WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE 2016
Journey: Triple L Estate – Stoney’s, Broomes Island – Triple L Estate
If I had realized the high winds were out of the north, I would not have considered going to Broomes by boat. If it weren’t for the fact that (a) we were going for cornhole, AND (b) the Corn Ho’s played the first game, AND (c) it takes so much time driving to Broomes, made worse by the base traffic – I would have turned around.
We headed into closely spaced waves of over 4 feet. If we went too slow we nearly buried the bow. If we went too fast the hull would bang against the waves, sounding as though the boat could possibly break in half. Not good at all. Trying to zig zag with the waves slightly to beam, also not an option as we then had to worry about the potential of rolling. That’s when you know things are serious. I took comfort in reminding myself – they claim the boat is built to handle the North Sea and English Channel. It might be able to handle the sea and the channel, but I began to wonder if it could handle us on the Patuxent. Lori reminded me the boat is still under warranty.
Thankfully we made it. I had hoped the land would block the wind when we docked. No such luck. Instead, the wind seemed to swirl around, making it difficult to determine which direction we’d be pushed. I considered pulling in forward to either side of the pier that juts out from the restaurant. I tired one side, then the other, but quickly aborted each attempt due to being pushed around. Finally we decided to attempt a forward docking along inside wall. We had to come in hot, but succeeded. So grateful to arrive safely and be securely tied.
When I arrived at the bar, Shrimp Boy already had an unsweet tea and doggy bowl of water waiting for us. So thankful as I had become quite parched on the way up river. At least we stayed dry on our journey thanks to the pilot house. The ride also taught me how the boat handled under conditions of rough seas.
A. chose to fish rather than play corn hole. He ended up catching some perch and a croaker. He and his friend made a sign, “Fish for Sale – Croaker $5, Purch $9” When he showed me his sign, I whispered in his ear, “Perch is spelled with an ‘e’ not a ‘u’.” He promptly informed his friend and made the correction. I must admit, spelling perch with a ‘u’ seems phonetically correct.
As soon as Lori finished her games we headed home. I was relieved to see that, as forecasted, the winds did calm down and the river settled down significantly.
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:35 pm
Conditions: VERY WINDY; high winds 17 mph from north in early evening, winds slacking to 9 mph in later evening, temperature: mid- 70’s in early evening becoming chilly as day slowly transformed into evening
Passengers: Capt KandL; Sophie
Vessel: ‘Gurlz Gotta Eat’
Radar now works thanks to Lori, under instruction from Annapolis Yacht Sales, reconfiguring the wiring.