Four days with nowhere to be but the water. Four days to get past the mouth of the Potomac River, into the Chesapeake Bay and back home again. Or so we thought. So close the mouth of the river and yet so far to go before dark.
After experimenting unsuccessfully with navigation equipment and a paper chart in the morning, after braving the elements with a u-turn to make it to a marina before dark, and after sailing past crab pots and the cutest little oyster farm this side of the Chesapeake Bay, we found ourselves out of the wind and waves at Tall Timbers Marina and performing an exercise in strategic high-winds docking.
A line handler met us on the dock and helped secure our lines, no small task with no cleats on the dock. As I was tightening the bow lines Charles noticed our aft line was completely undone and we were being pushed away from the dock by the wind. I quickly released the bow line while Charles started the diesel. With the line handler back in the warmth of the restaurant and no cleats on the dock, I’d have to jump onto the dock and secure us to the posts while Charles fought against the wind with the diesel. Two passes later and I was still unsuccessfully trying to leap onto the dock. We were saved by a liveaboard from a wooden sailboat on our third pass, and only one sailing glove was lost in the process.
With lines secured and shore power on, Chiron was ready to spend the night at the dock and we headed into the restaurant to see Rick, the owner. Rick introduced us to everyone seated at the bar as the ones with the cat on the fuel dock. I love being identified as the ones with the catamaran!
Charles and I sat next to the most interesting man in the marina, an expert in historical wreck diving. Charles shared old navy tales with him through a perfect fresh farmed oyster dinner, alternating with jokes and good conversation from Rick. Everyone’s family at Tall Timbers. With full bellies and a bargain in transient slip rental fees, we left with the coveted Member’s Only key to the showers and called it a night.
Tall Timbers Marina- for a good time, call… http://www.talltimbersmarinasomd.com/
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