Most of the boat owners who participate in the annual rendezvous live in the Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Virginia, area and arrive at the host marina on Friday. If the weather is nice, they sail in, or if the weather makes the trip difficult, or the boat has some problems, they may drive to the site. But on Friday evening, we gathered at the wonderful porch at Dozier’s Marina, bringing chips and dip, finger foods, soft drinks, and wine to share while we catch up on each others’ lives for the past year.
Every year we do a shakedown cruise before going off on an extended trip. It is a chance to make sure all the systems work and that we have everything on board that was taken off when the boat was put away for the winter. For example, the past two years we discovered on the shakedown cruise that our bed pillows were still on the guest bed at home, disguised as a permanent fixture. Other times we have forgotten such necessary items as matches for lighting the stove and a can opener. And no one wants to discover in the middle of the Bay that the plumbing doesn’t work right!
Whenever I go out on our sailboat, Cay of Sea, I take along a sketchbook and my pens and pencils. I try to find something different to draw, something special about each voyage out on the Chesapeake Bay. It is now the end of June, and we put the boat back in the water some time in April, so I have some catching up to do.
Another glimpse of our cruising days for you. Each time we go out I am concerned that I won’t find something different to sketch in my journal but my concerns haven’t been realized yet!
If you’d like a different perspective, here’s my husband’s post about this trip.
We do check the weather before we go sailing. Because it is summertime, the report often includes a possibility of thunderstorms: smaller, unpredictable storms brought on by the heat and moisture, “pop-up storms”. Such was the weather prediction before we went on this overnight cruise.
I hope that you are enjoying reading about our travels as much as I am enjoying making this book!