ANNAPOLIS SOUTH to DELTAVILLE, 37:32.60N 76:20.00W
Restless of Auckland
Roland and Consie Lennox-King
Fri 5 Oct 2018 22:52
We were anxious about Super-Typhoon Mangkhut, the worst ever to hit Hong Kong, and hoped friends and relatives were all safe. Amazingly, there were NO deaths, although there was enormous damage. Luckily Olivia and Shenton’s boat ‘Alegria’ was fine, often more damage is done by other boats breaking free and crashing into land or boats.
From Annapolis we went to Gibson Island, and anchored in peace by a beautiful horse farm. Unfortunately, Liz and Trevor had word that their cat ‘Sherpa’ was unwell, and their son Stuart went to look after him. From Gibson Island we went to Mill Creek, near Annapolis, and went for seafood dinner at Cantler’s Restaurant. There we were astonished to see a couple eat a whole tray of about 30 hand-sized crabs. ‘All you can eat’ really means it.
19.9 We SAILED (not much sailing this year) 27 nmiles to St Michael’s, famous for tricking the British into attacking a forest by hanging lights in the trees to make the forest look like a town. There is a screwpile lighthouse and museum with a pretty town, we had 2 nights there, and a hilarious evening at Limoncello’s Italian restaurant.
21.9 it rained as we motored to Galesville, we had spent time here 14 years ago when we met Rhonda and John. The next day we motored 4.5 nmiles to another peaceful anchorage, where Ann and Rich came for a drink - or two, bringing Pappy van Winkle, a 15 year old Bourbon, which was soon finished up.
23.9 we motored 14.5nmiles in rain to Annapolis, to drop off Liz and Trevor, to return to NZ, and we used the harbormaster’s laundry.
24.9 we motored 4nmiles in the rain to nearby Clements Creek, where our friends Carol and John had a lovely dinner party for us, and the next day Carol drove Consie around lovely Sherwood Forest, and to a Trader Joe’s supermarket, and later a Ladies Lunch with her friend Barbara. That evening Carol and John came for a Chinese dinner aboard, and the next day we left, heading south.
From there we went to the Rhode River, and south to Solomon’s Island, St Johns Creek, and south to St Mary’s Cove.
29.9 we had a great welcome at artist Peter Egeli and his wife Stu’s lovely home in St Mary’s Creek, historic first capital of Maryland. We had a lovely dinner and enjoyed their wonderful art collection, and Peter took Consie for a ride in his beautiful restored vintage Rolls Royce. We were sorry to say goodbye, but it is time for Restless to go to her winter home in Deltaville. We stopped for a night in the Coan River, at the entrance to the huge Potomac River, another night in Mill Creek, off the Wicomico River, and then returned to Deltaville Boatyard, having done 2,000nmiles this short season, of 3 months.
We got the sails off with rain threatening. Then we rented a car, and Keir and Roland drove Consie to the train in Williamsburg, to spend a week in Washington with cousin Caroline and her husband Duncan. Roland and Keir will put Restless away for the winter, haul out on 8 Oct, and Roland will drive Keir to Reagan airport, and then visit with Caroline and Duncan.
We will fly to London and stay with Gilbert, Pip and Emmeline for grandson Frederick’s first birthday, and then spend a few days in Hong Kong with Olivia and Shenton, before returning to New Zealand, our 14th year aboard is now finished. Another summer in New Zealand begins.