Friday, June 20, 2014

Cruise cut short

We enjoyed our long sail to Salt Ponds and dinner with most of the gang that night. 
Sailing fashion was achieved by Tom and Cameron.

I just couldn't face another hot and humid day. So we motor sailed back to Deltaville yesterday and skipped the Yorktown visit. Just in time too. A doozy of a thunderstorm with marble size hail hit the marina about an hour after we got into our slip. I hope none of our fellow sailors were out there in those winds, lightning strikes and hail.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hotter today

Perhaps Stingray sailors should opt for a spring cruise next year. These high nineties are brutal. Even the walk to the Bier Garden last night did me in. But docktails were enjoyed at the marina with music by DJ Kenny a special touch. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A hot day again in Portsmouth

Pete took a long walk early this morning and walked past his house from 1960-1963. It needs some loving care now.

Our first stop this morning on our walking tour was the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center. Some really super kites were on exhibit on one floor and Appalachian art on the second floor. Some super yard art too. 

Tides win 5-4

One very hot day in Portsmouth after a pleasant motoring day from Hampton. Many fellow sailors hung out in the pool at Tidewater Marina. 

Last night, 14 of us ferried over to Harbor Park for the Tides/Rochester Chiefs game. 

A triple A stadium is such a perfect place to enjoy baseball. Seeing those orange and black Tides uniform (they are Orioles for sure) took me back to my life in Baltimore as an Orioles fan. Boog Powell and Paul Blair (RIP) were my favorites.

Pete caught a rubber ball while I enjoyed a pizza. 

The ferry trip back to Portsmouth in the cooler night air was a great ending. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

On to Portsmouth

Arrived at Bluewater Marina around 4 pm yesterday after a long, slow and relaxing sail down the bay. A perfect day for reading. 

Passing Fort Monroe and the historic Chamberlain Hotel reminds me that we still need to tour that facility. 

Dinner for 23 at Surfrider was handled very well by our patient waitress. 

Passed by the Norfolk home port of 13 piers. That's 11 aircraft hangers and 75 ships and 134 aircraft, with a kid of the fleet at home. 

And we are now moving on to Portsmouth where Pete lived twice as a youngster. Dad Moxon would scarcely recognize the city now.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Visiting Cape Charles

The motorsail to Cape Chuck was a rolly one yesterday as usual with three to four foot waves. Wind from the north necessitates Dramamine for me. So I nodded off between big waves all the way across the Chesapeake. 

On this Stingray Yacht Club summer cruise, we have twelve boats full of sailing friends for nightly happy hours and dinners ashore. Last night I enjoyed crab lollipops at Aqua. 

The beach was deserted this morning, Fathers Day, as we departed for Hampton. 

Hi Charlie and Claudia.