We had a really gentle sail down the bay in light winds but it was great to get a sail in after so long in the marina. We took a buoy in Spa Creek right in downtown Annapolis, which was a whole lot quieter than when we were last here for the sailboat show. Supertramp had been here a few days in the other creek so we walked over to spy on the newly 'wrapped' Tramp tucked in amongst the gazillion boats that line Back Creek - she looked great. We met up for dinner with Steve and Fi and had a few too many wines while enjoying trick or treating kids walk the local neighbourhood.
Beyond the sailing yachts, Annapolis is a pretty and quaint town with narrow streets and clapperboard cottages that date back to the 1600s. Theres a huge amount of administrative buildings that stretch out from the State circle at the tops of town. Annapolis was even the nations capital for a short period from 1783 to 1784.
We were fortunate enough to have a good friend here from Andrew's days at Austal - Vice Admiral Earner treated us to a tour of the Naval Academy, the town, and a fantastic dinner at his home. What a treat to get such a personalised tour from such a knowledgable host.
|Naval Academy Chapel|
|Alumni Hall - mainly houses sports tournaments and reunions|
|Bancroft Hall, Rotunda entrance - the residence where all 4,000 Midshipmen live on Campus|
|Part of the displays in Memorial Hall|
|A Midshipmen's room in Bancroft Hall|
|Tomb of John Paul Jones, a Scotsman who is considered father of the US Navy|
|The Superintendent's House - all decked out for Halloween|
After a great couple of days we decided to head down the bay, Supertramp joined us along the way and then Andrew had a changed of plan..... the tide and weather looked good to head around Cape Hatteress with two nights at sea to Beaufort, North Carolina - why not go for it?? The Tramps decided to come too, so both yachts headed out into the Atlantic under a full moon for a lovely calm trip south, arriving at dawn on Saturday morning.
|The new posh looking Tramps on the Chesapeake|
|Askari under a full moon leaving the Chesapeake Bay|
|We sailed a bit but mostly it was a motor with great current|
|The clouds show the gulf stream just 10 miles away where the current is going the other way at 5 kts. |
The sea temperature got up to 25.9 degrees C
|Beautiful sunset off Cape Hatteres|
|Strong currents at the entrance to the harbour Beaufort, NC|
|Heading into Town Creek - Shrimp Boats galore|
|Beaufort, NC - waterfront|
|Andrew helping Steve service a winch before the party|
|Us with PO Dianne|
|Pirate City fun|
|The next morning after a year of hanging out with these guys they set sail for Bermuda - we'll miss you guys!|