Well, a nice delivery from Annapolis to Block Island, all in all. Andy Burton and I left Annapolis at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning and arrived at Block Island today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. The wind was on the nose for pretty much the whole trip, and we got rained on a bit, but hey, it’s a delivery, right? High points of the trip included being joined by Scott, one of the boat’s regular crewmembers in Chesapeake City, a midnight encounter with six U.S. Navy Yard patrol craft (used to train the Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis the finer points of shiphandling) in the Delaware, and a beautiful run up the East River on Manhattan’s east side at midnight he next night. We chose to go through Plum Gut on an Ebb tide, and the current agains the wind made for a lumpy, but thankfully brief transit.
We arrived at Block Island Boat Basin in time to help Charlie Milligan and Bill Titus dock the King 40 Act One, and to get Scott and Andy to their respective ferries. The owners of the boat we delivered, Plum Crazy II, were kind enough to feed me a great dinner and a place to lay my weary head tonight. Great people, Leslie, Katie, and Andy Skibo. We’ll be racing against them all next week in the J/122 class, and I wish them, and us, the best of luck.
More to follow tomorrow, including some of the few pics I had a chance to take.
Sleep well, my friends. I know I will.