Annapolis – pt 2.

We ended up spending a week in Annapolis and it flew by.

After the excitement of Worthless Wench dragging and a nervous day spent on board on anchor watch, the weather calmed on Thursday and we got into boat show and social mode.

First was the Caribbean 1500 reunion dinner on Thursday. We arrived by dinghy and enjoyed barbecue, beer, and companionship with about 200 other Caribbean 1500 veterans and current participants, including folks from a few other kid boats that are doing the rally this year – Stolen Hour, Shining Time, and Chausseur. Almost immediately, all the kids had bonded and were having a ball on the lawn whilst the parents were able to socialize and get to know each other.

Around 2000, I got a call from Discovery (friends of ours from Toronto who are also Caribbean bound) that they were approaching Back Creek and would appreciate some guidance getting into the anchorage in the dark. I hopped in the dinghy, dropped Kathleen back on Bojangles, left the kids on shore with Shining Time, and then motored out to the mouth of the creek to wait for Discovery.

We hadn’t seen Discovery since they pulled out of Port Credit in early July, so this would be a good and long awaited reunion. I sat in the darkness in my dinghy until I saw a boat resembling Discovery and called them on the radio. I guided them into the harbour with my 2,000,000 candle power flash light and then led them up the creek to our boat.

Along the creek, we ran into the tenders of Shining Time (with Kilgour kids aboard) and Stolen Hour who proceeded to give a warm welcome and escort to Discovery as she rafted alongside Bojangles. Having not seen the Discovery crew for a few months, it was a late night of catching up and devouring scotch on Bojangles.

Friday was the first day of the boat show, and with temperatures in the 80’s, we hit the docks around 11:00 and simply enjoyed seeing all the latest and greatest stuff in the sailing world. Then Colin met up with a couple of his “C&C email buddies” for drinks. Bill Coleman from Erie PA and Dennis Cheuvront from New Orleans LA met for a couple of drinks and to share our sailing fraternity.

Saurday was more boat showing – this time with credit card in hand. Around 3pm, Colin ran out of money and met one of his clients from Toronto for drinks at the Pusser’s bar. Then at 5pm, he was met by Tony and Deb from Mimico who were going to come to Bojangles for a drink. (Tony also brought down a few key supplies from Toronto – A new Canadian ensign, a Sher-wood flagpole, and of course, some Kraft peanut butter. Thanks Tony!)

Sunday was our tourist day and we rented a car to drive to DC for the day. We parked at the Capitol and meandered the length of the Mall, taking in all the key sights, including the Smithsonian (Air and Space), the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and of course, The White House. We then drove out to the DC suburbs to visit with my cousin Maggie from Scotland whom I haven’t seen in 18 years. We had a great visit and dinner with her and her family. Our kids were thrilled to meet new 2nd cousins and I was happy to re-connect with Maggie. (And Kathleen was happy to take tea making lessons from Maggie). Hopefully, there won’t be as long a break until our next visit.

Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving, and while we were in the US, we continued to celebrate. Discovery, also from Toronto, was going to host and we had two additional boats participating – Bojangles of course, and Stolen Hour from Maine (not quite Canada, but pretty close). Anyway, with all boats contributing, we had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner for 14 complete with chicken (turkey is too big for onboard ovens), stuffing, potatoes, gravy, etc… A good time was had by all.

By Tuesday, it was time to leave Annapolis. The boat show was over, we had done all we had hoped to do there, and it was time to move on…. So we pulled anchor around midday and headed across to St. Michael’s – on the eastern part of the Bay.

Cheers,
Colin

One Response to “Annapolis – pt 2.”

  1. owen says:

    hi mitchcell, your pictures are awesome wish i was there. have a great time in the carrabien.looking forward to talking to you in the future

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