Our friend and neighbor, David, bought and fell in love with a sailboat that he keeps docked in Annapolis. He’s spent countless hours and unspecified dollars in resurrecting the boat. We’ve often talked of it and the joy it brings him, and he’s invited us to go out for a sail with him many times.
We finally made that happen, and it was fantastic.
David brilliantly invited along another couple, David and Natalie, who have extensive sailing experience. After seeing how much is involved in sailing the 34-foot craft, I was grateful to be able to watch and enjoy the sun and the children and the beauty of the day.
The dock leading to “Chevere,” which will be renamed “The Southern Cross.”
Her name currently.
Kora is ready to greet us.
We got to the marina around 11 a.m., the plan being to sail out to a restaurant for lunch, then back home, making for a pleasant outing. The weather was perfect; a little crisp, and sunny.
Crew Member #1: Natalie
We learned over lunch that Natalie is a researcher studying the markers of climate change. We also learned that she’s a fantastic sailor. She’s the one who took the helm for the first part of the trip, and once things had settled down, it was amazing as she would count down to when a gust would buffet the boat. The outbound trip was calm by water-seasoned folks standards, though tippy for landlubbers. Natalie was calm and made it fun even as the boat tilted sideways.
Natalie’s Mate: David, was Mate #2.
South African David
David with “lifeguard” lips.
And, our David:
We went out under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, then headed back for home. The tide was too low for the float up restaurant, so we ended up at a cute pub back on dry land, and that was an excellent ending to the day.
For the nautical set, we used the spinnaker, which was beautiful. The ride home was amazingly smooth compared to the trip out. I was able to relax on the trip home, and Buds and the kids went up on the top of the boat to enjoy the unrestricted view.
The spinnaker peaking around another sail.
Buds got to captain the boat for much of the trip back…that’s how smooth it was. He received several compliments about his natural feel for the boat.
He wondered why the steering wheel wasn’t fur lined to keep his hands warm.
Captain and First Mate
It was brisk on the water if you were in the wind and not in the sun. Mom had on many layers.
Snuggled up to Grandma.
So many lines and riggings and sails
Looking up at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Yessa out on the boat front.
Me and my buddy Kora
All the kids loved being on the boat.
Below deck lounging and playing games.
The kids created a sumo wrestler game that brought much laughter from below deck when they bounced off each other wearing their life jackets.
Below deck buddies
Another cool kid
Kids up front.
I’m taking pictures to mask my anxiety about this climbing all over.
Sailors in the making.
A happy pair.
Kora play time.
David steers us in like a boss.
Buddie in charge
Mom all bundled up.
Waiting for the adults to tie up the boat.
Now that we’ve had a taste of the sailing life, we will jump at the chance to go out again. It was absolutely glorious. Thanks, David!