► Kalmer Nyckel: June 23, 2012

Saturday 23 June 2012
Journey: Triple L Estate – Waterman’s Wharf, Solomons Island – Patuxent River – Triple L Estate –   Patuxent River – Triple L Estate – Jefferson Patterson Park Beach, St. Leonard’s Creek – Triple L Estate
Time: 9:45 am – 11:30 am, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Vessel: 18’ Simmons Sea Skiff replica
Lori and I went out to watch the Kalmer Nyckel under sail. They had not left the dock when we arrived so we hovered and waited until they departed. It lost some appeal when you hear them start the engines, that’s not how they would have, or could have, done it in days gone by. So much for an authentic experience. An interesting aspect – although it appeared as though they had side thrusters for use to push off, the thrusters sat towards the stern of the boat. A small rubber duckie circled around the ship and pushed up against the bow, open throttle, in order to nose the Kalmer Nyckle in the proper direction.
We followed it out into the river waiting for them to drop the sails. We waited and waited and followed for quite a while but they only dropped a few small sails. Lori, having not had any breakfast, was quite hungry. I told her I’d take her home to eat and I could come back without her.  We arrived home to no electricity … good thing we already had a boat in the water. While at home we added another five gallons of fuel, just to top it up.
I went back out to the Patuxent to see the Kalmer Nyckel under full sail. Once I made it under the bridge, I noticed that the Kalmer Nyckel not only had no sails lofted but appeared to be headed back to Solomons. I decided to turn around and go home.
We then packed up a cooler of water and various drinks, got Sophie on board, and headed for the beach area at the north side of St. Leonards Creek opening. We arrived slightly before two and were joined by Kari, Jeff and Henry. The two dogs had a great time together. We hung out on the beach for quite a while. At one point some people come up and said their boat, which had been tied on the river shore, and gotten loose and now floated in the river. He asked Jeff for a ride out to get his boat. No problem.
As we hung out, Kari told us that the beach belonged to Jefferson Patterson Park. I was happy to hear that rather than think I may be encroaching on private land. At 4:30 or so we headed to our house. On the way home the River Kween slugged along. I couldn’t get it past 4500 RPM. I don’t know why. We decided to take Jeff and Kari’s rubber duckie out to see the Kalmer Nyckel due to the River Kween slugging along so slowly. Kari feared the rubber duckie would be too small and an uncomfortable ride. Lori and I thought it rode just fine.
We then returned home, helped Jeff pump up the port stern pontoon portion of the duckie which had a failing patch job. Once they had gotten some air they took off for home.

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