Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fishing Bay Yacht Club - at a dock

Not a lot of wind but enough for spinnakers at Fishing Bay
It was a perfect day for southing with winds 5 to 10 and 1 ft waves. We got off our anchor in Solomons at 7:30 and covered the 57 nm to arrive at FBYC by 3:00. We picked a calm day to pass across the mouth of the Potomac River, a notoriously rough passage. Today it was very tame for which we were thankful.

The docks are fixed but with little tide, they work well
We phoned ahead for a slip at the Fishing Bay Yacht Club, one of our favorite stops on the way south. It is completely protected in all directions and they offer one day of complimentary dockage for members from other yacht clubs. The grounds look out over Fishing Bay and also over the back creek where the boats are kept for best protection from weather. It was a Sunday night and they were almost full but the steward found one slip for us several docks in from out customary facedock.

Buddy is seated just above Ann. Great time with friends - one of the joys of cruising!!
Much to my surprise, I found Buddy DeRyder at the yacht club only two boats down from mine. Buddy and I had corresponded many times through the Beneteau423 forum on Yahoo but we hadn't met for many years. It was a treat to finally see him again. He was one of the charter members of the forum back in 2004. The forum now has over 700 members worldwide. We all retired to the clubhouse for hors d'oeuvres and wine which extended the wine hour to a more lengthy occasion. We did make it back to Fleetwing okay...

On Monday we're headed to Hampton and the Public Piers Marina for three days. We plan on provisioning and getting ready for entering the ICW to the Dismal Swamp Canal. Now our trip south starts in earnest with Mile Marker One by Norfolk.