On the Water And In The Woods

Sea kayaking, sailing, and lightweight backpacking in the-Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Atlantic region

Monday, May 31, 2010


Ok, so it's not kayaking, or sailing, but it went along with a few days of camping, hiking and being outdoors: my big bass of the year:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sailing on the Chester and a cozy marina

Our annual sailing trip with our West Wight Potter 19 "Wight Magic" took place this year on the Chester River, on the upper eastern shore of Maryland.

We started and ended our six day trip at Rolph's Wharf Marina, several miles down river from Chestertown, Md. Several years ago I helped with a swim support held at this marina by Joe Stewart. It was nice to see the improvements over the years, and that the marina and it's owners Chip and Sandy are doing well with it. It's a comfortably sized marina with a pleasant atmosphere, friendly slip holders, reasonable rates, and very very clean facilities. I think it would appeal to many small boat owners.

The owners also run a Bed and Breakfast on the property, and transient slip holders receive breakfast at the B&B as part of the slip amenities. Very nice!

Wight Magic at Rolph's Wharf Marina getting ready to set out.

The Chester River has very little development - mostly farm fields and forests along the river shore. There are several sizable "creeks" and the Corsica river to explore and anchor in for the night.

We saw more Osprey and eagles than boats or people.

View from one of our anchorages for the night.

On the second to last day we saw a short mast potter, with bimini, blue roller furling jib, and with the V berth bunk windows on the river also - but too far away to gam or better identify.

Sunset from the beach at the marina.