Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Visiting St Michaels

Had a great weekend sailing to St Michaels, a very old Maryland town about 26 nautical miles south of Annapolis on the Easter Shaw of the Chesapeake bay. We averaged a good 5 knots in 10 to 15 knot winds on the way down, and had to motor on the way back on Saturday.

I went with Giles Howson and an alum from his college Anna, who is on a travel scholarship for 3 months in the US. After arriving in St Michaels, we had great crabs - a Chesapeake speciality.

The only downside was that we tried to fly the spinnaker, and in the process broke the wippet pole.

Will post photos later when I get them.

Am at work for a couple of days then back on vacation until Sep 4th.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sailing ... again

So, if you are a little bored of all of the sailing stuff, sorry here is some more! Had a great day on the Bay with Juliana, Rupa and Isabel. The weather was perfect - clear skies a good steady 10 to 15 knot wind and almost no chop.

We sailed out of Back Creek, down to the Thomas Point Lighthouse, up the Academy, around Spa Creek and then back to Mears.

It was probably one of the best sails this year. We made Thomas Point in less than hour, averaging a good 5 knots under sail.

They are restoring the light house and we saw a bunch of people from the Smithsonian on the rock. Click here for the restoration story. If you want to see more photos, please visit my Picassa Albums by clicking here.

Next weekend I am off for an overnighter to St Michaels with Giles. Cannot wait .....

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Alls well that ends well

I had a bit of a health scare this week, although all is ok. I had some chest pains and the doctor was a little worried that it was serious. In fact, it turns out that there is nothing wrong - after many, many EKGs and a heart stress test. I was at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlingtong ~ and I must say they all of the Doctors and Nurses were excellent.

I have also updated my site, which you may have seen if you are reading this. I am retiring my home server and moving to a hosted environment, and leveraging Google Picasa for my photos, as well as Blogspot for my blog. Google has moved on so much that it is much easier than trying to post photos by myself.

I am experimenting with Twitter having read quite a few articles about it. Twitter is a text message broadcast environment where you send quick updates or information to a defined group of friends. It is a bit hard to experiment with as I am not aware of anyone else who is using it.