To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Happy Birthday Sail

Boats at Anchor
Boats at Anchor

Overnight in the Rhode River.

Here's where we anchored.

There's a big open creek with a bunch of low islands. Very salt-marsh. Many other boats because it's very pretty and accessible.

It's a few hours south of Annapolis. A few hours north of Herrington Harbour.

Here's something we saw in the bay.

Schooner-Rigged Ship
Schooner-Rigged Ship

That's some classic schooner. It's hard to tell from the picture, but it's maybe 47′ or 50′ in length.

Often, schooners that are still working are 80′ or over. The Spirit of Virginia in Norfolk is big.

This was small enough that it didn't require a big professional crew to raise and lower the heavy gaff-rigged sails.

Interestingly (to me) she was slow. We blasted by her wondering why she wasn't moving. That's an odd thing to feel in Red Ranger. We have a ploddingly slow boat. We know that and actually kind of like it.

When it was blowing 12 to 15, we made 6 knots and were happy. We might have been able to squeeze 7 knots of out her, but that means a steeper angle of heel and pulling out the mainsail. I don't like to spill the olives from my martini, so we try to avoid heeling.

As the wind died, so did our speed. When we crossed paths with the schooner, we were barely doing 4 knots. We really should have shaken out the mains'l. But. We were on our final tack into Herring Bay and there was no reason for any more speed.