Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Farewell Sandpiper

We bought our first sailboat a 30ft 1979, S2 9.2A called Sandpiper in early Spring 2005. She taught us to sail, navigate, and carry out boat maintence. She safely carried us from Worton Creek to Crisfield MD (the crab capital of the world!) and served as an introduction to new friends. We spent a 4th of July week-end in St Michaels, nights on the town in Baltimore, Spring Break in "Ego Alley" Annapolis and restaurants in Rock Hall all aboard Sandpiper.

S2's are known to sail well in light winds and Sandpiper proved herself many a summer's day on the Chesapeake Bay. Sailing on the Bay wouldn't be any fun without the occasional "ran aground" story. With the Gunkholers Guide literally as our guide, we tested the muddy bottom more than once in far reaching creeks up and down Maryland's Eastern and Western shores.

In between week-end and week-long cruises on the Chesapeake, we spent time upgrading and caring for Sandpiper. In July 2008, Sandpiper moved on to a new caretaker. Maybe we'll see her again soon out on the bay.