Chance of rain, 100%. But, we have a comfortable all-weather trawler. So, at a leisurely 9 AM we untie our lines and back out of our slip at Chesapeake Harbour Marina, bound for the popular tourist destination on the eastern shore, St. Michaels. We are delighted to have old friends, the Cochrans, aboard. New friends, Jeff and Ellen, on their Krogen 44 move alongside us as we head south down the Bay. We use the opportunity to take photos of their beautiful boat and, likewise, they reciprocate. It’s always difficult getting pictures of your own boat while underway so we both appreciate this opportunity. No doubt Jeff (wax guru, a man “at one” with his polisher, a man who has polished every day all day for weeks to fully restore “Sea Dweller’s gloss) will appreciate the shine captured in these photos with storm clouds in the background.
Fortunately, the rain holds off. We pass anchored ships and the iconic Thomas Point Shoal lighthouse.
We manage to cross the Bay, turn into Eastern Bay at Bloody Point Bar Light and almost reach St. Michaels before the rain started. A shower passes and rinses the salt water off Tivoli as we motor up the channel into St. Michael’s harbor. We can immediately see why this is such a popular destination. Waterside restaurants, hotels, marinas and a maritime museum line the harbor. Flags fly, tour boats come and go, classic Chesapeake sailing vessels ply the waters. We call St. Michaels Marina and are soon settled in our slip, looking forward to exploring this quaint town (voted among the top 10 seaside towns).
Another fine day in life aboard Tivoli.