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... for poor visibility we were ducking in and out of the channel to avoid Navy traffic.
During the trip down anything that wasn't fastened down below ended up on the floor in the salon. Left Annapolis at 2 Monday and arrived at Top Rack Marina at about 2 this afternoon. Rewarded ourselves with a great dinner out at the Amber Lantern Restaurant. Early to bed. Up at 5:30 tomorrow to get underway at first light.
... As we approached Virginia Beach we were buzzed by FA 18's fighter jets overhead! We soon found out we were camped near the Navel Air Station Oceana, the only Jet Base on the East Coast. We were serenaded with their daily training flights - or the sound of freedom! One night we had helicopters (I think) overhead until 1:30am YES in the middle of the night! They seem to be doing circuits for hours & hours. Needless to say we were not thrilled ...
... totally skunked. But on day 3 after the wind returned we were making good time with full mainsail and genoa in SW winds of 12-16, producing boat speed of 6 to 9 kts. Not long after dawn we hooked some sort of billfish – identified by seeing the head and bill break water – but we never positively identified it as it soon escaped via a broken hook. Next, we brought a nice mahi all the way ...
We left the Skyline Drive, Luray caverns area and headed east to Richmond, Va where we visited a civil war battle area called the Sunken Road, saw exhibits on the seige of Richmond and saw where the bullet holes have peirced the outside of several buildings, and visited and toured a restored civil war era tavern/ hotel to hear about their lives during that time. Continued east to Norfolk and Virginia Beach. It ...
... near the deck and hoist the mainsail without its 2:1 feature – using a single part halyard and minimizing luff tension on the sail. None of this required going up the mast, but it did mean this halyard would become too short to be used again as a 2:1 halyard. We implemented this plan and were sailing again in short order with the mainsail at the first reef and full genoa.
Early on May 28th ...