To Annapolis - 15-21st June 2011
We contacted Herrington Marina North from the anchorage in Herring Bay to ask if it would be okay to bring Nimue into the marina and have a look around the boatyard? Within moments of tying up, we immediately had good vibes about the place. It was professional, clean, good facilities and the staff were really knowledgeable and friendly. So without much ado we completed a provisional lift out booking form and then sailed a further 15 miles north to Annapolis.
Is the travel hoist big enough for Nimue? = YES
Are there good facilities? = YES
..... and a swimming pool, a nice added bonus!
Thomas Point Light (a National Historic Landmark) marking entrance to Annapolis
We anchored in the Severn River, nearby Loon and just outside the US Naval Academy. We dropped Merlin (dinghy) into the water and set off to find Kenny in town. He was due to leave the following day, as he was taking Loon back up to Boston with a mate for the Summer. It was also Sarah’s last day, so we said our farewells to everyone and set out exploring the delights of Annapolis; America’s Sailing Capital!
Bye Bye Kenny – hope to see you sometime soon?
Our visit to the US Naval Academy campus and museum was most interesting and informative. It was a well set out venue and one we will most definitely return to (see next blog for photos). We also managed to get tickets for the Summer Garden Theatre where Chicago, the musical was being performed. We wondered why folk were concerned about the weather and only realised the reason why, once we had sat down. It was virtually (90%) an open air theatre, so when it rains (which it did for 5 or 10 mins), the play stops and a natural interval occurs. We gathered that many of the actors had worked on Broadway, so it was an excellent production and only U$ 18 per person too!
In Annapolis, near the docks we came across the following bronze’s
Alex Hayley (Roots) shares heritage stories with children of diverse ethnic groups.
The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
Some good musicals being performed over the summer
As you can see, it really is open air!
View from another anchorage we stayed at in Back Creek
Cute - Mother and daughter (or maybe son)!
We ended up staying in Annapolis for a week, which also enabled us to get some quotes for a new stainless steel arch for Nimue and the new batteries checked, as they didn’t appear to be performing that well.
We also made preparations for our next big destination – New York!