as one ingredient. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Too windy to sail?

Dog and Oyster Winetasing

The beginning of Memorial Day weekend brought feisty winds around 25-30 knots. So what do sailors do on land? We visited three Northern Neck Virginia wineries, and took in a show at Donk's Theater where eleven year old Farren had top billing that night. Cute little gal with a feisty voice.

In between a few other yacht club members joined us at Sandpiper Reef in Mathews. Captain Pete tried one of that night's specials-sugar toads. No not frogs, but a seasonal Northern puffer that is fried after the heads are guillotined.