Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009 Island Hopper left the dock in Herrington Harbour at 9:05 AM. Weather is another sunny day with clear blue skies. Wind North 5 - 10 and Seas 1. Temperatures are in the low 70's for a cool start. It is a sweatshirt and jacket day. Another great day for cruising. Island Hopper arrived at Haven Harbour at 1:00 PM. (http://www.havenharbour.com/)
The crew bicycled 5 miles around Rock Hall. They had a wonderful dinner at Osprey Point Inn. (http://www.ospreypoint.com/)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Island Hopper departed the dock at 9:05 AM. Today's journey is 40 miles to Herrington Harbour South Marina - Resort (http://www.herringtonharbour.com/) on Herring Bay. The weather is clear skies, sunny Winds 5 - 10 Northeast, Seas 1 --2 and temperatures in the lower 80's. Another pleasant day on the water. From the water, the shore south of Herring Bay is very attractive. Houses stand high on hills with their lawns sweeping down to the beach, or they cluster together under cool shade trees along the steep hillsides, or nestle in groups behind the sandy beaches. In addition to its beauty, Herring Bay is an important provisioning and repair center, for both power and sailboats. QUICK FACT: LNG TERMINAL Just south of St. Leonard on the Chesapeake Bay in Cove Point, MD lies Dominion Cove Point LNG, one of the country's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities. The Cove Point facility began receiving shipments between 1978 and 1980 and was re-opened by Columbia Gas in 1995, when it was used to liquefy, store and distribute domestic natural gas for use in mid-Atlantic. After several changes in ownership, Dominion received its first shipment at Cove Point in 2003. The LNG facility sits on just over 1000 acres, the majority of which is under protection; in addition to 800 acres under conversation management, 190 acres are freshwater marsh, and a country park accounts for another 80 acres of the property. Dominion says it is working with the environmental community to ensure the endangered plant and animal life. In and around the property is researched and maintained. Dominion is also a part of the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust, a partnership with the Sierra Club and the Maryland Conservation Council.
Island Hopper arrived at Herrington Harbour South at 1:15 PM. Herrington Harbour, tropically themed, is one of the most popular resort marinas on the Bay. The marina offers slips, restaurants, lounges, an inn and a range of services and amenities. South's well groomed grounds include sandy beaches, picnic tables and grills, and numerous recreation facilities.
View From The Beach DockThe crew explored the resort and then took a shuttle into a small beach town, North Beach. It has a boardwalk and a few shops. After cocktails on the stern, Barb, Ed, Debbie & Kevin walked to the resort's restaurant, Mangoes. They were entertained by BAD karaoke. Wow, what a night! Lot's of laughs.
Sign Outside the Restaurant
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
China and All!
Ed and Barb Enjoying The Steak Dinner
Kevin Eating Dinner On The Stern
Monday, July 6, 2009
Ed On The Dock
Sunset Over The Bow Of Island Hopper
David Craig & Elise Mann, Jessica Rogers, Ed & Barb Daniel
Meghan, Bill & Nora Buck
Robert, Liz, Duncan, Emma and Alistair
Beth, Kristen, Karen Hopper, Kit & Eric
Joan & Ian
Tom, Aynsley, Ella, Debbie and Kevin
Aynsley, Tom & Ella
Our Beautiful Granddaughter Ella
Aynsley & Emma
Tom and Ella
Dinner at Hooks in Georgetown
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Island Hopper departed the dock at 9:15 AM heading to the Capital Yacht Club in Washington, DC. Winds are 5 out of the Southwest. It was a calm cruise down the beautiful and scenic Potomac River.
Capital Yacht Club (CYC) was formed on October 19, 1892 by nine yachtsman who met on the naptha powered launch ALERT in order to hire a watchman to keep an eye on their vessels anchored in the newly formed Washington Channel. This was not long after the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) had begun a massive dredging project that created East Potomac Park, the Tidal Basin and created many of the features of the SW Washington Waterfront that we are familiar with today. The SW waterfront was still a working seaport, with fish wharfs, municipal piers for tobacco and farm produce, numerous ice and coal docks, towing companies and coastal steamship wharfs projecting into the Channel. CYC’s first facility was converted from a coal scow to a two level clubhouse known as THE ARK that was moored on the West side of the Washington Channel at the foot of ninth street beginning in 1894. By 1900 the club had grown to 30 members and leased property at 700 Water Street on which they built a 1 and a half story wooden building. The club continued to grow and in 1922 CYC moved into a new clubhouse near the club’s current location. This building was the classic yacht club with peaked roof, copula and second story balcony that we have many pictures of. CYC facilities at this time included a marine railway! From its inception, CYC was heavily involved with racing. Several regattas were held each year and CYC was a charter member of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) that began informally in 1906 and Incorporated in 1910. Racing was occasionally interrupted by war, but little else.
The crew relaxed and then took a cab into Georgetown for dinner at the Equinox restaurant. Equinox was chic with fabulous food.