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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 ...
... that fresh salt air. There's miles of beach & you could see the 23 Mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. An interesting sight as the bridge stops at a man made island in the middle of the bay where it becomes a tunnel for a while, then the bidge starts again & continues to the other side!
Now its getting dark at 5pm, BBQing has to be done by flashlight!!
We found some interesting shells ...
On May 15 we departed at 0750 for Norfolk, leaving Marsh Harbour and exiting through the northern Man-O-War ocean pass with winds from the ENE at 15-20 kts. The weather forecast looked good for a non-stop passage to the Chesapeake Bay. Accordingly, our course was a little east of north as we were "aiming" for an entry into the Gulf Stream south of Cape Hatteras. Then we'd ride the stream in the ...
... a cab, which took us to our hotel.
We're looking forward to taking a swim, sleeping in a bed with air conditioning, then getting going early tomorrow. We're going to stop at Kitty Hawk, site of the first airplane flight, before heading on down to Pensacola.
Thanks to all the people who've followed this blog the past few days and offered your support. Knowing that you're there actually provided me with motivation to get it all ...
... way down and finish the passage on foresails alone. As the winds would be behind us this would not be a problem, but just slower on some points of sail. Going up the mast at sea to try to fix the problem is dangerous and not a reasonable option.
But with all the engineering acumen aboard (in the persons of Dave, Carter and Paul), we quickly brainstormed that after lowering the main we could cut the ...