We were able to transport our Hobie Lynx pedaling kayaks down to the marina in the Yukon, one at a time. A truck would have been nice. We splashed them the next week to explore our immediate surroundings. We made three trips.
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Captain John of the F.D. Crockett. An historic buy boat of the Chesapeake. Captain John gave me a brief description of the local creeks from the Piankatank up to the Wicomoco (VA) River up at Reedville. More later…
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Our first destination cruise with Gaysie took place June 6, 2022. We wanted an interesting destination a couple of hours away. The criteria included good walking and historical significance. Also, we needed to test the Sea Keeper 6 system that was recalibrated by Shane. It worked perfectly.
We passed two lighthouses. Then tied up alongside the Yorktown Riverwalk Landing Marina. It was as advertised.
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After a few docking and maneuvering exercises at or slip at the Regatta Point Marina, we put on fuel at the Norview Fuel Dock. We headed out into the sunshine over the Rappahannock River to get Gaysie up to wide open throttle. Shane wanted to take the helm for the first few minutes of the exercise. Here are a couple of videos of the trial:
Katy and I received our initial training on Gaysie at the Hinckley dock in Annapolis. After delivery, Gaysie was commissioned at nearby in Whitehall, then brought to the Hinckley Sales Office dock by Shane Dowsland. He is our trainer, and an excellent trainer to be sure. We covered an amazing amount of material in three days. Jon Bullock, Sales Director in Annapolis made every aspect of our stay there great. Because weather was getting worse over the week, Shane volunteered to use day three of our training to cruise down to Deltaville with us. Here is Shane as we are departing for Deltaville. Photo by Jon Bullock.
As it turned out, the visibility kept declining. As a result, we got an hour or so of 1/10-1/2 mile visibility. This gave us good radar experience. I have a pretty good radar background, but Shane from Maine lives in the fog much of the year. We learned some really great low visibility practical lessons from him on this cruise. We broke out of the fog with about 30 minutes to go. So, not many photos, but this is what I shot:
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The new path to the UVA Golf Performance Center is open. I followed it to access the Birdwood grounds. My iPhone photos from the walk are in the gallery below. I love the Birdwood Tower and the old house. Sadly they are deteriorating as the UVA Foundation doesn’t seem to be taking care of them. The grounds are still beautiful to me. Photos taken from the front porch look across to our house, obscured by trees this time of year. More text later …
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