► Runnin’ the Potomac: September 27, 2014


Journey: Kinsale, VA – Dennis Point Marina, MD – Kinsale, VA – Bayside Marina, Colonial Beach, VA

9310 marinaWe departed Kinsale around 11:20 am to cross the Potomac River for lunch at Dennis Point Marina. It took about half an hour to get from Kinsale to St. Mary’s River. As we approached Cartagena Creek we passed two different Coast Guard boats. I expected to be boarded until Bill commented that there was a Coast Guard base nearby. It looked as though they were training and we passed by without incidence.9323 elevator9326 coast guard

Bill pointed out an area between St. George’s Island and Cartegena Creek where he and Connie had anchored in the past. On their sailboat the journey took about six hours rather than the thirty minutes it took us. When we arrived at the marina Bill thanked us for introducing them to the post 9376 isismarina. They had no idea the marina was tucked around the corner, so close to where they had anchored.

I’m sure we will come over to the Potomac again and actually spending a night here. They have a nice pool and a decent restaurant. We had a lovely lunch and returned Bill and Connie to Kinsale around 2:00 pm. We left Kinsale at about 2:10 pm.

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9441 miss annWe had a nice ride up the Potomac River and entered Colonial Beach’s Monroe Bay at 3:30 pm. About ten minutes later we arrived at Bayside Marina for our evening’s accommodation. Lori had been emailing back and forth with the dockmaster for our assigned slip. Since he was not in town, thanks to it being a slow and quiet weekend, he left us his golf cart to use. VERY 9447 oyster buyboatgenerous of him.

Finding our slip did not take long, however we again had a tight turning radius to get into our slip. If the vessels facing us had been any longer it would have been extremely problematic. As usual, we did a fine job. As we sat to enjoy a relaxing beer for our reward, we ended up with a show. A post 9496 shed26 foot Maxxum cruiser need to be towed to the public ramp. A small, older Sea Ray came to assist.

I’m glad we had stayed on the boat as, otherwise, I’m not sure they would have been as careful at avoiding our boat. After our rest, we took the golf cart out for a tour of the waterfront – both Monroe Bay and post 9531 tablethe Potomac River. We had to figure out how to best situate Sophie for the ride. She’s not familiar with riding in a golf cart at our feet. We stopped at Dockside Marina which also has a nice Tiki Bar. We were happy to see it was very dog friendly.

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9534 shark sign9628 neighborhood watch golf cart9568 houseI actually enjoyed riding around the area. Unfortunately, we had arrived too late in the day to fully enjoy the shops. Colonial Beach is outrageously golf cart oriented. We saw one family cruising along with a baby in a car seat, and another cart for neighborhood watch. Even the police have golf carts.

For dinner we ate at the marina’s restaurant called The Lighthouse. I loved the menu as it had a Thai flair; very refreshing to have a waterside restaurant with a menu that isn’t focused almost entirely on seafood. During dinner we left Sophie on the boat. Keeping the pass through door closed prevented her from even attempting to jump off the boat. She’s becoming quite skilled at jumping on and off without much coaxing or assistance. After dinner Lori went up to the marina’s club house to watch TV while I went to read on the boat.

Tonight marks the first night of Sophie sleeping on the boat.

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Time: 11:20 am – 3:40 pm
Engine Hrs: 43.0 – 46.0;
Kinsale to Dennis Point =
43.0 – 43.6;
Dennis Point to Kinsale =
43.6 – 44.2;
Kinsale to Colonial Beach =
44.2 – 46.0
Conditions: slight wind, sunny but cool in the shade
Vessel: Beneteau Barracuda 9

Kinsale – Dennis Point – Kinsale: Lori, Sophie, Bill, Connie, and me
Kinsale – Colonial Beach: Lori, Sophie, and me

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