Aug 2-10, 2015: Cambridge MD

Life-schedules finally aligned to afford the Christina Rose and her crew a little R&R out on the Chesapeake the first week of August, spending as much time away from our docks as possible in an attempt to make up for an otherwise low-hour season thus-far. Similar to a one-day cruise we made back in September of last year, our long haul was split up over many days this week, spent in the lap of luxury at the Hyatt Chesapeake’s Rivermarsh Marina in Cambridge, MD.

We arrived to our marina early to prepare the Rose for her week’s adventure, knowing it would take a lot of time to put all the crap we were hauling into suitable hiding places. Plus, not having been aboard her in over a month, it seemed like a good idea to at-least check out all the systems before a 1-week vacation was ruined! What follows is a story told in pictures and tweets…

Our Sanford and Son preparation started before we ever left the house at 10am on August 2nd (Sunday).  That's a lot of crap, but the Rose stowed it all and carried it without effort! Even the golf-clubs made the trip, 02AUG15

Our Sanford and Son preparation started before we ever left the house at 10am on August 2nd (Sunday). That’s a lot of crap, but the Rose stowed it all and carried it without effort! Even the golf-clubs made the trip, 02AUG15

Topped off the fuel-tanks prior to setting-sail, we used almost-all the fuel on-board for this trip... 03AUG15

Topped off the fuel-tanks prior to setting-sail, we used almost-all the fuel on-board for this trip… 03AUG15

On our way through Eastern Bay, en-route for the Choptank, 03AUG15

On our way through Eastern Bay, en-route for the Choptank, 03AUG15

Not even fully out into the Chesapeake, the water was a little soupy on our way behind Poplar Island, 03AUG15

Not even fully out into the Chesapeake, the water was a little soupy on our way behind Poplar Island, 03AUG15

The water calmed-down quite a bit as we progressed East up the Choptank River toward Cambridge, the Admiral taking in some of the sights off the bow... 03AUG15

The water calmed-down quite a bit as we progressed East up the Choptank River toward Cambridge, the Admiral taking in some of the sights off the bow… 03AUG15

41.4nm later, we arrived safe-n-sound at the Rivermarsh Marina, the Hyatt Cambridge's full-service marina... 03AUG15

41.4nm later, we arrived safe-n-sound at the Rivermarsh Marina, the Hyatt Cambridge’s full-service marina… 03AUG15

The weather laid down quite a bit after we settled in to our slip, making a pretty spectacular evening along the Hyatt's shores, 03AUG15

The weather laid down quite a bit after we settled in to our slip, making a pretty spectacular evening along the Hyatt’s shores, 03AUG15

The Admiral doing some reconnaissance for her following Tuesday-morning spa.  The Hyatt is a pretty big place and one wouldn't want to be late! 03AUG15

The Admiral doing some reconnaissance for her following Tuesday-morning spa. The Hyatt is a pretty big place and one wouldn’t want to be late! 03AUG15

There's a lot of things to do at the Hyatt, if boating gets too boring for the First Mate... 03AUG15

There’s a lot of things to do at the Hyatt, if boating gets too boring for the First Mate… 03AUG15

The Hyatt's infinity pool as the sun set our first evening at the marina, what a beautiful view of the Rivermarsh inlet! 03AUG15

The Hyatt’s infinity pool as the sun set our first evening at the marina, what a beautiful view of the Rivermarsh inlet! 03AUG15

The First Mate settling down on the bow after dinner at one of the Hyatt's 5-restaurants, 03AUG15

The First Mate settling down on the bow after dinner at one of the Hyatt’s 5-restaurants, 03AUG15

Monday 03AUG15 Tweet

Monday 03AUG15 Tweet

Early morning on Tuesday August 4th, looking down the A-dock toward the Hyatt Regency.  Time for golf!

Early morning on Tuesday August 4th, looking down the A-dock toward the Hyatt Regency. Time for golf!

The view from the River Marsh's hole #2, overlooking the Rivermarsh Marina... just gorgeous! 04AUG15

The view from the River Marsh’s hole #2, overlooking the Rivermarsh Marina… just gorgeous! 04AUG15

The tee-box for the River Marsh's 17th hole are elevated over the water.  The Captain was right on the pin both days!  04AUG15

The tee-box for the River Marsh’s 17th hole are elevated over the water. The Captain was right on the pin both days! 04AUG15

River Marsh's 18th tee overlooking the Rt-50 bridge over the Choptank... just spectacular! 04AUG15

River Marsh’s 18th tee overlooking the Rt-50 bridge over the Choptank… just spectacular! 04AUG15

Captain Mike on the 18th-hole, driving a Callaway instead of a Cruisers! 04AUG15

Captain Mike on the 18th-hole, driving a Callaway instead of a Cruisers! 04AUG15

The Choptank River Cruise's paddle-wheel lands at the Rivermarsh Marina's gazebo in the evening, it starts up in Hurlock at the Suicide Bridge Restaurant.  04AUG15

The Choptank River Cruise’s paddle-wheel lands at the Rivermarsh Marina’s gazebo in the evening, it starts up in Hurlock at the Suicide Bridge Restaurant. 04AUG15

The Admiral looking unusually relaxed in the Hyatt's infinity pool following her spa-day! Tuesday 04AUG15

The Admiral looking unusually relaxed in the Hyatt’s infinity pool following her spa-day! Tuesday 04AUG15

More relaxing pool-side for the Admiral, 04AUG15

More relaxing pool-side for the Admiral, 04AUG15

The Admiral on our way to dinner Tuesday evening, 04AUG15

The Admiral on our way to dinner Tuesday evening, 04AUG15

Growing a little more overcast after dinner, looked like something was headed our way, 04AUG15

Growing a little more overcast after dinner, looked like something was headed our way, 04AUG15

Tuesday 04AUG15 Tweet

Tuesday 04AUG15 Tweet

Sunrise over the Choptank, an Ocean Yachts is still asleep as Christina's Captain prepares for another round at River Marsh! 05AUG15

Sunrise over the Choptank, an Ocean Yachts is still asleep as Christina’s Captain prepares for another round at River Marsh! 05AUG15

... and another sunrise shot.  Red skies at morn... 05AUG15

… and another sunrise shot. Red skies at morn… 05AUG15

Still early on the Wednesday August 5th, the Sanford and Son baggage litters the docks!

Still early on the Wednesday August 5th, the Sanford and Son baggage litters the docks!

The Admiral's brother and nieces came over to Cambridge to spend the day with us; the Captain's Bro-in-Law drops a putt in celebration! 05AUG15

The Admiral’s brother and nieces came over to Cambridge to spend the day with us; the Captain’s Bro-in-Law drops a putt in celebration! 05AUG15

The Captain and Bro-in-Law almost feel guilty about playing golf on such a spectacular day... I said almost... 05AUG15

The Captain and Bro-in-Law almost feel guilty about playing golf on such a spectacular day… I said almost… 05AUG15

Wednesday 05AUG15 early Tweet

Wednesday 05AUG15 early Tweet

The nieces enjoying a little pool-time while the boyz golfed... 05AUG15

The nieces enjoying a little pool-time while the boyz golfed… 05AUG15

Definitely the best part of our trip, we took a family cruise up into Hurlock MD to go to the Suicide Bridge Restaurant.  Awesome food, awesome view, here's a few of us at the Restaurant's dock, 05AUG15

Definitely the best part of our trip, we took a family cruise up into Hurlock MD to go to the Suicide Bridge Restaurant. Awesome food, awesome view, here’s a few of us at the Restaurant’s dock, 05AUG15

Love, love, love these kids... re-enacting a photo from several years earlier at the restaurant's docks.  05AUG15

Love, love, love these kids… re-enacting a photo from several years earlier at the restaurant’s docks. 05AUG15

Happiness is... cruising in the evening aboard the Christina Rose! 05AUG15

Happiness is… cruising in the evening aboard the Christina Rose! 05AUG15

The girls enjoying a perfect evening on the Choptank while underway, 05AUG15

The girls enjoying a perfect evening on the Choptank while underway, 05AUG15

14.9nm later, our cruise from Cambridge to Hurlock and back nears the end.  If you look carefully, you'll see the Hyatt Chesapeake between both girls.  Perfect end to a perfect day with family... 05AUG15

14.9nm later, our cruise from Cambridge to Hurlock and back nears the end. If you look carefully, you’ll see the Hyatt Chesapeake between both girls. Perfect end to a perfect day with family… 05AUG15

Wednesday 05AUG15 evening Tweet

Wednesday 05AUG15 evening Tweet

Nerd-selfie at one of the Hyatt's picture locations taken during one of our bike rides into Cambridge.  We decided to get away from the boat for the day; Cambridge is relatively easy to bike around... 06AUG15

Nerd-selfie at one of the Hyatt’s picture locations taken during one of our bike rides into Cambridge. We decided to get away from the boat for the day; Cambridge is relatively easy to bike around… 06AUG15

Thursday August 6th's Tweet, highlighting biking, movies, billiards, and bowling on another perfect day in Cambridge, MD

Thursday August 6th’s Tweet, highlighting biking, movies, billiards, and bowling on another perfect day in Cambridge, MD

The weather turned sour Friday morning as another boat came into the slip next to us, stealing what little spotlight we had!  07AUG15

The weather turned sour Friday morning as another boat came into the slip next to us, stealing what little spotlight we had! 07AUG15

The First and Second Mates play on the Rivermarsh Marina's outer (floating) breakwall.  Though a less-fair day than the rest, it's still great to be on the water.  07AUG15

The First and Second Mates play on the Rivermarsh Marina’s outer (floating) breakwall. Though a less-fair day than the rest, it’s still great to be on the water. 07AUG15

The First Mate holding-up the Hyatt, 07AUG15

The First Mate holding-up the Hyatt, 07AUG15

One of the really interesting coincidences to our entire trip was meeting the original owners of Tranquility Base, I mean Christina Rose.  John and Judy are aboard Zimmerang.  Their loss is our gain!  Very nice people.  07AUG15

One of the really interesting coincidences to our entire trip was meeting the original owners of Tranquility Base, I mean Christina Rose. John and Judy are aboard Zimmerang. Their loss is our gain! Very nice people. 07AUG15

A plan-B weather day, the Admiral and First Mate play Monopoly aboard the Rose.  First Mate won (he always wins), mid-day Tweet 07AUG15

A plan-B weather day, the Admiral and First Mate play Monopoly aboard the Rose. First Mate won (he always wins), mid-day Tweet 07AUG15

The First Mate finishes the day like all the other nights, at the Hyatt's "Dive-In" movie, Friday evening Tweet 07AUG15

The First Mate finishes the day like all the other nights, at the Hyatt’s “Dive-In” movie, Friday evening Tweet 07AUG15

Saturday morning brought clearer weather, just perfect for our planned departure.  A view of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake from the end of our dock, 08AUG15

Saturday morning brought clearer weather, just perfect for our planned departure. A view of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake from the end of our dock, 08AUG15

A look back at the Rivermarsh Marina's fuel dock, as a large cruiser tries to land. 08AUG15

A look back at the Rivermarsh Marina’s fuel dock, as a large cruiser tries to land. 08AUG15

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VIDEO BELOW of our trip from Chester to Cambridge, MD, and back. The way down to Cambridge on August 3rd was a little bumpy, but our way back on August 9th was near-perfect… right up to the moment the MAYDAY came over the radio for a lost sailor under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. We were the 2nd-boat on-scene, and spent over 40-minutes searching (unsuccessfully)…

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Christina was thirsty on returning to her marina, our week-long adventure was well-worth the price of admission! 09AUG15

Christina was thirsty on returning to her marina, our week-long adventure was well-worth the price of admission! 09AUG15

Our cruising tracks over our week-long excursion, 107nm total under-keel... the Chesapeake is an awesome place to boat

Our cruising tracks over our week-long excursion, 107nm total under-keel… the Chesapeake is an awesome place to boat

107nm over 6-days 5-hours and 45-minutes, reaching a maximum of 27-knots on the way to the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake in Cambridge, up the Choptank and Cabin Creek to the Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Hurlock, then all the way back home. 152.3 gallons of gas consumed over those 107nm, working out to only 0.72nm/gal (0.81MPG)!! Pretty-much the most-perfect week spent aboard the Christina Rose to-date, and not a single mechanical issue the entire time… just awesome all the way around. Happy Wakes! Feel free to drop me a note anytime, ChristinaRose@edickent.com

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