Kuan Yin Rock Hall

Kuan Yin's trip from Rock Hall, MD

to Annapolis, MD and return

7-9 June 2003

Updated 06/20/2003 09:47

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Kuan Yin having come into our stewardship on Wednesday 4 June 2003, we wasted no time in getting out to sea on her.  The first weekend following we drove on Friday night to Rock Hall, MD where she was berthed in the prior owners' slip for radar repairs that were now complete (it was just a loose connector).  We sailed to Annapolis early Saturday morning and docked at City Dock for the traditional visit to Fawcett's Marine Hardware.  We then loaded up the rest of the crew and set off to enter the BOR Bermuda Ocean Race ShortTail qualifier race sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club.  Steve Alexander was cook and navigator.  Brian Johnson was race tactician.  C. J. Diamond was the mechanical propulsion advisor.  Steven's friend John, a former Sea Scout buddy, came along to help with sail trim.  With all the topside positions so ably filled, the Skipper was able to stay below much of the trip sorting through the lockers and the other stuff onboard to figure out just what all had come along with the boat at the time of her purchase.  Also on board were Sea Scouts Greg, Phil, Carl, Nyssa, Drew, and Leah plus female chaperone Lorna Brenneman.

DCP_2802.JPG (890171 bytes)  At Annapolis City Dock, Sea Scout Carl bails out the Whitehall, which took on water during the crossing from Rock Hall.

DCP_2803.JPG (595817 bytes)  Kuan Yin moored port side to the sea wall at City Dock, Annapolis, MD.

DCP_2804.JPG (532963 bytes)  Kuan Yin moored port side to the sea wall at City Dock, Annapolis, MD.

DCP_2810.JPG (496702 bytes)  Sea Scout Fearless Phil is hoisted aloft in the boatswain's chair to reeve signal halyards in the spreaders.

DCP_2811.JPG (633066 bytes)  C.J. and Drew tend to the main halyard with Phil aloft while Brian secures the new signal halyard.

DCP_2812.JPG (1025346 bytes)  Brian's son Michael steps lively while Nyssa and Greg contemplate race strategy.

DCP_2813.JPG (717210 bytes)  Chef Julius Child puts in an appearance at breakfast for the first meal ever served to Sea Scouts on Kuan Yin.  Bon Appetit! In his other life, the chef is also known as Chesapeake Flotilla Wardroom Rear Commodore Steve Alexander.

DCP_2814.JPG (838798 bytes)  Leah and Nyssa look on as Mrs. B serves up some smoked salmon for breakfast.  Who says that Ship 25 doesn't have female adult supervision?

DCP_2815.JPG (926000 bytes)  Drew, Phil, C.J., and John prepare to get the boat under way while the chef takes a break topside to enjoy one of his breakfast creations.

DCP_2817.JPG (551494 bytes)  This was about all we saw of the rest of the racing fleet - their transoms.  Near term plans for Kuan Yin include a new suit of sails.  After 23 years, the original sails need a rest.  With new sails, maybe they'll see OUR transom next time.  At least we won the GRIT award!

DCP_2819.JPG (427246 bytes)  Drew poses for a commercial for Sam's Cola.

DCP_2820.JPG (681127 bytes)  Brian at the helm expresses the view that new sails are a MUST HAVE if we are to be competitive.

DCP_2821.JPG (595467 bytes)  View of the butterfly hatch under way.

DCP_2822.JPG (760033 bytes)  Carl takes a break during his "off watch" time.

DCP_2823.JPG (846178 bytes)  Happy Face peaks out from all the detritus in the V-berth.

DCP_2824.JPG (718523 bytes)  C.J. muses that in Willit Run??, we'd have been around the buoys long ago.  Sorry, C.J. - I don't think you are allowed to use twin V-8's in a sailing race.

DCP_2825.JPG (869878 bytes)  The skipper's berth at left, the starboard quarter berth.

DCP_2826.JPG (422819 bytes)  The Annapolis Spider Buoy and the Naval Station's three "Towers of Power."

DCP_2828.JPG (874799 bytes)  Greg and Leah also sack out during an "off watch" moment.

DCP_2829a.JPG (786497 bytes)  Rare early colored lithograph of the Right Honorable Captain Horatio Hornblower, R.N., M.P., blowing his genuine all brass Dutch fog horn.  In his other life, Captain Hornblower is also known as Chesapeake Flotilla Wardroom Rear Commodore Steve Alexander.

DCP_2830.JPG (739198 bytes)  Northeast Region Sea Scout Commodore Bruce Chr. Johnson in his Coast Guard Auxiliary capacity gives Kuan Yin  her annual Coast Guard Courtesy Inspection.  After a double time trot to Fawcett's for some new up-to-date flares, Kuan Yin  passed with flying colors.

DCP_2831.JPG (826647 bytes)  The skipper affixes Kuan Yin's  new Coast Guard courtesy examination decal to the mast.

DCP_2832.JPG (853129 bytes)  The skipper affixes Kuan Yin's  new Coast Guard courtesy examination decal to the mast.

DCP_2833.JPG (874175 bytes)  Inspection complete, the skipper and Commodore Johnson exchange smiles.

DCP_2834.JPG (781542 bytes)  After a hard day of racing, the crew kicks back with some NON-Alcoholic beer.

DCP_2835.JPG (813891 bytes)  After a hard day of racing, the crew kicks back with some NON-Alcoholic beer.

DCP_2836.JPG (1076469 bytes)  On Monday, off Rock Hall, Nyssa takes her turn at the helm.

DCP_2837.JPG (1099483 bytes)  It was warm enough for a change (after a cold, rainy spring) to open Kuan Yin's beautiful butterfly hatches.

DCP_2838.JPG (984388 bytes)  Nyssa says this is a great way to spend a Monday.  "It's almost as much fun as being in school."

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