the Chesapeake Bay Wayfarer Cruise 2007
Crisfield - Smith Is. - Tangier Is. - Watts Is. - Crisfield
Wednesday 30 May - 2
photos mostly by Alan Asselstine and Uncle Al
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Half-way across to Smith, this tug  (l) pulling a barge gave us a warning beep, but ...
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... we were clearing him by quite a large margin. It was a real revelation to me that even in these light winds, we Wayfarers were mostly doing close to 5 knots if our GPS was to be believed. The GPS also made navigational life a lot easier towards the virtually featureless low, green shore of Smith Island. In the event, by following the GPS' arrow we arrived right where I had chosen the waypoint to be, just off the eastern end of the Thorofare via a shortcut across shallows not available to deeper-draught craft.
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Someone was already at our waypoint, hard at work, but ...
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... getting set to ...
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... depart. This was ...
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... the only building we saw on the north half of Smith Island.
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Our flotilla soon followed us into ...
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... the Thorofare where ... - click here to see full-size pic
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... the wind - like last year - blew right down its middle, giving us a very useful run. Apart from the narrow channel which winds through its middle, the Thorofare is extremely shallow, and the Wayfarer's ability to sail in less than a foot of water with rudder and board up comes in quite handy. For the next while, Hans and I sailed along with Richard and Alan (above) and ...
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... enjoyed ...
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... the ...
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... unique ...
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... scenery.
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Already looking much more relaxed in ...
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... his Wayfarer is ...
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... our new intrepid mariner, Richard Watterson.
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Pretty shore but as mentioned, not much in the way of obvious landmarks to navigate by - click here to see full-size pic
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With the Eastern Shore and Crisfield astern on the horizon, the Wayfarer flotilla ...
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... enters the Big Thorofare.
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