Wendy & Craig Celebrate the 4th

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Wendy, Radeen and Craig leaving the creek

What a great way to celebrate the 4th of July, along with the kickoff of our year aboard, with great friends, good sailing, a BBQ and Rock Hall Fireworks and Parade! We had a wonderful weekend with the goal of having NO PLAN….and I love how this worked out. We left the dock Saturday around 11 am for a daysail and to enjoy lunch on the water…next thing you know, we are sailing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for Annapolis, MD. Why?….because it is THERE….and we can! It is wonderful to share adventures with fun loving friends who enjoy sailing, know who to live on a boat and how to “go with the flow” and take it all in. We honestly had no intentions of going to Naptown, but there we were, under the Spa Creek Bridge on mooring #58.

We were treated to LIVE music and beautiful singing by Craig playing his traveling guitar. Then we realized we were the only boat in the harbor with LIVE MUSIC onboard.  Thank you, Craig! After a wonderful home cooked meal by Wendy, we enjoyed a trip to town and the crazy crowded streets of a holiday weekend. We were happy to return to the peacefulness of Island Spirit for a restful night.

Sunday, with thunderstorms in the forecast we braved the Chesapeake Bay crossing back to Rock Hall expecting to have no sailing winds. We hoisted sails in the Annapolis Harbor and motored out to the Spider where we killed the motor and had a wonderful beam reach sail under the center span and up to Kent Island. There we then took another gybe downwind to the Patapsco River. Then we had a fast reach back across the bay directly to the Rock Hall Harbor. The winds built to a high of 18 knots and we were treated to yet another unexpected day of great sailing!

Arriving in the Rock Hall Harbor, we dropped anchor off the Sailing Emporium where we set up  for a BBQ with Rob and Debbie in anticipation of the massive fireworks display. They arrived with the #1 treat anyone can bring to a boat….ICE CREAM and warm blueberry cobbler! UNREAL….so, Wendy suggested and everyone agreed that it would only be right that we should have this BEFORE the BBQ, as we would not want the ice cream to melt or the cobbler to cool. WHAT A FIRST COURSE!

After the traditional BBQ of hamburgers on the grill, we enjoyed the fireworks over the harbor and the colorful reflections on the water. Thank you, good friends, Wendy & Craig and Debbie & Rob for making this July 4th a special celebration with great friends. We had a blast…

Rough sailing days on Island Spirit

The girls visiting on the deck

Craig is a great sailor and loves to sail


Great friends, Rob & Debbie. (Rob commissioned Island Spirit!)

Craig, Hayden and Rob….great friends

Fireworks over the bow in the harbor

At the 4th of July Parade
Everyone loves a parade…even CRABBY the CRAB
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