Vagabond to Tred Avon


Our vagabond to Oxford, Maryland to see the log canoes racing on the Tred Avon came off as planned. However we were able to entice only two boats to make the trip- Tony and Mary Stajkowski on Coventina and Rom Hrabak and myself on Babe. Conrad and Barb Vanino drove down to join us for dinner Saturday night. Our trip down on Saturday morning was uneventful. We made a quick stop in Galena to pick up permits for the ramp at Bellevue. Bellevue is a good ramp although it has limited parking. We got lucky with returning fisherman in late morning. We spent Saturday sailing the Tred Avon taking in the sights of the log canoes and the one design races going on everywhere. We entered Town Creek to find our slips at Hinckley Marina. We were assigned to the floating docks alongside the swimming pool.

Saturday night we went exploring – first the Tred Avon Y.C. who threw open their facility to all comers. It was fun walking the docks to chat with a crew from one of the canoes and to walk the yard checking out all the one designs. Opting to eat at Schooners we headed over to find the waterside bar and restaurant jumping with live music and lots of people enjoying the weekend festivities. After the walk back to the boats it didn’t take long to hit the sack!

Sunday was overcast with strong winds. The one designs were out in force and the log canoes ran a race of attrition. Of the dozen and a half canoes only nine ventured out and one promptly capsized. The eight canoes ventured out of sight onto the Choptank to start and run their race. The finish line was set up on the Tred Avon and when they came back in sight for the run to the finish there was only three still sailing and one of those capsized on the run up the river! After having sailed up and down the Tred Avon about eight or nine times we decided to call it a day and head in. We managed to get the boats knocked down for the trip home before the rains came down while we had lunch under the pavilion. It was a fun weekend and I’m already looking forward to the fall cruise to Fairlee and Rock Hall September 10-12. Start making your plans!
Tom Stoner