Position 38:47.44N 076:12.79W
Date 2359 – Thursday 2 June 2011
Yesterday we anchored and rafted up with Alice who
also had an anchor down. We should of course split up after the party and
anchored separately, but we did not. During the night a wind shift of 180
degrees meant that we had crossed anchor chains. We had both buoyed our
anchors which gave a clue as to what had happened on the sea bed. Having
realised that our anchor buoy line was trapped by Alice’s
anchor chain and with some help from Bob Dall from Mawari we freed our buoy
line and were able to drop astern whilst Alice
took her anchor up without further problem. Relief!, especially under the
scrutiny of the other yachts.
A short, brisk sail took us to the very attractive
town of St Michaels
and an anchorage outside the harbour. St Michaels is one of the major sailing
centres on the east coast of the Chesapeake and
the home to the largest marine museum on the Chesapeake. In the afternoon we had a guided
tour of the museum. The focal point is this preserved fog bell tower and
Preservation of Chesapeake Skipjacks, formerly used
for crab and oyster dredging as been a major objective. It is difficult to
imagine this ruin:
Being reconstructed into this:
But they do achieve it.
In the evening we gathered in the St Michaels Crab and
Steak House for a Rally dinner.
Elizabeth had her first tasting of Chesapeake
soft crab. I at last managed to get my first American steak. It was another
excellent evening in good company.