Dick Harrington Takes the Wayfarers Cruising on Chesapeake Bay:
Crisfield - Smith Island - Tangier Island - Crisfield
Wednesday 1 June: Crisfield to Smith Island - 2
pics by Dick Harrington, Richard Watterson and Uncle Al
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Luckily for us, a nice 4 to 6 knots of SSW breeze soon sprang up and carried us comfortably towards Smith. How nice to a be in a Wayfarer where we could ignore the channel (see our track in red) and simply let our centreboard hitting the sandy bottom tell us when things were getting a bit too shallow.
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By 1245 hrs, we were running up the middle of the Big Thorofare towards the town of Ewell. It looks quite roomy but is less than knee-deep in most places!!
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Commodore Harrington and Richard lead the way ...
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... intrepidly...
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... with Tony and Mary ...
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... close behind ...
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... in perfect ...
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... cruise ...
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... mode.
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C'est la vie!!!
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The only work done was trying to figure out whether or not to wing the jib.

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Eeek! Uncle Al has forgotten to put his shirt back on after taking it off to get a better feel where the earlier, almost non-existent wind was coming from.
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Al and Hans decided to borrow Tony's old mainsail to avoid having to use the W2526 mainsail which has slides that need to be inserted into the mast groove.
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A brief attempt at using the jib stick was abandoned when the stick proved to be too short.
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Blue Mist ...
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... is in ...
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... her element!
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Trimmed for speed with the weight ...
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... amidships.
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An old abandoned-looking house seems ...
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... popular with ...
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... the local bird-life which remains relaxed as ...
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... three Wayfarers ghost on by.
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We could afford to sail outside the channel whenever the ...
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... motor boats needed to pass.
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Note how the tour boat's wake is breaking as it hits the shallower water!
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Tours to Smith and Tangier run regularly out of ports on both ...
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... the Eastern and Western shores ...
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... of Chesapeake Bay.
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Again, notice the wake breaking where the water is barely a foot deep!
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Tony and Dick wisely give way as they meet ...
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... a car ferry?
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