This was to be low-key, with nice weather predicted all weekend. However, most of Friday evening and Saturday had pretty high southerly winds kicking-up our planned path to the Miles River. The process almost old-hat to our crew, we quickly stowed all provisions after our arrival Friday evening, which was even earlier than expected thanks to significantly less traffic than the previous Memorial Day weekend.
Saturday started the way all days should, waking up on the Rose followed by coffee and donuts at the marina, before unceremoniously heading out for southern destinations. We left the marina without taking on fuel then headed to the Miles River at trawler-speed, as no timeline allowed better fuel consumption numbers. The rest of the trip can be explained better with pictures and video…
Click on the video (no-sound) below to see the trip down and back through Kent Narrows, Eastern Bay, St. Michaels, and the Miles River… 31MAY14-to-01JUN14
One of the boats crossing our anchorage, this CAT looks to be enjoying the day too, 31MAY14…
The First Mate heading out for exploration and shore activities as the wind started to lay down a little, 31MAY14
Admiral of the Rose, ready to enjoy Saturday evening’s dinner. Aaah, roughing-it, 31MAY14
Saturday evening was strange, now with high breezes (along with the tide), switching from purely-southern to northerly in a very short amount of time. The winds finally subsided around 2am…
Sunday morning was GORGEOUS aboard the Rose, perfect sun, perfect breeze, perfect temperature, as she posed for some glamour-shots. Goodbye May, hello June!
If anyone knows this fool, Maryland registration MD4310CB, please let him know how much we appreciate him observing that pesky “5MPH within 100ft” law. Christina’s anchor-chain is clearly visible, and her pulpit likely forced this reckless captain to duck… 01JUN14, 09:24am
Although the fish weren’t biting, the Admiral watched plenty of fish and rays swimming by. As they say, even a bad day of fishing… 01JUN14
The weekend’s weather finally turned out like predictions, allowing the Rose to enjoy her quick trip back home Sunday around noon. Our peaceful anchorage became crowded by our departure anyways, allowing us to enjoy spectacular water headed north through Eastern Bay, 01JUN14
Kent Narrows was busy by our arrival, boats headed north and south waited for the bridge while patrons enjoyed lunch at the Big Owl, 01JUN14
Wildlife along the northern-end of Kent Narrows, not many fish win the battle with these talons, 01JUN14
Arriving back at the marina, we decided to give Christina a fresh drink after a couple weekends of activities. Not too bad, considering how much time she spent hauling the First Mate in the tube Memorial weekend!
A look at this weekend’s journey south… May-June 2014
Christina’s crew took their time to pack and clean up, as wonderful weather invited all to stay as long as possible. Unfortunately, duty called, ending an otherwise perfect day aboard the Rose. This weekend put 35.1nm under keel, averaging only 8kt the entire time underway (most of it was at 6kt)! Combined with the previous weekend, 90.9-gallons of fuel and 80.1nm underway work out to 0.88nm/gal, which is better than typical thanks to running 17nm at 6kt (roughly 1.5nm/gal).