Because I was born on June 16 during the month of Gemini But not only that: the “Gem” in Gem&I stands for me, and “& I” stands for “and Damian.” So the boat literally means: “Hannah and Damian,” but in a creative way with a nod to my sign. We thought up this name while we were dreaming of one day owning a sailboat of our own. So when she came along for us to buy, it was a no-brainer of what we wanted to name her.
The photos above are of the Gem&I anchored in Dividing Creek on a lazy summer afternoon in June after a 4-hour sail. We are truly blessed to have our little 1986 Catalina 30. She is the perfect size for us to cruise the rivers and creeks around the Chesapeake Bay and has been well-cared for. All of the blue canvas that you see including the dodger and the bimini came with her when we purchased her.
You’d think on a Monday afternoon not many people would be out sailing the Wye East River and on top of that, fewer would choose to anchor in the same place, Dividing Creek. But on this Monday afternoon, you’d be wrong. We were the third sailboat to anchor in the Creek, and within two hours we had been joined by five more who arrived within about 10 minutes of one another.
We later found out that the five sailboats who had anchored behind us were part of the Upper Chesapeake Sailing Club. Even though the sailboats all anchored separately, they motored over to each other in their dinghies for a happy hour. Popular anchorage? I’d say so!
Air Leakage: the dinghy dilemma
After rowing our dinghy around and climbing out of it, we definitely noticed that it was losing air. So the small air hole that Damian had discovered with Billy and Rich the day before was indeed the cause of this leak. Fortunately, Damian had brought along Rich’s air pump so that we could pump the dinghy up after each use until we patched the second air leak.