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All day and into the evening African Moon sailed at ~2 1/2 knots under OTTO, our windvane steering system. She was gently heeled at 10 degrees, moving with an easy motion on a flat bay, with only the wind dimpling the water.

Lunch came and went, the wine was sipped and she was a happy ship.

We moved toward our destination and were lifted toward the Patapsco River and our marina in Rock Creek. The western sky became crimson as we sailed on a gentle NE wind.

Day became night - we sailed through that magic time called twilight. The water and air were quiet, a chill slowly moved into the autumn air - it was magic.

Into the night we sailed - a tack here, a tack there, always moving toward home but hoping it would never end. We tacked to sail away from the Craighill Channel to avoid a ship and a barge as we sailed into the Patapsco River and eventually past the White Rocks in Rock Creek.

For us it was beautiful - a never ending memory of the joy of sharing the cockpit of a "little ship" making her passage home after nine wonderful days on the Chesapeake and experiencing her many secrets and magic.

- from the log of African Moon.

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