Today was the first real sail on Zanshin, departing Annapolis in the morning and heading down the Chesapeake to Solomon's Island to anchor. I had purchased the plotter map for the Caribbean and not for the Chesapeake, we have maps and a program called OpenCPN for that but didn't use them to depart Annapolis as we'd already done a day sail. We headed to the centre of the outlet and planned on passing the first mark on the wrong side and the water shoaled quickly. Although we put the boat in neutral to slow down we did hit the soft bottom at about 2 knots. All that within 10 minutes of departing! Judicious use of reverse got us off and then we booted up OpenCPN to discover that we'd tried to go through an area that was only 1.5 feet deep with our 8 ½ keel. After that we spent the day dodging fishing boat with trawls and the occasional lobster pot and made it into Solomon's Point just after dusk for a quiet and windless night at anchor.

Looking forward after departing Annapolis Looking through the dodger after departing the docks at Annapolis on the first day trip on the new boat.
(2011-12-02 16:39:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 125 Focus 3.16m)
Looking forward after departing Annapolis
Carmen and Bernd behind the dodger Carmen and Bernd in the warm wind-still area behind the dodger on the first day's trip out of Annapolis
[38°57'51.17"N 76°27'20.06"W (facing E)]
Carmen and Bernd behind the dodger
Thomas Point shoal lighthouse Thomas Point Shoal lighthouse on the Chesapeake
[38°55'46.68"N 76°25'19.25"W (facing W)]
Thomas Point shoal lighthouse
Carmen and Bernd sleeping Carmen and Bernd napping aboard on the first day trip out of Annapolis heading down the Chesapeake towards Norfolk
[38°57'26.18"N 76°27'8.94"W ]
Carmen and Bernd sleeping
MSC Rachele AIS fix The AIS information on the very big cargo ship MSC Rachele
(2011-12-02 19:04:50 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/60s] ISO 125 Focus 0.71m)
MSC Rachele AIS fix
Passing the MSC Rachele Passing the MSC Rachele in the deep water channel in the upper Chesapeake on our first day trip out of Annapolis.
(2011-12-02 19:10:15 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Passing the MSC Rachele
Passing Lowlands Queen cargo ship Passing the Lowlands Queen in the Chesapeake. We'd seen each other on AIS and passed within a half mile of each other.
(2011-12-02 20:54:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Passing Lowlands Queen cargo ship
Couscous dinner Carmen's vegetable ragout with couscous on our first night at anchor on the new boat at Solomon's Island in the Chesapeake
(2011-12-03 00:11:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 1.12m)
Couscous dinner
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