2359 – Wednesday 1 June 2011 (UTC -4)
We started with an early morning walk before the
temperature climbed and had an interesting wander around Galesville. It
seems community that is suffering from the great recession and there were a
great number of houses for sale and closed small businesses. On our
return to the waterfront we encountered this specimen – Jane another one
to be identified please.
It being Celia’s birthday we delivered a card
and small present – well done the Mate. It was then a careful
extraction from our berth and a 21 mile sail across the Bay to the eastern
shore and Shaw Bay
on the Wye River.
The sail was really good after a number of days of
virtually no wind and Caduceus romped along in 15 knots with no sea.
Getting into the Wye
River involved a
swatchway, beloved of East Coast (UK) sailors, to save an additional 2
had been there ahead of us and assured us that there was 11 feet of water
(whatever they are). We draw somewhat more than they do but it seems OK,
which it was; however we got down to 50cms under the keel which was interesting
for a time. We are assured that the bottom throughout the Bay is soft
mud, very soft and glutinous, so a soft landing if one occurs is likely.
We have also taken the precaution of joining Tow Boat USA, a get you off the mud and home
service. Today it was not required.
Shaw Bay is a large anchorage, very suitable for a gathering. As we
were to form the platform for the party, Alice and we demonstrated, with a
little trial and error, an interesting manoeuvre and both dropped anchors and
The afternoon saw some vigorous thunderstorms but they
appeared to pass down the western shore and missed us.
Rebecca produced the food and drink in very generous quantities and a very good
time was had by all.
Elizabeth made a chocolate birthday cake for Celia and I piped Happy
Birthday. There are no catering notes for his evening as no further
catering was necessary and the last guests departed by dinghy well after dark.