Sailing Photos – Rhode River

We got off the pier again last week for an overnight on the Rhode River.  Making the 12.5 miles mostly under sail, we managed to get there in three hours on an incredibly smooth broad reach. Wind was from the west at 10-12, which meant there was no chop, as we were sailing under the lee of the western shore.  4.5-5.5 knots in smooth water was so completely surreal after all the chop and long fetch we’ve experienced this season.  We drank it in, enjoying every minute.

These kids were having a great time tacking back and forth in the river.

These kids were having a great time tacking back and forth in the river.  We had to take care to stay out of their way, as we were under power.

We got off to an uncharacteristically early start (for us) – we were underway by noon, so arrived at our anchorage well before dinner.  The warm weather and sticky sun screen made the prospect of a swim irresistible.  So far, no nettles in this part of the bay.  We cooled off in the water, nearly swamping our dinghy as we horsed around, pulling ourselves up and pushing off unexpectedly.

This vintage classic ketch with wood spars dressed up the anchorage for us.

This vintage classic ketch with wood spars dressed up the anchorage for us.

Wind chute life-saver.  Makes life below tolerable in hot weather, as long as the wind keeps up.

Wind chute air-conditioning. Makes life below tolerable in hot weather, as long as the wind keeps up.

I set up our wind chute on the fore hatch after swimming, and it funneled a hurricane through the boat, keeping us cool for the afternoon and through dinner time.  Wouldn’t you know, by bed time the wind had failed.  I couldn’t lay still, even with the fans blowing.  An excursion on deck with a settee cushion promised a cooler sleeping situation until the mosquitos found me.  Back below decks, I splashed water on myself and just lay down on the settee with a fan blowing.  Finally fell asleep for a while, until wakened by a strobe light around 0100. Well, not a strobe, but certainly a strobe effect. There was a huge thunderstorm approaching from the west.  I’ve never seen that much lightning in the sky at once.  Fortunately, most of it was cloud-to-cloud.  We scrambled to take down the wind chute and bimini, not knowing how strong the wind would be.  We had a few minutes of heavy rain, shifting gusty breezes (we swung all round the compass as the line squalls blew through) and thankfully, much cooler air. The breeze following the storm was gentle, but steady and cool.  We slept ’til 0800 next morning.

Water skiers and tubing parties went by constantly.  Rhode River is a great place for all kinds of water fun.

Water skiers and tubing parties went by constantly. Rhode River is a great place for all kinds of water fun.

We drank two pots of coffee, sailed the dinghy, drew in a sketchbook and relaxed while enjoying another incredibly beautiful day of moderate temps, blue skies, perfect breeze.  Up anchor again about noon, we set off towards Deale, as typical, one of the last boats to leave the anchorage. Bearing south after an hour of motoring allowed us to raise sail for a great run back to Herring Bay. The trip seemed to go so fast.

Made the mistake of throwing this little beggar a small piece of bread crust.

Made the mistake of throwing this little beggar a small piece of bread crust.

Then she invited herself onto the dinghy's gunnel, patiently waiting for more.  She would have landed in our cockpit if the bimini hadn't thwarted her 2 attempts.

Then she invited herself onto the dinghy’s gunnel, patiently waiting for more. She would have landed in our cockpit if the bimini hadn’t thwarted her two attempts.

The storm we experienced in Rhode River hit Deale pretty hard.  We had tree limbs down, a tree across the road, and one leaning onto our house from the neighbor’s yard.

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4 comments
  1. Anonymous said:

    Great sail, but sorry to hear of your difficulty once you returned home. Hope all damage was slight, no leaks and easy to repair.
    I was unable to get off the dock for the 2+ weeks at the boat. Not the boats fault or mine. Will be back up for a boat appointment on the 3rd of Sept. We are considering taking 2 weeks and sailing up the Bay. If all goes well we would even go as far as Baltimore, but that is not a must do. If I can find Deal on the map, you may see us sailing Finally up your creek. :-)
    Paul & Sylvia

  2. Sorry to hear about your aborted time on the boat this spring. Hopefully, September will bring better things. We are grateful that we don’t own the house we live in – renting is good! Our landlord takes good care of all the things that need attention at our place (he also owns the marina adjacent to our house where our boat is moored) and is, of course, on the hook for any damage that occurs.

    We’ve eschewed homeownership for now, having sold our house in Memphis this past November. It’s nice to be debt-free!

    Hope you guys can get this far north in September. Maybe we can meet you somewhere. . .

  3. Hello, my name is Megan Rutkai.

    I’m 16 and I live on Cadle Creek of the Rhode River. I started sailing in 2013 with my best friend and neighbor, Alexa Schoeneborn. During the school year, we sail for the South River High School Varsity Sailing Team. During the summer, we often take friends out sailing on my Hunter 216, which may sound familiar to you!

    Today, Alexa was researching the history of the Rhode River for a school project when she came across a Rhode River chart on Google. She clicked on the image which brought her to this blog, and while scrolling through, she saw that you have a picture of us with our friends sailing the Hunter 216! I thought this was a lovely coincidence that we found ourselves and your blog this way, and I thought I might bring the coincidence full-circle by commenting about it here.

    I hope you enjoyed your time on the beautiful Rhode River! We love it here and I feel so lucky to call this place my home.

    Best,

    Megan

    • Hi Megan! Very nice to hear from you. I remember that day, and you and friends sailing on the river that day very well. I remember thinking how much fun you were having. I too grew up on the water in Florida – on a lake – and those growing-up years playing with boats, swimming and fishing and profoundly influenced my entire life. We now live on the water on Rockhold Creek in Deale, MD and we love it here.

      We also love the Rhode River. It is so beautiful, so scenic, and such a peaceful anchorage. It is one of our favorite destinations when cruising.

      Thanks so much for making contact. See you on the water!

      Rick Bailey

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