Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Sailing Trip Begins

The captain aboard the ship has a laptop and we had a wireless connection. So I thought I would e-mail you all and say hi.

So far, it's been an interesting trip. Saturday morning, we sailed to Rock Hall to enjoy an evening at anchor in Swan Creek. We had our usual club party and had a nice peaceful evening.

Sunday morning, we got an early start and began the trek South. Winds were light until we got to the Bay Bridge. Then the wind picked up and we had a fantastic sail down the bay. We averaged about 6.5 - 7 knots which is pretty good for a sailboat. As evening came, the winds died again and we began to motor.

Then the fun began...around 10:30 PM, the engine all of a sudden started making a loud banging noise. It sounded like someone below with a hammer banging on the engine. We also started putting out either smoke or steam, but it was too dark to tell. Luckily, we were cruising South with another boat so they began to tow us for a bit. We eventually got a TowBoat to take us up to Solomon's Island. It was about a 3 hour tow ride. So we got into Solomon's about 4:00 in the morning on Monday. Obviously, followed by sleep.

Monday, we got a mechanic to check things out. Amazingly, everything was fine. He checked a few things. We started the engine and it ran beautifully. The only thing he could think of was that we had an injector stick which will cause the sounds we were hearing. So the good news is, all is good. The bad news is, we don't know exactly what happened.

That being the case, we felt it wasn't a good idea to head the 68 miles South to join the fleet. So we decided to stay in Solomon's until Friday and enjoy the many restaurants/shops/museum here. We'll just kick back and relax. Then Friday, we'll rejoin the fleet in Deltaville for the 4th of July festivities.

That's it from here. Off to see what adventures await us today in Solomon's Island. Catch you all soon!

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