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Survived a wild ride down the bay. Some of the roughest conditions we have experienced on the Chesapeake. Big waves. 30+ kt winds and lots of driving rain. Enjoyed our new cockpit enclosures as well as the heater we installed below. The AIS system which allowed us to identify ships during the night was a big help.
Navy ships don't use AIS so we slowed to enter Hampton Roads after sunrise. Still, with heavy ...
... were the conditions of the jail, where 13 of Blackbeard's pirates were held prior to being hanged. We examined the original cells of their imprisonment, where Devika asked whether they were served "good" or "bad" food. Another source of endless fascination was that colonial citizens didn't have indoor plumbing and thus had to use an outhouse (much like our own, at the cabin in NY); the only difference was that they referred to it demurely as "the ...
... and easy.
We had a fun naval base fighter jet show I'll upload the video when I can.
Our last bridge the Alligator River Bridge was a swinging bridge very cool. I mentioned earlier that we were anchoring another first in El Nido we are tucked into Swan Creek with a few lovely sail boaters for the night. Bryan did the anchor and I was captain just like BVI piece of cake :-). I ...
... and suddenly my purse appeared! It was a miracle! I was overwhelmed with joy! And of course bought Dipan dinner to return the favor.
After yummy Outback, we hung out by the river for awhile watching the sunset and Joel taught me a little about the boats (He works in the shipyard). We talked for awhile but when it got dark we had to head home :/ Me and joe said our goodbyes and road tripped back up north.
I can't wait to see all everybody again in Dec!
... br> We accomplished our non-stop passage plan, arriving at Willoughby Bay, Norfolk, VA on May 19 at 1205, and dropping anchor just outside Willoughby Harbor Marina. Distance of the passage was 660nm over 4 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes for an average speed of 6.6 kts. Pretty typical for our offshore passages.
Arriving in Norfolk, our plan had been to take Jim ashore in the dinghy to his ...