Just another port: Annapolis MD

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Approaching Annapolis MD harbor on Sunday, Ryan was grinning like a 12-year-old boy and shouting, “We’re here! We’re here! We’re in the sailing capital of the world!” (Our little joke because we Americans love saying we have the biggest, greatest, most important of anything in the world.)

The sun was shining, our sails were set to a close reach, and I was quickly running through all the right-of-way rules in my head, as there were easily 20 sailboats we needed to avoid hitting before pulling into Spa Creek.

The last time we were in Annapolis was two years ago, when we came down to the Boat Show to drool over catamarans and 40-foot monohulls we couldn’t afford, as well as to buy nautical-themed crap. We were still new to sailing, so we bought a lot of things like plastic cups with nautical flags on them, cat food dishes with “cat” spelled out in nautical flags, and duffel bags and pillows made of recycled sails. If you own anything that says “Captain” or has an anchor on it, you can probably sympathize with boat show over-indulgence. We got it out of our system at our first show; after that, we focused on more practical things like winches, sails and navigation systems. And, okay, maybe the odd bottle opener shaped like an anchor – they’re just so irresistible!

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Ryan looks like a kid at Christmas as we pull into Annapolis.

But I never would have imagined two years ago that we would arrive to Annapolis by boat one day. Even I couldn’t help but jump up and down like a 12-year-old as we pulled in. Or maybe I was just giddy because I could finally remove my thermal underwear and ski hat. (We still aren’t far enough south, as far as I’m concerned.)

Once we were moored in Spa Creek, we awaited the arrival of some D.C. area friends who had come down for the day to pop champagne and celebrate with us. They weren’t on board Hideaway long before they asked us how long it’d been since we’d started our journey. Ryan and I automatically said, “maybe a few weeks?” Then we wondered out loud, “Wait, what day is it? Sunday? Really? We left Tuesday? That can’t be… Really?! We’ve only been gone for 5 days?!!!”

What seemed like the impossible two years ago, had only just taken us five days to achieve. What?!

So, it turns out a dream as big as sailing around the world might be little more than a bunch of smaller dreams strung together, starting with goals like get to Cape May; then get to Delaware; then get to Maryland; and eventually, get to the Bahamas…or wherever. Maybe it’s only ever about getting to the next port.

And maybe that’s really the answer to the question of how to achieve any colossal dream: if you’re feeling scared or overwhelmed, don’t worry about the big picture. Just get yourself to the next stop, whatever that may be. The rest will follow.

Approaching Annapolis, MD.

Approaching Annapolis, MD.

Hideaway in Annapolis (photo by Justin Dent)

Friends of Hideaway: Ryan Bates, Captain Ryan, Justin & Anastasia Dent

Hideaway on Annapolis city mooring (photo by Justin Dent)

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  • Mina October 24, 2012, 10:40 am

    Ho, my God! Those pictures are beautiful! I am glad that you are all having good time. I trust God that you guys will have safe sailing until come back to home!
    With much love,
    Mom and Dad

  • Mid-Life Cruising! October 24, 2012, 10:53 am

    Annapolis looks like such a great place … Congrats on sailing there! Like you said, big dreams can be broken down into smaller achievements … that’s what’s getting us through to the dream of STARTING to cruise … LOL! It’s been difficult, but posts like yours move us along!

    • tashahacker October 24, 2012, 11:09 am

      Annapolis is gorgeous! And steeped in sailing…keep your chin up…the work will end and the sailing will start one day! You’re making it happen!

  • Anastasia October 24, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Annapolis: the sailing capital of the WORLD, right!? 🙂 Thanks for welcoming us aboard the Hideaway. Wishing you many more happy mini-grand adventures.

    • tashahacker October 24, 2012, 12:39 pm

      Ha ha! Thanks for coming down to see us! I love following your adventures on FB…and we hope you can join us for some sailing in the Caribbean!

  • Ross Cox October 24, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Tasha im loving following your journey on facebook gets me 1 day closer to achieving the very same trip. I have done all the research even called some ports for pricing. My only issue is its at least 15 years away. Keep up with the stories i have read everyone of them sounds awesome. Safe travels and keep an eye to the sky. Talk to you soon!!!

    • tashahacker October 24, 2012, 1:01 pm

      Hey Ross! I wish I could see you out here sooner rather than later! But if it’s a dream, you’ll make it happen! Keep in touch!

  • Kim October 24, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Are you still in Annapolis? We happened upon your blog today, and live downtown. We are in the process of planning our own escape via sailboat!
    It would be great to have a drink and compare notes.
    Let us know!

    Fair winds, and following seas!

    • Tasha October 24, 2012, 7:44 pm

      Hey Kim! Thanks for getting hold of us…when are you leaving and where are you headed? We ARE still in Annapolis, but we spent all day getting work done in Bert Jabin’s boat yard, so we’re hoping to leave in the morning to get out of here before the hurricane reaches us. I hope we can meet up somewhere along our route… let me know your plans!

  • Kristi Wilson October 26, 2012, 1:03 am

    So amazing! Glad to see you got to catch up with DC Ryan!

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