Saturday 18th June 2011
Distance run: 67 nmiles
We woke around 0530 on Friday 17th,slightly later than planned, but having been up for part of the night neither of us heard the alarm. The storms had passed through and all was calm,but the skies were grey and overcast. We raised the anchor and motored back into the Potomac river. It was more interesting now as it was narrower and there was more to see on both banks. We motored past vast houses the size of hotels, Quantico, Fort Washington and were so excited to be passing under the Woodrow Wilson Memorial bridge that Steve had to ring someone to tell them! He rang Martin & Trudy who are currently living and working in Washington, and said we would ring again the next day to arrange to meet up.
Passing Fort Washington. Approaching the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, WashingtonDC.
We found our way to Washington Channel and dropped the anchor. As we were sitting on deck having a 'safe arrival' beer, a chap in a rib stopped by to tell us the yacht club were serving supper at 1900 at $8 a head and we were welcome to go. The yacht club facilities and its secure dinghy dock are available to boats at anchor for $15 per boat a day and we were made extremely welcome by the vice-commodore. By 1915 we had showered and were tucking into supper. We were given a tour of the clubhouse which is open 0800 - 2200 every day, has a lounge with TV, bar, kitchen facilities we can use, free coffee/soft drinks during the day, computer & free wifi, showers & loos, washing machines & driers(open 24 hours). And it's all air-conditioned which is good news in the very hot weather right now! We think we will be making good use of these facilities!
The Capital Yacht Club.