June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015  Day 3  New York Summer 2015
Mooring Ball, Annapolis Harbor
Annapolis, MD

We cruised another 50 miles on the Chesapeake Bay today to Annapolis. We left at 0700 – early enough to beat the storms and early enough to get a mooring ball – and we succeeded in both. We also had a good cruising day!

On the way into the harbor, we saw two tall ships at anchor, the Lynx and the Picton, both undoubtedly on their way to Philadelphia for the Tall Ships Festival later this week.  Annapolis is a mecca for all boats with its access to the Severn River, the Bay, and scenic creeks such as Spa Creek. And of course it is home to the US Naval Academy.  We saw many sailboats, mega yachts, kayaks, tour boats, and motor yachts.  We were here last year for almost a week and loved it.
The tall ship Lynx

The tall ship Picton

Storm arriving in Annapolis

Rainbow after the storm

We had dinner on board, and because of the impending storm, did not leave the boat.  The storm hit with a force at 7pm and lasted over an hour. We had lots of vertical lightning, rain, and wind. Bill saw lightning strike the mast of a sailboat moored here.  After the storm was over, we moved the boat to another mooring ball to provide greater distance from another boat. We were swinging rather close to it during the storm.

We may stay here another day but will wait until morning to decide.