3 Days of Ingram Bay Anchorages

Because we are such lazy bums and didn’t leave our Deltaville anchorage until after 11AM, we didn’t have time to make the first Potomac River anchorages and headed for Ingram Bay instead. We saw dolphins for the first time in many weeks on our sail. Our first night, we stayed at a little cove and dinghy-ed Hastings to a boat ramp.

Dog enjoying dinghy boat ride, Virginia
Our little risk-taker!

We were expecting storms the second day and didn’t want to be caught in them, so headed to a more protected anchorage up the bay (and dinghy-ed Hastings to two different docks!)

Storm clouds over anchorage
Another day, another storm
After the cold front passed, we made an attempt to get into the Potomac River. We had 20 knots of wind and confused seas and Hastings was unhappy. Turning downwind to head back to the anchorage was easy!

We had read about a winery up Mill Creek that had wine and tapas. Lamb meatballs, radish salad, hummus, cheese, olives. Yummy! We anchored and immediately set off to find the winery. A dock with signs facing land looked promising, so we landed. The sign said “Private Landing”. The next cove had signs that said “JC Winery”. That’s better! We walked through someone’s yard and down a gravel path, noting that the main road was blocked to car traffic.
JC Winery, Virginia
JC Winery
We reached the winery tasting room and were greeted by a CLOSED sign. We had to walk back, hungry, thirsty, and disillusioned.

Mill Creek really is a lovely anchorage and we attempted to crab (Matt wants crab cakes) with absolutely no success.
Crabbing fail
Mill Creek anchorage
We’ve been surprised at how quiet anchorages in the bay have been - there seems to be a lot of boats sailing the bay, but we’ve often had anchorages to ourselves. We’ve also been very lucky with dark night skies and mostly bug free nights.
Sailboats in Mill Creek anchorage at sunset
Mill Creek Anchorage at sunset

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  1. Oh, my gosh, Hastings! Be careful so you don't fall in! Knowing your humans, they would be oblivious for ages that you weren't in the dinghy anymore and, of course, the dinghy engine would die on them again and it would be forever before they'd rescue you. Keep all your paws inside the dinghy :-)

    1. This is all very true! I only stand on the tube when in sight of the big boat, because I'm so excited to get back and check the dinner prep. This way, if I fall off and they are obliviously discussing wine, I can swim for home. I just hope I could scramble onto the swim steps - I've never had to do that before. -Woof, Hastings.

  2. Mill Creek sounded familiar, so I went into our archives of autumn 2007 and found photos of a protected anchorage, happy dogs in the water off a little beach and a handful of other sailboats. Thanks for the memories! I'm glad you are all having a good time, besides stumbling across a "closed" sign. As long as Hastings doesn't stumble off that tube! It always frightens me to see children and dogs ride on the bow of a planing dinghy... If they fall, the engine will go straight over them, I fear.

    1. Time travel! Fun!
      I have heard of terrible incidences involving pets people and propellers- definitely on my list of things not to do- yikes!


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